Lillian Rose (Carey) Possenti, 83, died Jan. 14, 2008, in Puyallup.
Cremation has taken place, and a private memorial service was held at Highland Cemetery in Havre on Feb. 16, with Pastor Rowlie Hutton officiating. She is survived by her son, Charles Possenti, and his wife, Rosalie, of Issaquah; two granddaughters, Carey of Sumner and Colleen of Edgewood, three great-grandsons; her sister, Irene Band of Missoula, Mont., and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, in 1992; sister, Mayme Turner, in 1986; brother, Robert Carey, in 1998, and sister, Katherine Kickbusch, in 2004. Lil was born Dec. 27, 1924, one of five children of Catherine and Luke Carey, in California. Lil spent her early years in Los Angeles, where she received her education. As a young woman she worked in San Francisco in the defense industry during World War II. She then moved to Conrad, Mont., and later to Havre, Mont., where she made her home for many years. Lil and her sister Kay Kickbusch operated the K & L Cafe in Havre for a time, then worked at the Boston Cafe. She married Charles Possenti in Havre and they had one child. During her years in Havre she managed the Havre Theatre and Vets Housing. Lil was a confirmed member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Her husband, Chuck Possenti, worked for the Havre Police Department for seventeen years, retiring due to medical issues. In 1963 they moved to Bonney Lake, where both were employed by a flower bulb factory, McConkey Distributing. Lil worked there for 20 years, and then moved to Puyallup, where she lived until her death. Lil loved the outdoors, and particularly enjoyed gardening, and maintained a beautiful flower garden. She was an avid animal lover, taking in stray animals and keeping them for pets. She especially enjoyed driving to the water and feeding the seagulls.