LILLIAN PARTEE Reynolds loved to watch cooking shows on television, especially the Emeril Lagasse program, despite the fact that she was not a passionate cook herself.
"After watching those shows, she often wondered why she would wake in the middle of the night hungry," said her son Richard Partee.
Lillian also was a devoted listener to the KYW all-news station, which she kept by her bed 24 hours a day "so she could keep up with what was happening in the world," her son said.
Lillian Reynolds, a devoted mother and grandmother and active churchwoman, died Dec. 6. She was 88 and lived in Germantown.
She was born in Norfolk, Va., to Lena Jones and Anonozo Sawyer. The family moved to Philadelphia when she was a child and she attended South Philadelphia High School.
From an early age, she loved music and dancing. In fact, she met her future husband, Douglas L. Reynolds, at a high school dance.
They were married on Feb. 24, 1937, and had six children. The union lasted until his death in 1977.
Lillian worked as a housemaker for several families in Philadelphia for more than 30 years, retiring in 1997.
She was an active member of Janes Methodist Church, on East Haines Street near Germantown Avenue, in Germantown, where she sang on the Senior Choir and enjoyed prayer meetings.
Her favorite hymn was "Precious Lord, Take My Hand":
When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord, linger near.
When my life is almost gone,
Hear my cry, hear my call,
Hold my hand lest I fall.
Lillian loved her children, of course, but when the grandkids started coming along, she was in heaven, her son said.
"They always made her laugh and smile," he said. "When one of her grands called or stopped by, everything stopped so she could enjoy their company.
"It was common for her to take them to a dollar store or other stores and run up her credit card buying gifts for them, or taking them on long bus rides throughout the area.
"They could do no wrong in her book, and their activities were always a topic of her conversation."
Then the great-grandchildren came along and her joy was increased accordingly.
In later years, Lillian got the travel bug and she was off to California, Florida, Virginia, New York and Oregon, several times over, with family and sometimes by herself.
Besides her son, she is survived by another son, Ronald; two daughters, Carolyn McPherson and Gail Reynolds; a sister, Louise Blair; 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Douglas; a daughter, Elaine, and a brother, George.