Biography: Lillian Reidout was born to the proud parents of Robert and Beatrice Robinson on November 12, 1917, in Savannah, Georgia.
Lillian was educated in the Chatham School System where she attended attended the Rose Dew and Cuyler Schools.
In 1960 she met and married Mr. William Reidout. As a member of a long line of professional cooks which included her mother and grandmother, Lillian joined the ranks as a salad girl at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida in 1939. Following, she worked at Maxwell Kosher Restaurant in Miami, and at a resort in Monticello.
In 1954, Lillian moved to New York where she began working in private homes after a brief employment at a Automat Luncheonette on 23rd Street. Following employment with the Weisberg and Gutfrend families, she began working for Shirley Cowell as head housekeeper and cook. Lillian continued working in that position until her retirement in 1987 at the age of 70. However, missing her work, she returned to employment for another ten years. During her long career, Lillian met and enjoyed the company of celebrity and royalty including Eileen Farrell, Johnny Mathis and Lena Horne (who loved her fried chicken) among others.
Lillian was a faithful communicant of the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church for 42 years, having earlier attended the Emmanuel Baptist Church, and Shiloh Baptist Church. In 2016 Lillian joined the House of God, Hebrew Pentecostal Church , Located in Newburg, New York. Although she was baptized at an early age, she was baptized again at the age of 98 in Lake Tiorati, Harriman, New York.
Throughout her life’s journey, Lillian had been near and dear to her family. Preceding her in death, are her daughter, Anna Florence Pringle-Ross, adopted son Gregory Terrell, her sister Mary Smith-Collins, brothers - Henry Champion and Frank Robinson.
Lillian leaves to cherish her memory, Grandchildren - Beatrice Ashton- (Anthony Ashton Sr.,) and Frank Ross. Great-grandchildren, Yvette Johnson, Anthony Ashton 2nd. Great, great-grandchildren – Jamal and Jalisa Hankerson, Amorie Ashton and a host of family, church family and friends.
Special Thanks to my sister by another mother – Diane Davis you were “The Wind Beneath My Wings” – caring for mommy as though she were your own mother and for always being supportive.