October 31, 1909 - March 21, 2014
Make me humble and thankful for the gift of all this beauty in nature, and never let me grow beyond the full appreciation of its wonder. This is my Prayer.
Long-time Douglas Country resident Lillian Fredricka Marsters, passed peacefully Friday, March 21, 2014, at the age of 104, with family by her side.
Our dear Lillian will be forever remembered for the way she cared for family and friends, her generous and kind spirit, her profound faith, her love of nature, her boundless sense of humor, and for seldom uttering an unkind word about anyone. She was a blessing to all who knew and loved her.
Lillian, also known as Aunt Ling to various family members, was born on Halloween 1909 in Lennox, Mass., to William Valentine and Clara Augusta (Dodenhoff) Sporer, into a family of two brothers and two sisters. She moved with her mother and sister Florence to Oregon early in her life and was among the first graduates of Roseburg High School, where Lillian enjoyed singing alto in the school choir. The third sister, Henrietta, stayed on the East Coast, but all three sisters were reunited in Roseburg in 1947. Both brothers, Frederick “Bud” Sporer and Robert “Bus” Sporer, fought in World War II. Brother Bus was captured by the Japanese during the war, returning to Roseburg in 1945.
Lillian spent considerable time in the Days Creek/Tiller area before relocating to Bremerton, Wash., and then finally settling in Roseburg where she worked tirelessly in a series of secretarial positions with Roy O. Young Insurance and the Umpqua Water Basin. She retired at age 75.
She married twice, first to Roy Campbell with whom she had two children, Donald Brian Campbell and Myrna Kathryn (Marsters) Chitwood; and then to Lucius (Lou) Leland Marsters. She was preceded in death by both husbands, both children, and two grandchildren, Cathi Kaye Chitwood and Dana Katherine (Campbell) Bennett.
Gardening, cooking and spending time with grandkids (including reading endless bedtime stories) were major pleasures for Lillian throughout her life. She was a member of the First Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and sang joyously in the choir for many years.
Lillian is survived by her sister, Florence Peterson; grandchildren, Shelley Anne Chitwood and Robert Chitwood; son-in-law, Carl Steve Chitwood; grandchildren, Donald B. Campbell, Jr., Teri Joyce (Campbell) Burr, and Lyn Elaine Campbell-Turner, and their mother Joyce May (Johnson) Burr; great-grandchildren, Shelton Matthew Bennett, Beth Lyn McGhee, Brenna Ceilidh Campbell, Spenser Campbell Turner, Shelby Nicole Turner, and Marianne Clara Mapes; and great-great- grandchildren, Alex Kaitlyn McGhee and Ashlyn Codi McGhee, Amaru Nesta Bennett, Kyan Ossian Bennett, and Orion Helios Bennett; nieces, Lani Ross and Pam Sporer; and Donald, Sr.’s wife, Heather Campbell.
In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, please make donations in her name to the Boys & Girls Club of Roseburg, Umpqua Community Action Network (UCAN), the Umpqua Valley Humane Society and the First Methodist Church of Roseburg.