Lillian Buchanan, 91, of Jefferson City, died Friday, April 6, 2012, at Adams Street Place. She was born September 6, 1920, in Aldrich, Missouri, a daughter of Ray and Inez (Lemons) Darby. She was a 1938 graduate of Buffalo Mo. High School. During her four years at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Lillian was editorialist for the school's newspaper, was active in her sorority and was Homecoming Queen her senior year. Lillian graduated in 1942, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a major in Music. Lillian was united in marriage to Erwin Buchanan on July 24, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri. They were happily married for 68 years until his passing on March 1, 2012. During their marriage, she was actively involved in church and community choirs, Sunday school classes and fellowship groups in First Christian Churches in Kansas City, Cape Girardeau and Jefferson City. Through her warm personality she made good friends wherever she lived, enjoying their company through social bridge parties and various group activities. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed watching their sporting events. In Cape Girardeau, Lillian taught music at Alma Schrader Elementary and spent many afternoons teaching children how to play the piano. She was very gifted musically, with a wonderful voice and the ability to play the piano by ear. Lillian was actively involved in the Cape Choraliers, performing with them at the World's Fair in Seattle in 1962. In Jefferson City, she taught piano lessons and along with Erwin, volunteered to help young students at the East Elementary School. Survivors include one son, Rich Buchanan of Matthews, North Carolina, and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Darby Anne Buchanan; three sisters: Louise, Susie and Doris Rae, and two brothers, Richard and Donald Darby. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until time of service, Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the First Christian Church, located at 327 E Capitol Avenue, followed by an 11:00 a.m. funeral service with Rev. Donald E. Carter officiating. Interment will follow in Hawthorn Memorial Gardens, Jefferson City. Expressions of sympathy may be made to First Christian Church. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main; (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.millardfamilychapels.com
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