Lillian Tiager Raywood of Hendersonville, NC passed away April 7, 2017 at the age of 94. She was born and raised in Navesink and Red Bank New Jersey and graduated from Red Bank High School. Lillian was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Raywood and daughter, Sondra Stafford. Lillian, better known as Tiager, was a strong, independent woman who remained in her home until age 94- over twenty years after her husband's death. From a teen until retirement, she worked full-time at interesting jobs and established herself as a leader in every endeavor. Tiager loved bird watching and incorporated her passion into trips near and far. Hiking and camping with John was a favorite pastime. Instead of watching TV, she developed skills like knitting, painting eggs, weaving pine straw baskets, playing bells, and making such things as stained glass kaleidoscopes, Japanese rice paper paintings, and paper. Tiager was generous with family and friends and supported various philanthropic interests for nature and her church, St. Barnabas Catholic Church. She also created a college scholarship in memory of her husband for children of Knights of Columbus members. Lillian's quick wit and teasing sense of humor will be remembered fondly. A graveside service will be held on April 22 at 2:00 pm at Shepherd Memorial Park in Hendersonville, NC with a reception afterward. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the John Paul Raywood Scholarship, PO Box 1108, Hendersonville, NC 28793; 828-697-6224.
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