She was the oldest of nine children born to Archie “Skeeter” Roland Stocks and Eola Elizabeth Graham Stocks. She was born Aug. 19, 1931, in Moab. She was born during a power outage that lasted from 11:50 p.m. Aug. 19 to 12:15 a.m. Aug. 20. She celebrated her birthday on the 19th even though Dr. Allen was unable to see the clock when she was born to determine her birth date. She brought light back into the world with her birth.
She grew up on the Wilson Mesa near Moab, where her parents managed a ranch. She and her brother and sisters always started school a couple of weeks later than the other kids because they were needed to help with the ranch.
They were poor dirt farmers and couldn’t come to town often. Once her sister Mary was riding a horse and got thrown off, when she landed, her ear was torn nearly completely off. They didn’t bring her to town to see the doctor. Instead, they taped her ear back to her head with adhesive tape and, fortunately, it grew back on.
She often talked about the outhouse on the ranch. It was placed on the edge of a canyon. There was no hole dug in the ground under it. It was located on the edge of a canyon so that when the rains came they flushed everything away.
After she graduated from Grand County High School she got a job traveling all over the United States selling family portraits for a picture studio. She felt this job greatly shaped her life.
She met Stan Noorlander when she was working as a telephone operator in Salt Lake City. They met on a blind date and dated for a week before they eloped to Elko and got married May 16, 1953. He baptized her into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She lived a Christ-centered life her whole life. Her belief in God never wavered throughout her life.
Lilly was a champion of the underdog. Her actions said give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside my door. Those who entered her house could not leave without being fed and offered assistance in their needs. Everyone loved Lilly. She believed in showing kindness to all people.
She loved children and was always a great defender of those who were truly victims of abuse. She taught her children to be kind to all people, even those who were mean or rude, etc. She hated people who hurt animals and children. When she was a young girl people brought her injured animals to restore to health.
She worked as a dispatcher under Grand County Sheriff John Stocks. She also worked at Moab Lumber Company and was elected Grand County Recorder three times before she retired.
She believed in free enterprise and despised big oppressive government. She remained active in politics her whole life. She believed that people were smarter than bureaucrats and more qualified to run their own lives than over-educated city folk.
She was a founding member of the Western Association of Land Users and strongly believed that the natural resources of the Earth were given by God for the benefit and development of man. She believed that man could protect the environment while using these God-given resources. She believed America’s prosperity was dependent on the wise use of these resources.
She loved Halloween and began making costumes many months in advance. Her costumes usually won in the costume parade at Southeast Elementary School. Her costumes included a skunk, an ape, an elephant, a duck, Pinocchio, Redi Kilowatt, an owl, a lion, a horse, a Viking and a fly. She became famous in Moab for her costumes.
Her life was a life of service and compassion toward others. On the night before she died she expressed a desire to plant more fruit trees so she could give the fruit to the poor and needy. She claimed that God talked to her and said she would talk to him for those who needed help from him. She is still talking for all of us. With her passing, life will be a little darker here on Earth.
She had all the virtues of a Virtuous Wife, Proverbs 31:10-31.
Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
She is survived by her husband, Stan; four sons, Stanley II, Leslie, Mike and David Noorlander; one brother, Allen Stocks; six sisters, Mary Gailey, Bonnie Hammer, Connie Dick, Carol Mozaffari, Dorothy Gough, Alene Inman; and one daughter-in-law, Vicky White Eagle. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren .
She is preceded in death by her father, Archie; her mother, Eola; and brother, Tom Stocks.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Moab LDS Stake Center at 702 Locust Lane. A viewing will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.