Lillian M. Zabilski (Cebull), 89, passed away on May 7, 2011, at Vashon Community Care Center following a lengthy illness. A post-retirement resident of Skyline in Anacortes, and later at Chandler’s Square, she thoroughly loved living in the community.
The youngest of ten children born to Slovenian immigrants, she was born and raised in Klein, Montana, where she eventually became a teacher. It was during this time she met and married Stanley, followed by her move to Seattle, where they raised their three daughters.
During that period, she worked at Boeing Plant One, and later at Sears First and Lander Store.
She was the pride of the neighborhood with her green thumb and lush flowers, regularly baked her specialty potica for friends and family, loved her dogs, was a Girl Scout leader, and loved dancing to Frankie Yankovic polkas, even while cleaning the house.
In 1991, she and Stan moved to their dream home in Skyline. Though he died in 1996, she continued to travel with friends, play “You Blew It,” was a member of Anacortes Dinner Theater, loved Chinese at the Hong Kong, Vela Luka dancing and the occasional ice cream cone at Snow Goose. She was known for her independent, feisty spirit and learned the computer in her 70s, took a hiking trip with her daughter in the U.K., won bowling awards in her 80s and continued to travel.
She suffered a stroke in recent years causing significant memory loss that necessitated a move to assisted living on Vashon Island near daughter, Carol. She remained active there playing bingo, feeding ducks, knitting and reading and baking sticky buns for the residents.
She is survived by daughters: Julie Zabilski of Sedona, AZ; Carol Zabilski (husband Richard) of Vashon; Mary Zabilski of Seaview, WA.
Cremation and burial near Stan in Anacortes has been held. Donations can be made in her name to Vashon Community Care at 15333 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070. Her daughters wish to thank her friends in Anacortes for making her years there very happy ones.
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