Lil­lian has her smile back

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - — Bar­bara Adolfi

In a mere four days in Oc­to­ber 2018, just prior to her 80th birth­day, 75 gen­er­ous fam­ily and friends who love and ad­mire Lil­lian Free­man Ay­lor met the GoFundMe goal of $10,000 needed for den­tal work that would re­store her beau­ti­ful smile.

Rapid do­na­tions, large and small, were tes­ti­mony to the in­tegrity, kind­ness and de­ter­mi­na­tion of a woman who has met all chal­lenges in her life with de­vo­tion to God, in­tel­li­gence and a quiet strength. Lil­lian is a much ad­mired cit­i­zen of Rappahannock County and be­yond.

Lil­lian per­sisted through a two month long com­pli­cated and painful oral surgery process, but emerged in re­cent days with her full smile. The rapid re­sponse to the needs of this dear woman is but one more ex­am­ple of the tri­umph of com­mu­nity and car­ing in Rappahannock County. Thanks to every­body who made it pos­si­ble — Lil­lian has her smile again.

Lil­lian con­tin­ues to cook her gourmet break­fasts at the Mt. Ver­non Inn and will move to­ward the 2019 com­ple­tion of her mem­oirs through a RAAC Mitchell Arts Fund grant. The book will in­clude her most re­quested recipes, as well as in­trigu­ing in­for­ma­tion on her DNA (fam­ily oral his­tory iden­ti­fies her grand­fa­ther from a prom­i­nent fam­ily in Rappahannock County).

BY RAY BOC

Lil­lian Ay­lor is all smiles thanks to car­ing Rappahannock res­i­dents.

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