On May 18, 2022, Mary S. Tillman passed away at the age of 98.
Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, she came to California as a young girl during the Great Depression with her father and siblings. They were migrant workers in the fields for many years until they settled in Vista. This town was her home for almost 80 years. She attended Vista High School during its first years. Married at a small chapel in Las Vegas to Robert G. Tillman, in 1950, they raised a small but dedicated family.
A fruit packer for King Salad Avocado Co. she once bragged she was asked to pack a box of avocados to be sent to the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II.
Mary took joy in her garden, full of flowers, fruit trees and bird feeders. She was known to make pomegranate jelly -blood jelly as her grandson called it- from the fresh fruit in her garden. Throughout her lifetime she had several pets and was almost as fond of them as she was her “grandbabies”. She lovingly nurtured her grandchildren and cared for her friends and neighbors.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband in 2018. She will be remembered fondly by her son, Robert W. Tillman, his wife Billie, two grandchildren, Chris Tillman and his wife Nancy, and Michelle Bourdon and her husband Derreck and her two great-grandchildren, Mary and Nicholas Bourdon.
Memorial service to take place Tuesday June, 7 at 1pm at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside.
Thank you to Kathy Soumountha and Elizabeth Hospice, for easing her transition.