Lillian Shotter Barnes, 73, passed away August 5, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with cancer. Lillian was born February 15, 1946, in Rockville Centre, New York, the only child of the late Kenneth and Klora Shotter.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, John Carpenter, her two devoted sons, John Christopher (Cari Lee West), Gregory Scott (April McKenna Scanlon), four grandchildren Jackson Scott, John Kenneth, Cole Edmund, and Benjamin Christopher, two uncles Charles Brewster (Betty) and Robert Brewster (Christine), an aunt, Janet Pecunies, and several cousins and their children.
Lillian was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her generous nature and devotion to others are remembered well by all who knew her. She supported her husband, her high school sweetheart, as they journeyed through all walks of life. Taking care of and spending time with family was the joy of her life.
As her sons married and became fathers themselves, Lillian found great delight in spending time with her grandsons and watching them grow. She adored her grandsons wholeheartedly.
After graduating Riviera Beach High School, Lillian held onto a special group of eight girlfriends whose relationships she treasured and maintained throughout the years. Their annual get-together was a special time of memories and celebration for all that life had brought. As an only child, this sisterhood was a cherished blessing to her.
Later in life, she connected with family in New Hampshire and felt blessed to see her family expand even more as she was warmly welcomed by relatives that she had not known in her youth.
Lillian always showed strength during hard times, love in the face of suffering, and joy for all during happier times. She will be deeply missed by everyone she touched.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate her life and cherish her memories. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs.