SOUTHGATE - Lila Bessie Walter, Age 93, of Southgate, late of Adrian & Sand Creek died on her birthday, Sept. 11, 2020 at Medilodge Nursing Home in Taylor, Michigan. She was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Detroit to John Geoffrey and Fidelis (Graveline) Harbourne. On October 20, 1982 she married William T. Walter who preceded her in death on July 1, 2001. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Along with her husband she was the owner and operator of Four Seasons Tent Masters which designed and made period tents for black powder shooters, medieval and American historical re-enactors, including TiPi, wall tents and Marquee tents for Rendezvous camping. She also knitted, crocheted, and sewed, making all her Rendezvous clothing. She was a member of Sauk Trail Long Rifles, Ottawa Long Rifles and shot a 50 caliber round ball Scheuten style long rifle. Lila was willing to tackle anything. She also enjoyed drawing, and loved all of her kitties.
Predeceasing Lila were her son Robert Turner, her twin sister, Lita Coble and her brother John Harbourne. Lila is survived by her children: Richard (Gayle) Turner, Janelle Oberhill, and Kelly (Deborah) Turner; her grandchildren: Dustin (Kimberly) Morton, Gary (Christy) Turner, Kimberly (Greg) Zavicar, Margaret (Phillip) Patroniti and Erin Turner. Also surviving her are her great grandchildren: Megan Zavicar, Penelope Morton, Helena and Lydia Patroniti; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral liturgy will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, St. Mary Campus, 305 Division St. Adrian, Michigan 49221, with Father Mike Newman as celebrant. Burial will be private in Roseland Memorial Gardens in Jackson, Michigan. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral liturgy at Holy Family Parish, St. Mary Campus.