Lillian Newburn, 88, of Cherokee Village, the self-proclaimed "shortest woman in Sharp County," died after complications related to an automobile accident. Without a doubt, she has made an impact on the community and has a permanent place in the hearts of all who were privileged to know her.
Newburn could be seen most places bringing cheer and hospitality to everyone. From visting the sick to delivering newspapers and magazines to the White River Medical Center complex, plus attending every kind of community oriented meeting, Newburn was truly a person who loved this area and its people.
Her eternally positive attitude was a blessing to everyone who knew her. Even after the death of her husband, Elmer, last year, Newburn remained positive. Elmer's death was very near Christmas and as she shared the tearful story, she simply smiled and said, "He went to be with Jesus for his birthday."
This type of attitude was constantly conveyed by the loving woman who could find good in anything.
Newburn recently retired from White River Medical Center's marketing department. With a crowd of well wishers on hand, Newburn smiled brilliantly as she visited with everyone who came to share her special day.
She had a deep rooted love for her community and was very active in many local organizations and fraternities until just weeks before her death.
She was the 1999 recipient of the Wilson E. Green Community Service Award; a member of The Spring River Chamber of Commerce; member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; member of the Spring River Professional and Business Woman's organization, including the Woman of the Year Award in 1995; member of the Quad City Rotary Club, including the Paul Harris Award in 2009; President of the St. Michaels Parrish Council; member of the St. Michaels Extra-Ordinary Ministries; member of the St. Michaels Altar Society; Eucharistic Minister to the home bound; member of the Highland Elk's Lodge; and Newburn was also a very strong supporter of the New Beginnings Pregnancy Center.
In her honor, a fund has been set up towards the cost of the Pregnancy Center's new ultrasound machine.
A Rosary Service was held March 12 at Heath Oak Hill Chapel, A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date for Newburn, with interment at St. Michaels Columbarium. A full obituary is listed in this week's edition.
A little piece of the little lady from Sharp County will live in each of us who were privileged enough to have had her in our lives.