Sandra Dawn Lilly

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Sandra Dawn Lilly, 79
WOOLWICH - Sandra Dawn Lilly died peacefully Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017, after a brief illness.
Dawn was born on Dec. 30, 1937, in Lisbon Falls, to loving parents Lorna and Heyward Newcomb. She graduated from Morse High School Class of 1956, where she was involved in many activities including cheerleading, MoHiBa, and the Morse Mentor newspaper. In 1957 she married Herbert B. Lilly Jr., Morse Class of 1954, and they built an active life and family together. When her children were school age, she worked for several years as a typist at BIW. At age 50, Dawn took college classes through the University of Maine, Augusta, toward a degree in writing. She was an accomplished writer and photographer. Dancing, sailing, travel and Scrabble were among her favorite activities. Through much of her life she was active in the Woolwich Historical Society and Sagadahoc Preservation, while also supporting many local and national causes. Late in life she made a trip alone on an adventure to China. She put her heart into everything she did as a parent and community member. Dawn's sharp intellect and high standards always presented her family and friends with challenges as well as opportunities for personal growth.
Dawn was predeceased by her parents, and her brother, David.
She is survived by her husband Herbert; her daughters, Heidi LaGanga, Paige Lilly, and Tamara Lilly and Tamara's partner Joe Bisson; and four grandchildren, Anthony and Samantha LaGanga, and Lorna and Matthew Stephens.
Visiting hours will be 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., in Bath, with a memorial service planned for 5:30 p.m. Please come to share your favorite memories of Dawn and join us for a reception to follow, in Woolwich. To share your thoughts and condolences with the family, please visit:

In lieu of flowers, please consider
a donation in Dawn's name to the
Morse High School
Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 1030
Bath, ME 04530
The family intends to create
a scholarship to be awarded to
a senior cheerleader planning
to attend a two- or four-year college.

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David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home
638 High Street
Bath, ME 04530
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 14, 2017
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