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Lillian Brown Swift Gaeser, 98,

Lillian Brown Swift Gaeser, 98,

Lillian Brown Swift Gaeser, 98, of Hendersonville as well as Boca Raton, Florida died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at her residence in Florida. She was born on January 4, 1919 in New York City to the late Samuel and Sadie Karg Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two husbands, Irving Swift and Walter Newman Gaeser as well as a daughter, Suzanne Valdez.

Her parents instilled in her at a very early age the importance of education which she complimented with her natural athletic ability. Mrs. Gaeser volunteered with the National Security Women’s Corps during World War II. She enrolled in Barry College, now Barry University, in 1963 to commence her degree in education. She spent the next 11 years working as a substitute teacher and studying to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology as well as her Master of Science Degree in Reading Specialty in 1970. She enjoyed being around all of her students and took a special interest in mentoring them, particularly about “the affairs of the heart.” A consummate philanthropist, Lillian generously helped support many organizations, universities and causes. She never forgot the professionalism and kindness of the entire Barry University staff, and established numerous scholarships for students at the college which will continue posthumously. She was always looking to make a difference in this big world. She was a dedicated member of the Agudas Israel Congregation in Hendersonville.

She is survived by her companion of many years, David M. Lieberson, one step-son, Philip Gaeser and his wife, Lisa of Nashville, TN; four grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Oakdale Cemetery in the Agudas Israel Section, officiated by Rabbi Rachel Jackson.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.