Lila Faye Ellman Herbert

Born September 10, 1929

Lila Faye Herbert September 10, 1929 - September 16, 2013

In celebration of the life of Lila Faye Herbert.

Lila Faye Herbert died September 16, 2013 surrounded by her family after a heroic battle against cancer. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many.

Born on September 10, 1929 in Chicago, IL to Sarah “Susie” and Samuel M. Ellman, Lila lived with her three sisters, Gloria, Judith and Caryl. Lila graduated from Michigan State University and quickly became a much admired and successful second grade teacher.

Lila married the love of her life Ira C. “Ike” Herbert in 1949 and worked side by side with him to build a loving home for her three children, Carrie, Jeff, and Fred. They danced together at their children’s weddings to Andy, Helen and Amie, respectively.

Lila’s heart was broken on March 4, 1995 when Ike passed away. While loved and surrounded by friends and family, she never recovered from the loss. Still she found great joy in her nine grandchildren: Drew and Blair; Sarah, Caroline, Jack, and Allison; and Carly, Ian and Chase, as well as numerous nieces, and nephews.

Lila’s greatest gifts were her kindness, loving nature and fierce loyalty to her family. We all miss her terribly, finding comfort only in the chance that she may, at last, have been reunited with Ike.

Lila, we love you with all our hearts and miss you. We are in awe of the fierce battle you waged to give all of us who loved you more time to spend in your presence.

The funeral will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St. NE. , Atlanta, GA at 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the United States Holocaust Museum or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at


  • Funeral Service Friday, September 20, 2013

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Janey Marks

November 4, 2013

While saddened to read of Lila's passing, I'm heartened by the wonderful memories I have of Lila and my mom, Lois Marks, when the Herberts lived in Houston. These 2 women were like long lost soulmates who finally found each other, and shared a special friendship with lots of laughter and tears, that continued beyond the Herberts departure from Houston, until my mom's passing in 1988. I know that Lila and my mom are up in heaven right now, cutting up and laughing up a storm.

Jane Butkin Wagner

October 7, 2013

I was fortunate to get to know Lila (and Ike) in the late '70's when I moved to Houston, but feel I knew her before then from my mother's many stories, as they were close friends from college. The world lost one of its kindest, most loving and gracious women. My heart goes out to Lila's children and grandchildren. I hope, in time, that their vast repertoire of joyful memories comforts and sustains them.

S Lerer

September 27, 2013

The staff of American Cancer Fund® at is sorry to hear of Lila's passing. We have received a generous memorial donation in her name and our sincere condolences go out to her family.

Rev. 21:3, 4 ~ Kim

September 22, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Emily and Brian Kaineg

September 21, 2013

Lila was such a caring and sweet neighbor. We will miss her on Ranier. We send our deepest condolences to the family. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate her beautiful life.

September 20, 2013

Lila was a great friend and neighbor. She will be dearly missed. Erika, Chuck, and Lydia Eaton

Frances Rarker

September 20, 2013

Knowing Lila and witnessing her deep caring for the children of this community was a joy. Her strength was remarkable!
My deepest sympathies to the family.


September 20, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Joyce Wingate- Sligh, RN

September 20, 2013

To the Family Mrs. Herbert The candle is a symbol of the everlasting flame of courage and hope she displayed during her illness.

Ginny McNally

September 18, 2013

Dear Herbert Family, I have lunched and spoken with Lila many times over the past 20 years. She was so dear to me, and I will miss her greatly.