Lillie Markewich Farb, age 90, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017.
She was born on August 31, 1927 in Beaumont, Texas to Joseph and Gitel Markewich. Her parents and siblings immigrated to Beaumont from Lublin, Poland and she was the only child to be born in the United States.
Her mother and father died by the time she was 13 and she moved to Bay City, Texas to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Jennie and Isaac Neuman. After graduating from Bay City High School, she moved to Houston. On a blind date in August 1949, she met Haskell Farb. He was a very fast mover because after only a couple of dates they were engaged, and on October 23, 1949 they were married. She became a Galvestonian, worked side by side with Haskell in the family business, and raised her family there. In the mid-1990’s, they moved to Houston to be closer to their children. They were married for almost 60 years when Haskell passed away in 2008.
Up until the last few months, Lillie led an active and vibrant life. She loved current events and enjoyed watching the news and reading the newspaper. She continued to subscribe to the Galveston Daily News so she could keep up with what was happening in Galveston. She loved to cook and was always looking for a new recipe. She was up to the minute on everything and followed the Texans, the Astros, and the Rockets. She was always ready to do something.
The most important thing in her life was her family. They were everything to her and she was devoted to them. She loved her children and grandchildren unconditionally. She was proud to be Jewish and she was a true Jewish mama – absolutely the best – and she was the ultimate Bubbie. She loved cooking for everyone and was always ready with everyone’s favorite dish. She was happy to take your order for whatever you wanted to eat and if it was in the kitchen, she would fix it. She made all the Jewish holidays special – Rosh Hashanah dinners, latkes at Chanukah, seders with homemade gefilte fish and matzo ball soup. She made sure all the holidays were celebrated with good food and lots of love.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and sisters Dr. Jake Markewich, Jennie Neuman, Annie Weintraub and Louis Markewich.
She is survived by her son Joel Farb, her daughter and son-in-law Gerilyn and John Gordon, all of Houston, her grandchildren Jeffrey Gordon, Ph.D. and his wife Doni Pleason of Atlanta, and Jay Gordon, Ph.D. and his wife Dr. Ilyse Kornblau of Galveston. She was so very proud of her children and grandchildren. She is also survived by her niece Helene Lubel and her family of Houston and her nephew Dr. Joseph Weintraub and his family of Santa Cruz, California.
She will be remembered for so many things, but especially for her sweet and kind ways, her endless patience, her good common sense, and her wisdom and sound advice. Her presence will be forever missed but we honor her by remembering who we are and by continuing with all the things she taught us. May her memory be a blessing.
Graveside services to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Beth Jacob Cemetery on 61st Street in Galveston.