Lillian Beattie

Lillian Beattie

Friday, November 2nd, 1923 Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

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Obituary for Lillian M. Beattie (Lafferty)

Lillian M. (nee Lafferty) Beattie, 96 of Spring Lake Heights, NJ passed away from natural causes Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in the Valley section of West Orange, she was a graduate of Our Lady of the Valley Grammar School and West Orange High School. Lillian had resided in West Orange for 29 years before retiring to Spring Lake Heights in 1982. As a Jersey Shore resident, she was a Communicant of St. Catharine – St. Margaret’s Parish.
She was married to Matthew J. Beattie for 65 years until he passed away in October 2011. “Matty” was the love of her life, and Lillian never got over his loss.
“Mommy” took great pride as a homemaker and raising her girls. Lillian and Matty had many life adventures. They renovated houses before HGTV. They owned and operated a Guest House in Belmar before the advent of B&B’s. They had wintered in Dunedin, FL for many years but she was always a proud Jersey Girl at heart.
Beside her husband, she was predeceased by her parents John and Katherine (nee O’Rourke) Lafferty.
Surviving are her 3 daughters Maureen Matthews of Lake Como, and former son in law Mark Matthews of Hockessin, DE, Nancy Tomaszeski and husband Paul of Mantoloking, and Cynthia Stul and husband Arnold of Basking Ridge, her brother Robert J. Lafferty of Parsippany, her sister Catherine Perger of Tarpon Springs, FL, her 4 grandchildren Brian and Kevin Matthews, Kelly Scott and Melissa George, and 4 great grandchildren Lila Matthews, Quinn Matthews, Amelia Matthews, Theo Matthews and one on the way, baby George due in December, and her niece Karen Marx of Safety Harbor, FL.
A Funeral Mass will be scheduled and announced in the future. The family thanks the wonderful caring staff of VNA Home Care and Hospice, especially Maggie, Gail, Diana, Maureen, and Jeanine. Also her night angel Ruth who kept her cared for and safe.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall Twp. with burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.
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    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ
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    Rev. Dean Gaudio
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    Gate of Heaven Cemetery
    225 Ridgedale Avenue
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Craig C Matthews

She will be missed. I will always remember her laugh and she laughed slot.
Comment | Posted at 09:07am via Condolence

Mark Matthews

Maureen, Nancy and Cindy, I wanted to let you know how sorry I am about Mom’s death. She was always special to me, and I loved her a lot. She was like my own mother to me, and I am going to miss her immensely, though not as much as I know you, her children, do.
I wish I could be there to grieve with you and celebrate the wonderful life of Mom and all of the love she gave us, but all of the New Jersey COVID-19 restrictions on funeral gatherings and gravesite services, cruel as they are, have made this impossible for me. With the limited number of people who can attend such services, It’s most important that you be there, not me. Maureen told me that only one spray of flowers are allowed at her viewing and the gravesite, so I can’t even send flowers. All I can do is send you my love and prayers, and those of my sons, my daughters-in-law, my grandchildren, my father and my brothers in your time of sorrow.
May God bless you and, especially, Mom, who I am sure is in heaven with Dad, the one true love of her life. Be comforted in that thought.
When circumstances permit, I will definitely be there for Mom’s memorial service and celebration of life.
Love you all.
Comment | Posted at 08:04pm via Condolence

Your loving niece, Karen.

For my Dear Aunt Lil who was always there for me. She was like a second mother and I could always depend on her love and support.
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Barbara Scaglione

My sincerest condolences to Maureen, Nancy, Cindy and all the other family members. Your mother was a sweet, caring soul who will be sorely missed by all. May her life and memory be a blessing and she rest in eternal peace.
Barbara-Stul Scaglione
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Keith Matthews

Lillian was a very nice lady. May God bless her and keep her. My condolences to the family.
Comment | Posted at 08:11pm via Condolence

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