Elizabeth “Lily” Webb (née Sillery)

Elizabeth “Lily” Webb (née Sillery) died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on May 12, 2018 in Pearland, Texas. She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011.

Lily was born in Wicklow, Ireland to Catherine and John Sillery. Life in Wicklow was wonderful but, as with so many young Irish, she moved to London in the 50’s where she met her future husband, who was on a temporary assignment from the U.S. Navy.

Lily is survived by her husband of 55 years, David; her beloved children, Kevin and his wife Kimberly of Valley Spring, Texas, and Kearon of Galveston, Texas; brother James Sillery of Sutton, England; sisters Naula Bryne of Rathnew, Ireland, Bridget Courtenay and her husband Richard of Dublin, Ireland, and sister-in-law Lucy Sillery of Wicklow, Ireland; and numerous nieces and nephews throughout Ireland, England, and America.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her beautiful daughter Catherine “Katy” Rider of Houston, Texas; her brothers Lawrence of Greystones, Ireland, Peter “Pierre” and John of Wicklow, Ireland, and her sisters Mary Boyle of Hounslow, England, Kathleen Knight of Frimley, England and Alice Birch of London, England

Lily always had a great love for children and, in 1962, she came to America to work as a nanny for a family near Chicago and, coincidentally, David worked in Waukegan in the far north of Illinois. Lily and David got together and, on April 20, 1963, they were married.  Over the next four years, they welcomed their three wonderful children into their home.  Her children remember her as a kind, gentle and very loving mother.

In addition to being a wonderful wife and mother, Lily was a gracious hostess. Because of her innate talent and technical schooling in Ireland, Lily was an incredible cook, seamstress, decorator, and gardener who loved making friends and giving parties – birthday parties, Christmas parties, and especially St. Patrick’s Day parties. She was a generous and friendly soul who loved people. She was an active and dedicated member of the Catholic Church, a member and past president of the Irish club, EIRE, and often volunteered as a little league baseball and football team mother.

A visitation will be from 5-8pm with a vigil to begin at 6pm on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Crowder Funeral Home, 2422 East Broadway Street, Pearland, Texas 77581. Mass will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11am at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 11011 Hall Road, Houston, Texas, 77089, followed by her burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8701 Almeda Genoa, Houston, Texas 77075. A reception to follow at BellaVita Clubhouse, 1548 North Riviera Circle, Pearland, Texas. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Lily’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Condolences can be sent to www.CrowderFuneralHome.com. The family would like to thank Lily’s caregiver Roselind Taylor for her care and dedication and Memorial Hermann Hospice for their effort and support.


  1. Our condolences to the family. She will be missed dearly. She was a wonderful woman with a beautiful soul and so much fun to be around.

    Babs and Greg Arroyo
  2. So sorry to hear of aunt Lily’s passing- sincere condolences to David and the family. We have very fond memories particularly of Lily’s and Kim’s visit to us in Dublin

    John and Miriam courtenay
  3. Auntie Lily was my godmother and although I didn’t see her much due to the proximity of our home she was always in my life because of that tie. Sad news for our family, and sadder still for Dave and her children. Rest in Peace Auntie Lily. xxxxxx

    Sue Clark (nee Knight)
  4. RIP Lilly & condolences to all your family i did’t know Lilly but I have a beautiful Aunty Nuala Byrne .( nee Sillery her Sister sounds very alike a very fun loving lady xx.. sending all our condolences

    Michelle O Connor
  5. My sincere condolences on the sad passing of Lily, may she rest in peace. From Paul Sillery (Laurence Sillery’s son)

    Paul Sillery
  6. Kevin & Kim
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    There is little to compare in sadnesd to losing a parent.
    Embrace the joyful memories that will so often enter your thought.
    God bless, with live
    Robin Chiesa-Baros and Russrll Baros

    Robin chiesa
  7. I am so sorry to hear of Lily’s passing. My condolences to Dave and the family.

    Sarah Gresham
  8. Dear Dave and family, I am so sorry for you loss. Lily was such a beautiful person-inside and out. Thoughts of her always bring a smile and thoughts of joy. Praying for your family during this time of sadness.

    Linda White
  9. Dave,

    Please accept my condolences for your loss. I remember being welcomed into your home for one of your fabulous St Patrick’s Day parties and the wonderful trifle’s Lily made for all our work parties. It was evident how much you two loved each other. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Amy Schellhase
  10. Lilly, many travels to many places and many adventures explored, mainly in London with fond memories for us old friend. May you now Rest in Peace.

    Dave, she was a wonderful friend and our condolences to you and yours.

    Mary Ellen Grimes
  11. The last time the Texas Webbs, the Michigan-Florida Webbs and the Virginia Webbs –- including all the grandchildren — were together was in 1978 at Ben and Eloise’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration in Florida. But in the 40 years since then, we have visited one another and have kept up on family business and gossip by phone. Dave would call from time to time and Lily would chime in with her observations. She and my mother had a special relationship. My mother’s grandfather was Cornelius Gallagher, an intrepid lrish lumberman (from home shores to New Brunswick to Maine to Michigan) who in 1869 married Mary Anne Ford from the small Irish community oF Waukesha in Wisconsin. My mother never made a public display of her ancestry, though she was a dependable player in the annual Irish Sweepstakes. And then along came Lily, a beguiling Irish lass and perhaps the daughter she never had. The family circle was complete and remains unbroken.

    Bob Webb, Reston, Virginia

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