Lillian Pellettieri Ford

April 4, 1942September 25, 2012

FORD, Lillian Pellettieri, Passed away on the 25th day of September 2012. She was predeceased by her husband, Jesse Hill Ford, the renown Southern writer, lecturer and literary instructor; parents, Emile Charles and Christine Shelton Pellettieri; brother Charles William Pellettieri also known as Wesdon Bishop movie producer. She was a graduate of St. Bernard Academy, Nashville and completed a B.A. and M.A. from George Peabody College, Nashville, where she was treasurer of Pi Gamma Chi. Mrs. Ford had a counseling degree from UCLA. She was a retired teacher with the Beverly Hills Unified School District. She was formerly a member of St. George Episcopal Church for a number of years and was treasurer of St Francis Chapter, Daughters of the King. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church. She is survived by her loving sister, Mary Christine Browning, Nashville, TN and two nieces, Emily Browning-May and Lily Browning, one great-niece and two great-nephews, as well as stepchildren Elizabeth Ford, Jackson, TN, Dr. Charles Davis Ford, Cedar Grove TN, and Jesse Hill “Jay” Ford III, Jackson, TN, and nine step-grandchildren. Memorial service will be conducted at ten thirty o’clock in the morning, Saturday, the 6th of October at St. Henry Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. In in lieu of customary remembrances, the family request with gratitude that contributions be directed to the Parkinson’s Foundation (ADEPEA) or Room in the Inn. A Private burial at Calvary Cemetery.


  • Visitation Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 6, 2012

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Ellen Fernandez

October 6, 2012

Dear Chris, I know you will miss Lillian so very much. You were always there for her. My continued prayers will go forth that you are at peace. The memorial service this morning was so lovely. You will be in my thoughts and I hope to see you soon. Much love, Ellen

Mac and Nancy Musgrove

October 6, 2012

You will be missed and you had a blessed life. My prayers to you and the family.

October 2, 2012

Dear, dear Mary Christine,

I loved your sister so and we had such wonderful times from Linden Ave to West Meade- from SBA play ground to the SBA chapel. And all the double dates,dances, etc.( where Lillian's beauty put us al in the shade). And I loved your family, your mother, your grandmother, your unbelievably kind and gentle father, and your wildly funny brother. I know how hard it is to be the last remaining one and I hope you realize what a great sister you were and how much that meant to everyone who ever knew Lillian. God bless you, honey. Millie McIlwaine Foye, Houston, TX

October 2, 2012

Chris, you have been a saint to her. Our family has you and your family in our prayers. She was a real beauty, and she looks like your twin in the photo you picked for her. Love, Mabry Rogers

Selene Sweck

October 1, 2012

Mary Christine, I'm so sorry for your loss. My mother and Aunt Nell loved your sister dearly. I remember how gracious your sister was to them when they visited her in California. God Bless you!


October 1, 2012

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Judy Slack Karabasz

September 30, 2012

Mary Christine so sorry for your lost. You have been such a true sister to Lillian. I shall have great memories of our childhood together. She was a kindred spirit.
Sincere sympathy and prayers to you,
Judy Slack Karabasz