Lila Lee Sauerbrunn of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at Seaford Genesis.
She was born in Pennsylvania on Nov. 10, 1929, to the late John George Burkins Sr. and Rachel Belle Smith Burkins.
She moved to Delaware in the early 1950s and married Jack Messick. They had three children, Judith Lynn, James Ira, and Joanne Belle Messick. Lila was married to Thayer Prettyman Porter in the 1970s. She became a Master Gardner and loved to decorate her beautiful home and plant lovely flowers in her garden. She was also a member of Grace Baptist Church in Seaford. Lila Lee cared for her mother, Rachel Belle Burkins, and her brother, John George “Jack” Burkins Jr., both of whom preceded her in death. After Thayer’s passing, Lila Lee met and married Robert Sauerbrunn, also of Seaford. They loved to travel and enjoyed every minute of each other’s company.
Lila Lee is survived by her three children, Judith Lynn Brasure and her husband Stephen Brasure, James Ira Messick, and Joann Belle Messick and her husband Edward Watzel; grandchildren, Bryan Douglas Willin and Jessica Lynn Messick; great-grandchildren, Jace Willin, Luke Willin, Michaela Jones, Sarah Jones, and Gabriel Jones; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Bridgeville Cemetery. Pastor Larry Davis officiated.
Contributions may be made in Lila Lee Sauerbrunn’s memory to Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.
Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.