OBITUARY

Lilly Birdell DeWoody

November 3, 1927April 27, 2021
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Lilly B. DeWoody, age 93, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Funeral: Tuesday, May 4th, 2 p.m., Christ Chapel Bible Church (3701 Birchman Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107) with a Live Stream available at www.ccbcfamily.org/memorials. Burial: Laurel Land Funeral Home and Memorial Park (7100 Crowley Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76134). Visitation: Monday, May 3rd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Laurel Land.

Lilly was born November 3, 1927 in Norman, Oklahoma, to Dr. B.J. “Pappy Doc” Wilkerson and Ruth Harmon Wilkerson.

Often noted as one of the most beautiful, classy and sweet ladies in a room, Lilly was a most loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family and friends. She was loved and adored. Lilly was a faithful believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. She showed love and respect to everyone she met.

Lilly married the love of her life, Lt. Paul S. DeWoody, April 17, 1945 in Houston, Texas. Lilly and Paul were married for 55 years, during which time they modeled a faithful and caring marriage to their family; a legacy that will last generations. Theirs was a war-time romance and marriage. Paul and Lilly were members of what many refer to as America’s “greatest generation”. Paul was enlisted as a pilot in the Army Air Corp, and by the time he was 19, he had flown over 75 missions.

Lilly and Paul travelled the globe extensively and also lived in many places, including: in Texas, Houston, Georgetown, Carthage, Tyler, Dallas, and Fort Worth; In Louisiana, Monroe and Shreveport; Jackson, Mississippi; Duncan, Oklahoma; and before the Iranian revolution, 9 years in Tehran, Iran, where Paul headed Dresser Industries operations. Wherever they lived, Lilly always made her house a home and hosted many friends and family throughout the years.

Lilly and Paul made many dear American, European and Iranian friends while in Tehran. While there, Lilly served as the President of the Tehran American Women’s Club and as President of the International Women’s Club, and was involved in many other social and civic activities, including multiple encounters with the Empress of Iran.

Lilly was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her parents Dr. B.J. and Ruth Wilkerson; brother, Dr. B.J. Wilkerson, Jr.; son-in-law Carlos Storm; daughter-in-law Mary DeWoody; and a granddaughter, Stacy Ann Storm.

Lilly is survived by: daughter Dana Sue Storm; son Michael Paul DeWoody and wife, Patricia DeWoody; son Kevin Franklin DeWoody; and “loved as if a son”, nephew Steve DeWoody and wife, Harriet Jean DeWoody; grandchildren: Scott Storm and wife Stephanie Storm; Stephen Storm and wife Jacey Storm; Joseph DeWoody and wife Kimberly DeWoody; Regan Haggerty and husband Ryan Haggerty; Robert DeWoody and wife Erica DeWoody; Molly Kennedy and husband Aaron Kennedy; Ryan DeWoody and wife Crystal DeWoody; great-grandchildren: Nicholas, Carter and Hudson Storm; Jackson, Delaney and Lilly Storm; William and Sarah Beth DeWoody; Collin and Caroline Haggerty; Baylem Brenneis, River and Cobain DeWoody; Jayden, Jillian and Laike Kennedy; Haley, Kale and Emma DeWoody; sister: Kay Nan Sloan and husband, Jarred Sloan; sister-in-law: Betty Wilkerson; several generations of nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Lilly encountered very few charities in life that she was not eager to support, so in lieu of gifts or flowers, please contribute to one of your own favorite charities in her honor.

John 3:16 (NIV): For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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pam kainer

May 1, 2021

What a beautiful lady inside and out.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Don and Pam Kainer
Andrew and Elizabeth Kainer

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