Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 24, 2014

Lillian Zachrisson Pease


Brunswick, ME — Lillian Zachrisson Pease, 84, died peacefully on April 12, 2014, in Brunswick, Maine. Lillian was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 7, 1930, daughter of Carroll and Lillian Zachrisson. She graduated from Boston Girls’ Latin School in 1947 and from Wellesley College, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1951. Beginning post-graduate work at Union Theological Seminary that fall and doing field work at the East Harlem Protestant Parish, she met Frederic A. Pease, Jr., whom she married on June 20, 1953.

They moved to New Hampshire when Fred was called to minister to congregational churches in Jaffrey Center and New Ipswich. In 1958, they settled in Andover, Massachusetts, where Lillian was actively involved with raising their four children, and with the League of Women Voters and other community organizations, while Fred was employed as a chaplain at Phillips Academy. They enjoyed many summers on Swans Island, Maine with their children, and the next generations continue to do so.

Lillian earned a master’s degree from Simmons College School of Social Work and became director of Fidelity House, Lawrence, Massachusetts, from 1973 until she retired to Dresden, Maine in 1990.

Lillian was a fabulous cook, an avid gardener, a formidable Scrabble player, and an enthusiastic singer and choir member. As long as her health allowed, she remained an active member of the First Congregational Church of Wiscasset, Maine, and the Maine Women’s Lobby in Augusta.

Lillian is survived by her husband, Fred; son, Ted Pease and his wife, Brenda Cooper, of Trinidad, Calif.; son, David Pease and his wife, Julie, of Brunswick, Maine; daughter, Ruth Pease and her husband, Greg Blanchette, of Dresden, Maine; daughter, Rebecca Pease of Bowdoinham, Maine; and grandchildren, Kate, Abby, Graham, Evan, Kyle, Alison and Claire.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at the First Congregational Church of Wiscasset, Maine, at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014.

Contributions in Lillian’s memory may be made to The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 350, Wiscasset, ME 04578 or to the Maine Women’s Lobby, 124 Sewall St., Augusta, ME 04330-6822.