As beautiful as a rose to see, was her life she lived so gracefully. She made things precious by her touch; her selfless love lives on in each of us. The petals of her life fell one by one; each a gift of her heart till there were none. Yet her radiance blooms once again in fields of glory with no end.
Lillian McCray was born in 1937 by mid-wife in McIntosh County, Oklahoma. To her parents Nettie Edwards and Walter Margon, she was the only child born to this union. As a child she enjoyed helping her mother with her younger siblings and playing with her cousins. Lillian was a true country girl who loved to milk cows, tend to the chickens and was willing to help in any way that her grandmother Pearl would asked.
In 1950 Lillian married Luther Walker, together they had three children, Richard, Steven, and Debra Walker. The family soon relocated to Denver, Colorado, where Luther worked at Gates Rubber Company and she made the sacrifice for their family as a devoted Homemaker.
In 1956, Lillian later married Martin Golden, and to this union they had two children, Arvy Martin Golden Sr. and Lynette Golden. Martin worked as a Construction Worker while Lillian was once more blessed to be a Homemaker. Lillian and Martin spent a lot of time with their family and cherished every moment that they had. Lillian learned how to crochet and knit for her children. She always knew what to say to make others feel valued. She was very protective of her children and would not hold back in expressing her distaste for mistreatment.
By profession, Lillian worked at the Goodwill where she retired after many years of hard work and dedication. Despite her disability, she handled her duties with a spirit of excellence and never complained.
Lillian enjoyed going out dancing with her friends, Betsy Thomas, Mae Kelly, and sister Vaughn and Lietha. These ladies showed her the true meaning of friendship.
She was a woman of faith at a very early age. She held her membership at the First Baptist Church of Summit for many years under Pastor Clarence E. Woodfork Jr. before moving back to Denver, Colorado.
Later in life, she met and married Charles McCray whom she spent her golden years with. They loved each other so much; in their pastime, enjoyed going fishing together. They also invited family over often for gatherings which included playing dominoes, cards and eating lots of food. Lillian enjoyed spending time with her brothers and sisters. They always spent their time showing their appreciation and continuously bonding with one another.
Lillian is preceded in death by her husband Charles McCray, her sisters, Esther Phillips and Luvenia Armstrong; her brothers, Charlie Edwards and Johnnie Ray Burrell and her parents.
Lillian departed this life to the embrace of her savior Jesus Christ on February 14, 2021, in Denver, Colorado. Those left to cherish her memories include her five children, Richard Walker, Debra, Steven Walker, Lynette Golden and Arvy Golden; four sisters: Wynemia McGee, Lee A. Kirk, Mattie Tucker, and Sylvia Miller; brother Larry Burrrell; nine grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren; her aunt Betty Edwards; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
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