Lillian T. Tedford


Lillian T. Tedford, 88, of the Ken Perry Road, Saranac, died unexpectedly, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at her home of her friend, on the True Brook Road in Saranac.
She was born in Plattsburgh, Oct. 19, 1930, the daughter of Charles and Delia (Reyell) Schmitt. Lillian grew up in Dannemora and graduated from Dannemora High School in 1948.
She married Harold Robert Tedford, Saturday, Sept. 10, 1949, at St. Joseph's rectory in Dannemora. He predeceased her Sunday, May 19, 1974.
Lillian was a "lunch lady," as she enjoyed being referred, at Saranac Central School for several years, but the majority of her life was spent caring for and raising her eight children.
She loved camping, cooking, baking, knitting, doing puzzles, and especially enjoyed time with her family. Lillian valued her friendship with Barbara "Bright City" Kopp and always enjoyed their travels together.
Left to cherish the memory of Lillian are, her children, Bonnie Tedford of Florida, Roy Tedford of Saranac, John Tedford of Saranac, Tim (Heather) Tedford of Saranac, Bill (Penny) Tedford of Peru, Joe (Liz) Tedford of Saranac, Julie Tedford and her partner, Debbie Hartgrove of New Jersey, and Jason (Shelley) Tedford of South Carolina; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her longtime companion, Kenneth Perry; brother and sister-in-law, Gerald (Marion) Schmitt; and sister, Charlotte.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. Committal prayers and burial will be held in the spring in the Saranac Independence Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Elmore SPCA or St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Lillian Tedford please visit
Published on February 8, 2019
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4 posts

Dana Gunn & William Pelton
Feb 11, 2019
Lil was simply a lovely soul. We adored her, and she will be missed.
Feb 09, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Beautiful picture of your Mom.
Celeste Ormsby Daniels
Feb 09, 2019
I remember when we all used to go out and everyone danced but me. I was rather shy about going out on a dance floor and felt I might not be able to do the Saranac/Redford dance they were all doing. Lillian got me out there on the dance floor and I could never thank her enough for getting me out there and getting me dancing. I loved was freeing. Lillian Tedford was one of the nicest people I have ever met.....she was a wonderful mother and friend. My heart breaks for her families loss.
Feb 08, 2019