Lillian Faye (Richeson) Templeton, age 70, died on Nov. 23, 2013, at home from lung cancer. Lill was born on the family farm in Fredericksburg, Ohio, and graduated from Waynedale High School, and the College of Wooster, both in Ohio. Her undergraduate degrees were in French and speech. She did research in linguistics and communications through a National Science Foundation Grant at Ohio State University while at Wooster, then obtained a master’s degree in speech language pathology from Michigan State University, and also attended Northwestern University for additional post-graduate studies. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
After graduation in 1966, Lill was on the faculty at Michigan State University, and helped establish a pre-school cerebral palsy program until her marriage to her college sweetheart, J. Charles “Chuck” Templeton, on Aug. 26, 1967. They had met the first day on the College of Wooster campus and were married six years later, moving to Colorado for three years for Chuck to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Lill served as a special education teacher and a speech pathologist in area schools until 1970 when they moved to Walla Walla, where Chuck taught chemistry at Whitman College.
Lill organized the first speech-language program at the Walla Walla Veterans Administration Hospital in 1971, as well as developed the speech-language program that later became part of the rehabilitation department at what is now Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Lill retired in 1995 after working at St. Mary for 35 years as a clinician and administrator.
Lill served on the boards of the Washington Speech, Language and Hearing Association and locally as secretary on the Walla Walla Symphony Society, and as a board member of the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, and the Lillie Rice Center. Lill enjoyed music and sang in the Walla Walla Choral Society.
It was at Pioneer United Methodist that Lill invested much of her time, singing in the choir and Women’s Ensemble, playing flute and hand bells. She had a heart for hospitality and enjoyed people whether it was welcoming new people or visiting patients who were in the hospitals.
She shared with her husband a joy of experiencing other cultures through national and international travel. She participated in mission trips to Louisiana, Zimbabwe and Jamaica. Skiing, hiking and gardening were other interests she and Chuck enjoyed.
Family was very important, and she supported her daughters, Laura and Sharon, in their school and community activities. She delighted in her family as it grew, first with Laura’s marriage to Joel Aosved and then with her three grandchildren, attending their activities. She valued maintaining contact with her sisters and their extended families, as well as with Chuck’s family. Lill lived realizing that each day is a precious gift, and our energies are best used to make the world a better place. Her life was enriched by all those who shared life’s journey with her.
Lill is survived by her husband of 46 years, Chuck, at home; and their daughters, Sharon Templeton of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Laura Aosved, son-in-law Joel, and grandchildren Elijah, Marni and Ingrid Aosved of Blaine, Wash.; two sisters, Doris Bucher and Joyce Rhamy, both of Wayne County, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, Newton Donald Richeson and Grace Boling Richeson.
A memorial service will be held at Pioneer United Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer United Methodist Church, Walla Walla Community Hospice, or another charity of your choice through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362. A graveside service of inurnment will be held in Fredericksburg, Ohio, in the spring of 2014.