Obituary: Judith Brown Lillis

The Chronicle Express
The Chronicle Express

Judith Brown Lillis died Friday, June 12 at home with her husband, family, and beloved dog, Manley, by her side. 

Dan and Judy were brought together 40 wonderful years ago. When asked how long they had been married, Dan Said, “not long enough.”

Born to Erwin and Ruth Brown August 27 in Penn Yan, N.Y., Judy grew up on a vineyard in the Finger Lakes. Graduating from Cornell in Ithaca, NY, Judy began her career in Boston Filene’s. At Macy’s, Judy had a successful career including positions as sportswear buyer, Indian Springs Store Manager, and Fashion Director. Her last position at Macy’s was Vice President for Merchandising where she traveled the world, including Italy, France, Hong Kong, and Korea for stores in Missouri, Kansas, and Ohio.

Perhaps, the most important things to remember about Judy’s time at Macy’s are the many friends she made. Some of these people journeyed across the country to see Judy when she was home from her hospital stay. It was a close group of women and their partners who have worked and played together for years.

Judy’s life will be celebrated later with much dark chocolate and good red wine, laughter and love.

Dan suggests donations in Judy’s name to the Arts Center of Yates County in Penn Yan, N.Y. where Ruth, Judy’s mother, was a long-time contributor; or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Fond memories and condolences may be shared at