Lillian Marie Nader Dean, 96, of Greenwood, MS, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 1st, 2020 after a short illness at the North Sunflower Hospital in Ruleville, MS. A graveside service officiated by Father Jesus Sanchez will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Greenwood, MS.
Lillian was born to Lucille Helen Miller Nader and Alexander Kaiser Nader on July 6, 1924 in Dayton, Ohio. She was a graduate of Greenwood High School and worked as a bookkeeper for Russell Wholesale Grocer Company until their closing and then later for Balkamp. Lillian also spent time working with her mother Lucille in the family's A. Nader Grocery and Meat Market after the death of her father Alex.
Lillian was a lifelong communicant member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic church in Greenwood where she was active in Bible study and book club. Lillian’s sons and their families were a huge source of joy in Lillian’s life. She loved to celebrate all their accomplishments and it was typically with a handwritten note of congratulations. She took pride in never forgetting to mail a birthday card to her family members knowing exactly how to ensure that it would arrive on their special day. She enjoyed for her family to gather in her home for a meal and she was known for making their favorite Lebanese foods.
Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Lucille Nader, three brothers, Allan Paul Nader, James Edward Nader and Robert Eugene Nader; two sons, Michael Edward Dean and Robert Lee Dean. She is survived by one son, Steve Dean of Jacksonville, FL; daughter-in-law, Brenda Ellis Dean of Water Valley, MS; three grandchildren, Nat Dean (Jennifer) of Water Valley, MS, Kim Dean Price of Clinton, MS, Amber Dean of Jacksonville, FL; five great-grandchildren, Taylor, Sara Ellis and Drew Dean of Water Valley, MS; Andi and Cooper Price of Clinton, MS. In addition, she is survived by 2 sisters, Freida Nader Ghesquiere of Montigny-le-Tilleul, Belgium; Eleanor Nader Holtz of Raymondville, Mo; sister-in-law, Dolores Deaton Nader of Jackson, MS; and several nieces and nephews.
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