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Lillian Sills Coleman Bell

Lillian Sills Coleman Bell

January 6, 1939 - June 11, 2021


Lillian Sills Coleman Bell passed away peacefully at home in Burlington, New Jersey on Friday, June 11, 2021. Funeral services will be held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington, New Jersey on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The celebration of life service will be at 11:00 a.m. The internment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Burlington, NJ. Memorials and flowers may be sent to the church on Saturday, June 19, 2021.

Lillian was born in East Orange, New Jersey on January 6, 1939 to the late John Edward Sills, Sr. and Estelle Cutts Sills. She was the eldest of six children. Lillian was educated in the public school systems of East Orange and Burlington, where she graduated in 1957. She attended and was baptized in the original building of the Tabernacle Baptist Church as a young girl. Lillian was an accomplished musician, having performed bass violin with the New Jersey All State Orchestra. Additionally, Lillian was best known for her beautiful soprano singing voice. As a teen, she sang with numerous choral groups, the Sanctuary Choir of Saint Paul Baptist Church in Cinnaminson, New Jersey where she was a member for many years. She also performed in various stage and opera productions. Lillian retired from the State of New Jersey Department of Labor after 42 years of service. In August of 1960, Lillian wed Richard O. Coleman (deceased), and their union was blessed with one son, Dr. Scott Fitzgerald Coleman, of Everett, WA. Richard “Dickie” Coleman died in 1983, after which Lillian married Herbert R. Bell of Burlington Township in December of 1985. They enjoyed many years of love and joyous times with their extended families.

Lillian returned to her home church and joined Tabernacle Baptist Church on January 6, 2019, which was her birthday. She was an active member who loved her pastor and church. For the pastor’s anniversary she called the church clerk several times to see if he had received her card and was concerned about getting her tithes to the church.  Throughout the pandemic, she remained actively involved in the church activities through Zoom. 

Lillian did not allow her age to stop her from keeping up with the times. She was often seen driving around Burlington in her shiny new cars to attend just about every event in town. She learned how to use Facebook and other forms of social media to keep in touch with family and friends. It tickled her so much to know that she could be sitting in her house in NJ and seeing what’s happening across the country with her loved ones. Lillian and Herb lived in Lagorce Square of Burlington Township until her death. 

She is preceded in death by her parents John Edward Sills, Sr. and Estelle Cutts Sills. Lillian leaves to cherish her memories, husband of 35 years Herbert R. Bell, son Dr. Scott Coleman, son-in law Fernando Farias of Everett, WA; siblings Dr. John E. Sills, Jr. (Carol) of Kennesaw, GA; Dr. Tilson Sills (Cathy) of Jackson, NJ; Ruth E. Sills Wright (d. Sherrell) of Sun City, AZ; Keith A. Sills of Salisbury, NC; George E. Sills, Sr. (Paula) of Burlington, NJ; goddaughter Dynita T. Sills Washington (Mark); godson Eric G. Bosley (LaGuana); granddaughter Bethany Bell, grandsons Joshua and Daniel Bell, stepson Christopher Bell, daughter-in-law Susan Santoro, Aunt Louise Sills, special cousin Jourgette Reid-Sillah, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

So many tributes and stories of Lillian mention her thoughtfulness, generosity, and service to others. She was a “classy lady!” Moreover, we will miss her signature laugh that could be heard from blocks away. She will now join the Heavenly Choir with her beautiful voice to sing with the angels.



The family of the late Lillian Sills Coleman Bell  would like to extend a sincere thank you for the many expressions of sympathy shown to them during their hour of bereavement. They appreciate the love and support from the Tabernacle Baptist Church family, Senior Pastor Cory Jones and Reverend Marc T. Warren.

Lillian Sills Bell, of Burlington Twp. departed this life on Friday, June 11, 2021. Celebration of Life Services will be held, 11am, Saturday, June 19, 2021at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, 150 E. 2nd Street, Burlington, NJ. Family and friends may view from 10am until time of service, Interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Burlington, NJ. Service to the family provided by the TL Hutton Family and Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ. 

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