Decatur Herald & Review
Lynne Esther Brilley passed forward to heaven on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. Lynne was born February 3, 1946 in Ames, IA. She was the daughter of Lester and Esther (Schroeder) Seversike, and has two surviving sisters, Susan Seversike of Ottawa, IL and Adelia (Don) Roach of Chenoa, IL.
Surviving Lynne are her husband of seven years, Jerry Brilley; her children Martha (Greg) White of Aurora, IL and Matthew Dethrow of Naperville, IL; her step-daughters Vicki (Mark) Livasy, Chris (Jonathan) Burkard, and Robyn (Brock) Thulin; her grandchildren Savannah White, Zachary White, and Samantha Dethrow; her step-grandchildren Josh Livasy, Matt Livasy, Erin Livasy, Nicole (Taylor) Stark, Nick Daly, Brie Thulin, and Sydney Thulin; her step great-grandchildren Ava Stark and Kamden Stark; and her nephews Michael Vernoy and Aaron Reid. Lynne was preceded in death by both her parents and her brothers Michael and Ronald.
Lynne grew up in Ottawa, IL. Upon graduating Ottawa High School in 1964, Lynne attended Millikin University where she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1968. She became an elementary teacher. She taught wonderful young minds for thirty-three years primarily in the Decatur Public School district and accompanied a group of students to France. During her teaching career she attended Eastern Illinois University where she received her Master of Science degree in 1990. Soon after, she received her Type 75 General Administrative certificate from University of Illinois Springfield in 1992.
Lynne was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who cherished life and all the joys prevalent in a life purposefully lived. She treasured her life with her husband Jerry and valued every friend who accompanied her on her God-given life journey. She was an avid reader who imparted that love upon her children, grandchildren, and students. She respected and admired the beauty abundantly evident on God's earth and enjoyed cultivating flowers. She asks that you smile in the knowledge that she is passing forward to a finer place where she will meet her Lord and Savior.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to DMH Breast Cancer Support Group.