Lillian Rose Watkins Luke, 91, formerly of Ardmore, Okla., was born November 10, 1920, to P.S. and Martha Herold Watkins in Hobart, Okla. She died June 10, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Lillian graduated from Hobart High School in 1938 and attended Oklahoma A & M. She married J.C. Edward Luke of Gotebo, Okla., and they lived in Oklahoma City before moving to Gotebo to join J.C.’s father in the family grocery business. They moved to Ardmore in 1957 where they opened Luke’s IGA Foodliner. J.C. and Lillian worked side-by-side for many years, serving their loyal customers who became their friends. In 1993 they retired, and closed the new store (built in 1967) at the mall, after nearly 75 years of the Luke family in being in the grocery business.
Lillian and J.C. were members of First United Methodist Church and the Chester Dennis Sunday School class for more than 50 years, were docents at Ardmore’s Military Memorial Museum, were members of the American Legion and volunteered at the Veterans Center. Lillian was a 26-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 2003 J.C. and Lillian moved to Oklahoma City to live at the Fountains at Canterbury. After J.C.’s death in 2006, Lillian moved to Bellevue Health Center in OKC.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers John and Lloyd; sisters Florence Watkins and Bonnie Martin; son-in-law Jack Cornelison; and infant granddaughter Jalynn Cornelison.
Lillian is survived by daughters Joyce Cornelison of Ardmore, and daughters Jaren and Eric Shaw of San Antonio, Texas, and Jarae Marris and sons Kurt, Chad, and Nickolas of Ardmore; Janet Kime of Ardmore, and son Jayson and Robin Kime and children Jade, Blake, Trinity, Sethan and Lyric of Whitesboro, Texas; Judith and Kevin Turner of Edmond, and their children Kristin and Steven Cox and daughters Sophie, Sydnie, and Shalie of Piedmont, and Kelsey and Carrie Turner and son Luke, Frisco, Texas; and Jean and Bob Carroll and sons Jeff and Carrie Crane and children Garret, Zane, Catherine, and Tucker, all of Edmond, and Brian Crane of Dallas. She also is survived by many relatives and friends.
The family thanks the caregivers at Bellevue and Good Shepherd Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Military Memorial Museum, 35 Sunset Drive, Ardmore, OK 73402 or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 N.E. 13th St., OKC, OK 73104.
Memorial services for Lillian will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in Ardmore.
Interment rites were conducted June 11 at Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, Okla.
Thoughts and memories may be shared in the virtual guest book at www.legacy.com/oklahoman.