INDIANOLA -- Lillian P. Schaffert of Indianola, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at Community Hospital in McCook. She was 87 years old.
On May 18, 1920, she was born at Zalma, Mo., to James and Nellie (Umfleet) Ladd. She attended Ladd School District 78, through the 8th grade. She enjoyed working outdoors on their family farm helping her dad and brothers.
In June 1936, she married Forrest W. Pickett. To this union three children were born, Lylis, Wendell and son Jerrell. They moved to Nebraska in 1944, and she supported her family by cooking in a café. She loved her family and gardening; canning and baking pies was her speciality.
When her children were raised she worked as a bookkeeper for Merlin Kenfield for many years and also served as a waitress at the Elks Club. Lillian married Ervin Schaffert at St. John Lutheran Church on Feb. 18, 1971.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Forrest; a daughter, Lylis Dawn Emrich; a son, Jerrell; three brothers, Charlie, Lowell and Marcus; two half brothers, Willie and Elmer; and three half sisters, Opal, Nina and Esther.
Survivors include her husband, Ervin; daughter, Wendy Reiners and husband, Jim of Indianola; step-daughters, Sharon L. Holst and husband, Larry of Independence, Mo.,and Marcia Yannacito and husband, Mick of Arvada, Colo.; son-in-law, Frank Emrich and wife, Linda of Casa Grande, Ariz.; daughter-in-law, Thelma Pickett of Wessington, S.D.; sister, Goldie Pickett; and two sisters-in-law of Advance, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 9 step-great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church with Pastor Kevin Schnakenberg officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Missouri.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to KNGN Radio Station or to the donors choice.
The body was cremated so there will be no visitation. Friends may sign her book at the funeral home or go online at www.carpenterbreland.com to leave condolences.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.