Lillian Jeanne Satterfield was known by Lil or Lilly to her family and friends. Born June 26th, 1936 in Santa Monica, California to Archie and Evelyn Roberts. Lil had one sister, Patricia, and three children, four step children, seven grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. Lil lived in Riverside, California and was married to Lawson Robert “Bob” Satterfield in 1975 until his death in 2018. Lillian was an excellent cook and worked in the catering and food service industry and regularly prepared meals for family and friends. She also served in the Travel Department of the Janet Goeske Senior Center in Riverside where she was able to see much of the world. Lillian was creative and made quilts or knit blankets and donated them to many people over the years. She will be most remembered for her kindness, generosity, laughter, curiosity and a feisty spirit. Lillian will be buried alongside her husband Bob at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.
Below is a special poem that Lillian loved and had saved for her eulogy.
I AM FREE
Don’t grieve for me, for I am free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day.
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at close of day.
If parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Yes, these too I will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine for tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now; He set me free.