Lillian "Lillie" Mae (Maiden) Pressley passed on to glory on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Lillie was born in New Orleans on June 17, 1937 to Calleaner (Miller) and Palmer N. Maiden, Sr., in New Orleans, LA. The family moved to Madison in 1948, where her father had a position at the Badger Ammunition Plant in Baraboo, WI. She was educated in the Madison Public School System, Madison Area Technical College and U.W. Madison. Lillie accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1950 and was baptized by Rev. Joseph Washington, then Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She was united in marriage to William A. White, Sr. in 1955 (deceased), that union produced one son, William Jr. Lillie re-married to Donald A. Pressley in 1969. She rededicated her life to Christ in 1986 and was active in many ministries at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She was also active in the Order of the Eastern Stars having served as Worthy Matron of Friendship Chapter #2 in Madison and held many seats in the state body, Unity Grand Chapter. She was State Loyal Lady Ruler of Wisconsin Assembly of the Golden Circle and Loyal Lady Ruler of Madison-Beloit Assembly #70 O.G.C. She worked for the State of Wisconsin Public Service Commission-Consumer Business Bureau and retired in January of 2000.
Lillie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Walter Adams, Joseph Adams; sisters, Inez Collins, Ophelia Robinson and Bernice Bickham; and beloved step-mother, Blossom Maiden.
She leaves to mourn her son, William A. (Rita) White Jr. of Madison, granddaughter Shamara Davis of Atlanta; grandson, LaShon Cross of Los Angeles, CA; brothers, Lawrence N. Adams of Madison and Palmer (Pete) Maiden of Seaside, CA; step-sister, Betty Turner of Madison; many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and special friends that include: Lisa Hassell, Dorothy Carter, Cheryl Gettridge-Steele, Willie and Jerry Wiggins and Julius and Willie B. Johnson.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 2pm on Friday October 15, 2010 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher Street, Madison with the Rev. Richard L. Jones, Sr. officiating. Visitation with family and friends will be from 12 noon until 2pm.