Burial: Aft 29 Jun 1990 Cremated. Ashes scattered along the sand dunes of the southern Oregon coast 1
Name: Lillian Flora Cushing
Birth: 2 Dec 1903 in Dowagiac, Cass, Michigan 2
Death: 29 Jun 1990 in Salem, Marion, Oregon
Lillian Flora Cushing was born Dec. 2, 1903 in Dowagiac, MI, the daughter of William and Flora (Hickmott) Cushing. In 1917, William Cushing died and in 1920 his widow, Flora, married Darwin Sutherland, former mayor of Benton Harbor, MI, who adopted Lillian. She then took his surname.
Title: Lillian Flora Cushing (1903 - 1990)
After studying voice at the Bush Conservatory of Music in Chicago, in June 1924 Lillian sailed to Florence, Italy for further voice lessons. Upon her return in 1925 she married Stewart Nye in South Bend, IN. The couple divorced in 1934, having one child during their marriage; the only child for both of them.
During the 1930s, Lillian lived at home with her parents, earning her living in a variety of ways, including selling Klad-Ezee children's clothes. After the outbreak of World War II, Lillian volunteered at the local Selective Service Board office. Later she was hired as a secretary and she remained in that job until her stroke in late 1969.
In addition to her regular employment, Lillian was also a church choir director and often sang at local events. When searching local newspapers, her name was quite often mentioned as performing at some event.
On Sept. 4, 1949 in Benton Harbor, Lillian married Perry Weimar (original surname: Weimer). They purchased a home on Jennings St. in Benton Harbor, where they remained until about 1955, when they moved to a large farm house in nearby Sodus. By 1960 they sold that house and purchased back their Jennings St. house.
In about 1969, Lillian suffered a stroke. Despite obvious signs of a stroke, her husband waited three days to take her to a hospital. By then it was too late for any therapy to help Lillian regain her communication skills or mobility. For the remainder of her life, Lillian's beautiful singing voice was silenced and she depended on others to meet her needs. Despite her condition, and a lifetime of smoking, Lillian lived to 1990, when she died at the age of 86.
1969 Benton Harbor-St. Joseph City Directory:
Weimar, Lillian C., Mrs., Exec Sec Selective Serv Sys Lcal Bd No 11,
Weimar, Perry C. (Lillian C.) Collector, Merchants Credit Bur, H1176
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1. Cushing Sutherland Weimar, Lillian, Life Insurance Application 1952
2. Cushing Sutherland Weimar, Lillian, Family History Outline
3. Cushing Sutherland, Lillian, Certificate of Death
4. Cushing Sutherland, Lillian, and Weimar, Weimar, Marriage License/Certificate
Father: William Gilbert Cushing b: 29 Apr 1858 in Silver Creek, Cass, Michigan
Mother: Flora Elizabeth Hickmott b: 4 Oct 1875 in Pipestone, Berrien, Michigan
Stewart Byron Nye b: 28 Jan 1906 in Saint Joseph, Berrien, Michigan
8 Jul 1925
in South Bend, Saint Joseph, Indiana
- Sally Ann Nye b: Abt 1926
Perry Commodor Weimar b: 29 Jan 1905 in Coloma, Berrien, Michigan
4 Sep 1949
in Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan
- Title: Findagrave.com
- Title: 1930 US Census
Page: Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan
Text: 1930 Federal Census (4/5/1920) ED 11-9, p. 3A, res. 76, 685 Colfax Ave. Benton Harbor, Benton twp., Berrien Co., MI: family 80: Chamberlin, Raymond, rents Lucile family 81: Nye, Stuart B., rents @@@ $35/mo., has a radio, 25, m. @@ 20, MI MI MI, undertaker at undertaking parlor, has been on unemployment for 6 mos. Lillian S., 25, m. @@ 20, MI MI MI, private vocal teacher, working