Lillian Bakewell, a resident of Pagosa Springs from 1975-1997, passed away in California on May 5. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley.
Lillian was born in Plymouth, Mich., the youngest of the six children of Guy and Esther Fisher. In 1945, she graduated from Harper Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit and on Dec. 20 of that year married Wesley Bakewell.
Early in their marriage Lil and Wes moved frequently due to Wes’ career in the U.S. Navy. Their longest and last stay was in San Diego, Calif., where Lil worked part time as an RN for the County of San Diego. After their retirements, they moved to Pagosa Springs, building the first house on Perry Drive north of town out Piedra Road. They were members of the Community United Methodist Church and active in Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of La Plata Chapter No. 83 in Durango.
Lil is survived by her four children and their spouses: Kristyne (William) Dresselhaus, Michelle Smith (George) Ludwig, Michael (Diane) Bakewell, and Scott (Darlene Fox) Bakewell. She is also survived by eight grandchildren who have vivid and wonderful memories of coming to Grandma and Grandpa’s in Pagosa Springs, by five great-grandchildren, and by her sister, Merle Minehart Dray.
Two months after Wes passed away in 2001, Lil was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was fully aware of what this diagnosis meant and for the last 10 years endured the slowly progressing ravages of this disease bravely and without complaint.
A service for Lil was held May 9 at the Santee United Methodist Church. Her ashes will be interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.
Anyone wishing to contact her family may send mail to Kristyne Dresselhaus at P.O. Box 710743, San Diego, CA 92171. Her children would love to hear from her Pagosa friends.