Miriam "Mimi" A. Lilly

March 14, 1946 ~ December 1, 2020 (age 74)


Miriam A. Lilly, age 74, of Peterborough, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family, at Rivermead on  December 1, 2020.   She was born in Milwaukee, WI on March 14, 1946,  the daughter of William and Marcella (Adler) Gengler.

Mimi and her husband, Doug, shared 54 years of traveling, farming, teaching, healing and raising a wonderful family. Mimi was down-to-earth, loved children, loved Christmas, and embraced all the good and bad times that fill our lives. She wanted things to be “right”, and that meant talking, arguing and hugging until we could make sense of things. She would not let people go to bed with an unresolved argument or project. That meant decorating the Christmas cookies until the early morning hours, getting the newborn calf out of the creek, playing another song on the accordion, or finishing the family Christmas letter. Above all, she made sure you knew you were loved, both a gift and a blessing.   We will miss her music, her knitting, her flowers, her crossword puzzles, her books and letters, her stories and most of all, her beautiful smile. 

It gives us great peace she is with her father and mother, whom she loved deeply.

Miriam is survived by her husband Doug Lilly and her five children, Peter, Jacob, Kia, Lucas, and Charlie.

Services will be private for the family.



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