\nLillian Harmon Heil\n1927 - 2023\n\nProvo, Utah - Lillian Heil was born on November 20, 1927 to Frank N. and Lillie Esplin Harmon in Riverside, California and died on March 5, 2023 in Lindon, Utah. \n \nHer growing-up years occurred in Fresno, California where she attended public schools, took piano lessons and became the Fresno Branch organist at 15 years of age. In her adult years her avocational life included: skiing, gardening, hooking rugs, collecting exotic fabrics, sewing her own clothes, traveling and sketching, rather than photographing, the places she visited. \n\nHer pursuit of higher education began at Fresno State College, continued at the University of Utah and then to NYC where she completed a degree at Teachers College, Columbia. It was there that she became interested in the use of art, poetry and children’s books for elementary school classrooms. The realization that most adults were unaware of the high quality literature that was available for children provided motivation to help create and participate in the Conferences for Young Readers at BYU for several years. After graduating with a doctorate from Teachers College she taught briefly at Queens College and BYU-Hawaii before a career at BYU.\n\nWhile living in NYC She met Gene Heil. They noticed that they had similar tastes in cooking. He challenged her to become a gourmet cook and she accepted the challenge. To him, a dinner is not just a dinner, it is an event. She enjoyed trying out new recipes as well as inventing her own, which resulted in a recipe collection that filled several binders. They were married in the St George Temple on June 10, 1967.\n\nHer church service included two church missions, one to Samoa, a later one to Jamaica, being a YW stake camp director for several years, many years as a ward organist and as a genealogical research consultant. \n\nLillian’s defining personal attributes were her need for high achievement, generosity, modesty and stage fright. A combination of traits that sometimes led to acute discomfort as when she learned that she was to be the high school valedictorian and had to give a speech at graduation or when she had to play piano solos in order to graduate from college with a major in music. Lastly, we assume that modesty was the underlying reason why she planned her own funeral, wrote her own life sketch along with eight musical numbers, the retelling of six family anecdotes, comments by her bishop and no other speakers. \n\nLillian was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Lillie Harmon, her husband, Gene Heil, her older sister, Emily, her older brother, Frank Wendell, a sister-in-law Ruth Harmon and her nephew, Craig. She is Survived by her brother, Duane, 13 nieces, nephews and their descendants.\n\nA viewing will be held Wednesday 3/15/23 from 6-8 pm at Nelson Family Mortuary at 4780 N University Ave, Provo, Utah and on Thursday 3/16/23 from 10-10:45 am at the Oak Hills 1st Ward Chapel at 1038 N 1200 E Provo, Utah.\n\nThe funeral service will be held on March 16, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at the Oak Hills 1st Ward Chapel at 1038 N 1200 E Provo, Utah. Interment will be at 1 pm at the Provo City Cemetery.