1927 Lillian 2021

Lillian Gellman

April 12, 1927 — October 1, 2021

Lillian Kathy Gellman, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt passed away on Friday, October 1st, 2021 of natural causes. Lillian was 94 years old.

Lillian was born in Havana, Cuba to Pola Gordon Kelton and Benjamin Kelton on April 12th, 1927. She graduated with honors from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1944 and went on to earn scholarships to the Traphagen School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Lillian graduated in the very first F.I.T. graduating class with a Bachelor of Art in Fashion Illustration and Design. After graduation, she went on to design for the Cinderella Frocks children's clothing line where she was personally requested by Shirley Temple Black to design dress collections for her daughter. From there Lillian went on to her favorite career of being a stay-at-home mother.

Lillian is survived by her 3 children and their spouses Howard and Lynne, Warren and Beth, and Michelle and Marc. Her grandchildren Jennifer, Ariel (Michael Zallie), Alixandra, Jordan, Michael, Jason and Adam. Her great-grandchildren Jonah and Talulla Rue. Her nieces and nephew Kristen, Meghan and Collin and their families. Lillian is preceded in death by her parents Ben and Pola Kelton, her brother Aaron Kelton and her husband Joseph Gellman.

Funeral Services took place on Sunday, October 3rd , 2021 at Montefiore Cemetery in Jenkintown, Pa followed by a Shiva brunch at Germantown Cricket Club directly after the service.


Memorial Donations may be made to:

*Golden Slipper Club and Charities.

*Keren-Or , The Jerusalem Center for Children with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities.

*The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Lillian was deeply loved by her family and friends and will live on in our hearts forever.
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