Amesbury, MA — Lillian J. (Rock) Eaton, longtime Amesbury resident, passed away peacefully at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of the late Herbert Eaton, who passed away on November 16, 2002.
Born in Kensington, N.H., she was one of six children of the late Joseph H. and Mary D. (Coakly) Rock. She was a graduate of Amesbury High School.
Lillian proudly served her country during World War II, and devoted her life to honoring our country’s men and women with over 40 years of volunteer service to the veteran community. She served in many capacities in the American Legion; Honor Society of Women Legionaires; Amvets Post 147 as Chaplain and president of the board of directors; president of Haverhill Veterans Council; president of Governor's Advisory Council on Women Veterans; and the Waves National Old Ironside Unit 17.
Lillian was instrumental in forming the New Hampshire WAVES, and served as director of the New Hampshire WAVES No. 33. There are countless veterans whose lives have been improved due to her work and support. She was a shining example of what one's dedications could do.
Lillian could also be seen as the parade marshall for many years in Amesbury. She was a Red Cross volunteer, member of the draft board and board of trustees of Monuments in Amesbury.
Lillian is survived by her sister, Rose M. Szeremeta of Salisbury; a dear friend, Raymond Jenkins; her dearest niece and her husband, Frances and Roland Page, who comforted and cared for her throughout her journey; many nieces and nephews; and her beloved kitty, “Kaylee.” Lillian was predeceased by her twin brother, George Rock; her brothers, Joseph H. Rock Jr. and Francis H. Rock; and her sister, Louise V. Papoulias.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, on Friday, September 20, from 5 to 8 p.m., with services conducted at 7 p.m., by Amvets Post No. 147 of Haverhill. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, at 9 a.m., at St. Joseph Church of the Holy Family Parish, 2 School Street, Amesbury, followed by burial in the American Legion Section of Union Cemetery, Amesbury. Donations in her memory may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843, or to the MSPCA, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.