We have at least a half dozen Lillies and Rosa’s and one Violet in our family, but this theme makes me think of my father’s Aunt Lillie. Did you know that lilies come in white, yellow, pink, red, and orange, and each color means something different? My Aunt Lillie is more of the orange type. She seems to be a person that symbolizes pride and confidence. In our family, I picture Aunt Lillie as the leader in the Miller family.
On February 8th, 1901, Aunt Lillie was born in Union Springs, Bullock County, Alabama. She appeared in the 1910 census on April 29th as the Daughter of Robert and Lilly Miller, Union Springs, Bullock County, Alabama. She married Eddie Lee Smart on December 11th, 1919, in Summit County, Ohio. In January 1920, Lillie and Eddie S Smart lived at 3415 Orange Av in Cleveland, Ward 12, Ohio. Her sister, Mattie Miller, 16, also lived in the household. Eddie works as a Hoe keeper [I don’t know what that is.] at an electric plant. In 1930 Lillie and Edward L Smart were still living in Cleveland but at 2436 East 61st Street. Children in the household were Anna L, Harry, Mary, Edward, and Helen. Eddie now worked as a Bricklayer. By 1940, Edward Smart was deceased and Lillie, head of household, now lived at 7219 Chamberlain Ave in Cleveland. The children remaining in the house were Harry, Edward, and Helen. Living with Lillie is John Miller, her brother, with his children, John and Frank. John works as a Grinder in a Steel Foundry. At her death in 1974, Lillie lived at 949 Penn Ave. Akron, Ohio, with her husband, William Sherfield. The burial was at Highland Hills, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.