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Lillian Gladys Cutter, entered Heaven's Gate on Wednesday morning, October 3, 2012. Lillian passed from fatal injuries sustained in a fall. Lillian was born March 5, 1920 in Johnston, Rhode Island. She moved to California in 1947 until moving to Colorado in 1980. In 1982 she relocated to Nevada where she lived until 2001 when she returned to California to live with her daughter, Diana Jefferds, who lovingly cared for her the last 11 years of her life. She is survived by her three children: Lola Sather, Diana Jefferds and Raymond Ellithorpe; son-in-laws: Larry Sather and Gary Clavio; grandchildren: Larry Sather Jr, David Sather and Steven Sather; Todd, Cory, Brad and Kristi; Jennifer and Jeff Thies, Brett Clavio; and great-grandchildren: Jeff Sather, Josh Sather, David Sather, Mandi Sather, Kaylen Sather, Hailee Sather, Carley Sather, Lexi and Logan Sather, Jackson and Emma Thies; along with numerous Ellithorpe, Scaramuzzi and Napolitano nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Maria (Mary) Pitocco and her father, Joseph Scaramuzzi; her brothers Anthony Scaramuzzi, Frank Scaramuzzi, Harry Scaramuzzi and sisters, Anna Napolitano and Helen Cogugno; husbands Joseph Lapolla, Raymond Ellithorpe and Howard Cutter. Mom was everyone's mother and she went by many names: Lil, Lillian, Lily, Diamond Lil, Sister, Auntie, Mom, Grandma and Greatgrandma. Lil had no prejudices, age, race, or religion didn't matter to her. She accepted everyone. Her favorite expression when planning anything was "If God Wants". She loved music, loved to dress in evening gowns and go dancing but also loved stuffed animals, cartoons and of course watching westerns. Her favorite "cowboy" was John Wayne and she had almost every one of his movies. Mom could watch westerns from early morning to late at night. She was fearless in living her life whether hiking in the forest by herself, climbing on the roof of her home in Nevada at 80 years of age to fix her swamp cooler or feeding coyotes by hand. Lillian walked as one with nature and loved her time in Nevada, working on her property, planting another tree or hiking in the foothills, she was in her element. She enjoyed having animals. She hatched chickens from eggs, always had dogs, cats or birds. Any animal she loved. Mom loved Italian food and some of her specialties were making Lasagna or sausage and peppers. Anyone who had either of these loved them. She spent time crocheting, making her own jewelry, especially loving long dangling earrings, and also loved fixing things. Anything that was broken she tried to fix. She loved to read or watch her numerous "Westerns". Her favorite snack was CANDY in capital letters! She loved to go to the Dollar Store and buy all the "old time" candies. She would chew JuJu Bees or Juicy Fruits which would crack most everyone else's teeth but the candy never bothered her. See's Candy was her ultimate favorite and she would eat it until she'd say she thought she'd bust…that was her favorite treat to herself. Also, she loved her "garbage magazines and was always quoting something she read in them which she always believed. She was a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Redondo Beach, CA which she loved and which they returned in abundance. The Memorial Service will be held there on Friday October 12, 2012 at 11am. In lieu of flowers please make donations in her name to: K.A.S.E - Keeping Animals Safe Everyday, P.O. Box 682, Thousand Palms, CA 92276; to World Vision, www.worldvision.org; or to Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org.

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  1. I couldn’t ask for a better mother-in-law. I will miss her very much. I know with all my heart that God got a very special ANGEL on Oct. 3rd.

  2. Your mother was always a joy when we came to visit. Sam and I feel blessed that she had a KASE KID, Bella to call her own and to love her. Her love of the animals showed her caring ways for others. May the Lord surround her with all his love. Sam and Karen

  3. YOU CALLED ME YOUR OTHER DAUGHTER,AND DIANA CALLS ME HER SISTER. I ALWAYS FELT THAT WAY.I ALWAYS WILL. I WILL GREATLY MISS YOUR PRESENCE IN MY LIFE ,THAT BEAUTIFUL FACE OF YOURS WITH SUCH FABULOUS SKIN,THOSE EXPRESSIVE EYES, YOUR WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR,THAT CONTAGIOUS LAUGH. THE MANY TIMES SPENT TOGETHER WILL REMAIN WITH ME ALWAYS.MY MEMORIES OF YOU WILL FOREVER KEEP YOU NEAR TO ME. ONE DAY WE WILL BE TOGETHER IN HEAVEN. CIAO, BELLA MAMA FOR NOW.

  4. Aunt Lil… my free-spirited aunt who dreamed big and lived life like the color of her hair – bold and vibrant. Although we have been separated by miles, I am so glad that my mom and I always kept in touch. I will cherish the memories we made together from long ago when we traveled to Mexico ( when you almost bought that painted pigeon :)) to when I saw you recently in May, I know that my mom, your sisters and brothers and all your animals were there to greet you at Heaven’s gates to escort you to our Lord. I will miss your smiling eyes and wonderful laugh but will carry you in my heart forever. I love you Auntie.

  5. I remember the first time I met Lillian. It was at my son’s wedding. She and I were waiting to be walked down the aisle, and we had a few moments together. It is had to explain, but I loved her from that moment. That is how Lillian affected people. She was so sweet. I always wanted to hug her when I saw her.
    Lillian touched my heart, and I am so blessed to have had her in my life. I know that she is home now, and when it is my turn to pass on, I will have a special little angel to greet me.
    To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Mary Thies

  6. Dear Lil, I still remember meeting you when you came to my salon with your daughter Diana (one of my most dearest client/friend) who used to come to get her nails done every two weeks. I can’t believe that you’re in heaven now! I never thought that I would cry for you but I am……I hope you’ll find heaven like home where Diana used to take care of you……I was very blessed to have met you in my life!

  7. Lil, my garden partner and surrogate Mom, I will so miss you, your brightness and your open and giving personality. Having known you only the last 11 years it is amazing to read of all that you did during your lifetime. You have left a legacy of love in your children and grandchildren. Be with God.

  8. To my Aunt Lil, to me you will always be the amazing woman I see. You’ve touched our hearts in so many ways. You will be missed so much. There is a piece of my heart that is empty now that your gone. But I promise I will fill it with all my wonderful memories of you. I love you Aunt Lil…you will always have a special place in my heart forever.
    Love Always,
    Marie Elena

  9. Diana,
    So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was so sweet to me and my family. I will always remember that.
    As unlikely as it may seem at this moment, there will come a time when the joy of remembering is greater than the pain of loss.

  10. Diana, your mother was loved by every one who knew her. She had a heart of gold and was truely one of the kindest persons I have ever known. I along with everyone who ever knew her will miss her dearly. I am so very sorry for your loss
    Love, Terry Woodall

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