Lilly Mae Blackman a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on May 29 th , 2022, in the company of her granddaughter and niece, ending a life of love, service, and inspiration, at the age of 78. For more than 50 years, Lilly gracefully endured multiple sclerosis while raising a family, and being active in her community.
Lilly was born in Fairmont, NC on October 23, 1943, to the late Louise and Wesley Wilson, Jr. She was the oldest of 13 children (3 brothers and 9 sisters). Before settling in Logan WV, her family moved several times while she was between the ages of 6-weeks and 4-years old, because her father served in
the Army. Although her family moved to Chicago during her senior year of high school, Lilly stayed in Logan to care for her ailing grandparents. She joined her family in Chicago the day after she graduated from Aracoma High School in 1961.
After moving to Chicago, Lilly began working at the main Post Office. There she met her future husband, the late Carnecie L. Blackman, Jr. They raised three children, Renee Blackman-Gibson, Jeffrey (Dionne) Blackman, and Michael Blackman. She became a housewife shortly after the birth of her third child,
Michael. Despite having MS, she was very active in her church: singing in the choir, serving on the Altar Guild and leading the local Girl Scout Troop.
Following her husband’s retirement from the Post Office in 1985, they moved to Sunrise, FL. However, they returned to the Chicago area in 2009, after Carnecie suffered a stroke. Lilly lived with her middle child, Jeffrey, and his family, for the last 12 years of her life. She is survived by her three children, six grandchildren Kyla, Joseph, Devin, Makail, David and Olivia, and four great-grandchildren Davilyn, Dezyr, Tayden and Laila. Lilly is also survived by ten of her twelve siblings, and many nephews and nieces.
A memorial service for Lilly will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 1025 W. Lake St., Melrose Park, IL 60160. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:30 to 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society at http://tinyurl.com/Lilly-Blackman-MS.
Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options.