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Lillian Hosken McHenry

A remarkable and dearly loved woman, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother found a peaceful end following a fall that quelled her strong desire for independence. Lillian was known as quite a character among friends and family. She upheld a clear notion of what the correct manner was for every aspect of living, and presented her firm opinions with a wonderful sense of humor. She regarded her family and friends as her most treasured gifts in life and was passionate about their well-being. Lil had little capacity for unfairness and suffering especially with children and animals. She was a mother figure to many. She adored her daughters Lyndie (Roger) Boulton and Laurie (Mark) Radcliff, grandchildren Katie (AJ) Ramsey, Thomas (Tiffany) Radcliff, Christina (Jason Lowe), Andrew (Edward) and Cameron (Ashley) Boulton, and great grandchildren Mia and Nic Ramsey, Lauren and Jace Radcliff, Audrey and Jackson Lowe, and Arlo Boulton. She delighted in knowing Arlo will have a baby sister in October.

She grew up in Alameda and on her family ranch in Indian Valley, CA with a love of horses and various pets along the way. Lil and Jim married in 1945 and raised their family in Davis.  She was an active tennis player, swimmer, and bridge player in earlier years.  She and Jim enjoyed visiting Europe, Australia, New Zealand and parts of the U.S. with a tour group. Her husband Jim, parents William M. and Vera Medau Hosken, brother William E. Hosken, and nephew Edward (Ned) Hosken pre-deceased her. She is also survived by five Hosken nieces and many other family members. 

Her family is especially grateful for the devoted support offered by caregiving friend, Sahara Damore and Yolo Cares (nee Yolo Hospice). Lil’s ashes will be buried next to her beloved Jim at Meadow Valley Cemetery near Bucks Lake where they both met as teens and later vacationed every summer at their cabin.

A celebration of life is planned for Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 1:00 pm. Please email celebratelilmchenry@gmail.com for additional details and RSVP instructions if you are interested in attending. Donate to  yolocares.org or another organization as you wish.

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My mom and Lil were cousins and I have fond memories of Lil and Jim, and of visiting them at their Davis home. They were always favorites of mine and Lil always had a wonderful laugh and sense of humor. She was a wonderful person. Prayers for comfort and peace for all of her family and friends..

Peggy Butler Aug 28 2022 5:49 PM

I will miss Lil. She was a beautiful human and I will miss all of our conversations that we had over many years. She was one of a kind. May she Rest In Peace 🙏🏼❤️😘

Jodie Fisher Aug 3 2022 1:01 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lillian McHenry

Linda Gonzales Jul 13 2022 11:26 PM

Lyndie, Laurie, and family: It was a true blessing to have known Lillian as a dear friend and travel companion. In deepest sympathy, Betty Horsky

Betty Horsky Jul 13 2022 10:08 PM

So sad to hear of Lillian’s passing. What a long and beautiful life. I was her Hairston Davis for many years and I think of her every Christmas because of all the Christmas ornaments she gave me. I still use them. What a lovely lady.

Rosie Ramirez. Jul 8 2022 8:49 PM

Our condolences to the entire family.

Sally Payne Jul 8 2022 4:20 PM

Funny how one meets. Lillian was the tree contact for Glenwood many years back. At the time I ran the office and spoke and met with her often. After that we would spot each other at the grocery store smile, hug and chat each time. Always a bright light! I was very privileged to have met her. Rest In Peace.

Myra Byard Jul 2 2022 5:58 PM

Such a beautifully written tribute to a wonderful woman. She was always a favorite mother in my group of friends when I was young. I am sending loving thoughts your way, Lyndie, and to your family as well. ❤️

Jacqui (Allen) Trautt Jul 1 2022 5:43 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lillian McHenry

Dear Lyndie, Laurie & families - The beauty & truth in Wendell Berry's poem evokes how beautifully Lillian's life contributed so wonderfully to the ". . . we are added to one another for ever." in the heart of us all! Such a gift is he Jun 29 2022 6:03 PM

For Lil
a poem by Wendell Barry

"Having lived long in time,
she lives now in timelessness
without sorrow, made perfect
by our never finished love,
by our compassion and forgiveness,
and by her happiness in receiving these gifts we give.
Here in time
we are added to one another for ever."

Cynthia Jun 29 2022 5:21 PM