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Linwood, NJ 08221
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Tillie Jean Andrews - May 20, 2013

November 4, 1932 – May 20, 2013 Tillie Jean Andrews, 80, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2013, surrounded by her husband and children after a long illness. Tillie was born in Christopher, IL, in 1932, the second daughter of Albena Cigliana, a seamstress, and Joseph S. Micheletto, a coal miner. She spent her youth in Collinsville, IL, and graduated from Collinsville High School. Having already displayed exceptional talents at voice, piano, and violin, she won the title of Miss Collinsville. Tillie was named Miss Illinois in 1956, and participated in the 1956 Miss America pageant, in which she received acclaim for her performance of "Habanera" from Bizet's Carmen. As Miss Illinois, she traveled across the US, to Iceland, and to the Azores, performing with the United Service Organizations for the troops. She attended Lindenwood College for Women in St. Charles, MO, on a music scholarship, where she distinguished herself in her classical music training in opera. In 1957, Tillie graduated with honors from Lindenwood with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music education. She forewent a scholarship in music for graduate school at Columbia to marry Dr. Robert O. Andrews, a recent graduate of Washington University Medical School in St. Louis. They began their married life in Los Angeles, where Tillie worked as the director of music education in the South Pasadena school district until she was blessed with identical twin boys in 1958. In the following ten years, Bob and Tillie would have six more children. Bob's profession took them to La Jolla, CA, in 1964, where they made their home on Prospect Street as he worked at Scripps Hospital down the street. Tillie's commitment to her community and generosity of spirit were exemplified in all of her activities and involvements. She served for multiple years as president of the La Jolla Elementary School PTA and of Scripps Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, as principal music instructor in her parish at Stella Maris Academy on a volunteer basis for seven years, and in numerous other capacities. A devoted mother who was committed to nurturing the individual talents of her children, whether horseback riding, surfing, tennis, or dance, Tillie served as Boy Scouts' Den Mother, Girl Scouts' Troop Leader, baseball team mother, elementary school room mother, and more. Her musical talents were passed on to each of her children, two of whom became professional musicians. Tillie's appreciation for music expanded from her classical training to encompass the classic rock and roll of the '60s and '70s. Tillie was known above all for her compassion and kindness, and she was always there to lend a hand and an ear to a friend in need. Her culinary skills and open kitchen policy were as appreciated by many a hungry surfer and ballerina as by the less fortunate of the community, and she became the adoptive mom to many. At Tillie's table, there was always room for one more. Tillie enriched the lives of so many and will be deeply missed. She was preceded in death by her parents as well as her sister, Mrs. Cynthia Ungerott. Tillie is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Andrews, and her eight children, their spouses, and her fifteen grandchildren, Dr. John Andrews, wife Liz, and children Jane and Luke, of La Jolla, Dr. Joseph Andrews, wife Cathy, and children Nicole and Sean, of La Jolla, Mr. Robert Andrews, II, wife Teresa, of La Jolla, and daughters Kim DeHaven, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, Gina Fazio, of Los Angeles, CA, and Allison Arns, of Napa, CA, and their eight grandchildren, Ms. Peggy Andrews, of San Luis Obispo, and children Heather Thompson, of Providence, RI, and Alexander Thompson, of New York, NY, Dr. Cynthia Leaver, husband Captain Jason A. Leaver, USN, Ret., and children Nicholas and Mary, of Alexandria, VA, Mr. Tom Andrews, of Ocean Beach, and son Dylan, of New York, NY, Mrs. Mary Skeen, husband Mark, and children Megan and Patrick, of La Jolla, and Mr. Michael Andrews, wife Heather, and son Oliver, of Glendale, CA. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Cecilia "Muse" Pangelinan and to the staff of Seasons at La Jolla for their kind and loving care of Tillie in the last years of her life. There will be a rosary at Mary Star of the Sea on June 9th, 2013, at 7:00pm. The funeral mass will be held at Mary Star of the Sea on June 10th, 2013, at 10:00am. A private interment will take place at Miramar National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a music fund in Tillie's name at Stella Maris Academy.

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