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Date published: 1/29/2014

Lillie B. Sanford

Lillie Ballance Sanford, 97, of Dahlgren died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation and Care Facility.

Born and raised in Poplar Branch, Currituck County, N.C., Lillie was the daughter of the late William Edward and Myrtle Bunch Ballance. She graduated from Poplar Branch High School in 1933 and was crowned "Miss Currituck" in 1934. In 1935, she married Earl Alvin Sanford and moved to Dahlgren. Lillie was a member of Oakland Baptist Church for more than 75 years and sang in the adult choir until last year.

She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, singing, reading, swimming, fishing and many other activities. She was a retiree of the Naval Surface Weapons Center and was active in the church and community. She was a Past Matron and Past Grand Representative of Wakefield Chapter 77, Order of the Eastern Star, Colonial Beach.

Lillie was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Earl Alvin Sanford; three sisters, Elsie Jackson, Susan Ellis Bridgman and Hulda Riggs; and two brothers, Robert Ballance and Ervin Ballance.

She is survived by three children, Frederick Earl Sanford (Mary) of Santa Barbara, Calif., Joyce Sanford Brittingham (Jim) of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Thomas Ballance Sanford (Sharon) of Dahlgren; four grandchildren, Cynthia Lynn Sanford of Arroyo Grande, Calif., mother of her great-grandchild, Serena, Laura Brittingham Nelson (Mark) of Cincinnati, and Bethany Grace Sanford and Joshua Thomas Sanford, both of Dahlgren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with an Eastern Star service beginning at 7:30.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Oakland Baptist Church, with the Rev. Guy Mattox Jr. and the Rev. Cliff Hedges officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Lillie was a caring, sweet lady with a ready smile who will be missed very much by her family and friends.

Memorials may be made to Oakland Baptist Church, 5520 James Madison Parkway, King George, VA 22485; or King George Fire & Rescue, 8122 Kings Highway, King George, VA 22485.

Please sign the online guest book at nashandslawfh.com.