July 2, 1990 ~ November 12, 2011

Born in: Escambia Co., FL,
Resided in: Mills River, NC

Mills River- Lilly Alexandria Parillo, 21, of Mills River, passed away peacefully, in her sleep, at her home on Saturday, November 12, 2011, after being diagnosed with leukemia and having a bone marrow transplant in 2009. A native of Pensacola, FL, she was the daughter of Virginia Ann "CoCo" Borkowski of Mills River and Scott Parillo of Atlanta, GA. In addition to her parents, Lilly is survived by one half-brother, Brandon Parillo of Lawrenceville, GA; maternal grandparents, Claire and Maj. (Ret.) Edmond James Borkowski of St. Petersburg, FL; paternal grandmother, Liz Streck Miller of Lawrenceville, GA; two aunts, Elizabeth Claire Borkowski of Mills River and Andrea Borkowski of Safety Harbor, FL. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Grace Community Church, 495 Cardinal Road, Mills River. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Lilly's memory to CaringBridge at (www.caringbridge.org). Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Always know what a special place Lilly held in the many hearts of the people she touched.

  2. As we send deep sympathy for your loss, we rejoice that Lilly has gone on to a better place and is no longer burdened with all she had to bear in this life. Take comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of happy times shared together. All of us at VSL are holding you close to our hearts. Dr. J-

  3. Coco, So sorry about your beloved angel.IF you need me, I am here.YOU WERE A GREAT MOM TO LILLY.Take care of your self. I miss talking to you! Love Marilyn

  4. Liz, words seem inadequate to express the sadness I feel about Lily’s passing. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. I am here for you.

    Love, Cassy

    To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. Thomas Campbell

  5. I never got a chance to meet Lilly, but got to know her through her Aunt Liz. She seemed like a wonderful young lady. It is very sad to see someone go so soon…

  6. Coco & Liz, No words can help your heartache at this time. Know that all of us who knew of Lilly’s struggles are better people because of her.

    Cane River Veterinary Wellness Clinic
    Burnsville NC

  7. Dear Liz and Coco,
    We like to believe that when we lose someone close to us they still live through us and give us strength. The time we have spent with those we’ve lost makes them part of us. We are so sorry for your loss of sweet Lilly, we are keeping you and Coco in our prayers.
    All your friends here at All Pets.

  8. Liz and Coco,

    Lilly was a special lady that touched a lot of people she did or didn’t know, because of the love of her Aunt Liz and Mom who shared with everyone about her strengths and loving nature . She will always be remembered in all our hearts.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both at this time.

  9. Coco and Liz, Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I wish I could be there for the service to celebrate Lilly’s life.
    Love, Rosemarie

  10. Coco & family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Lilly was such a beautiful woman, but now she is an even more beautiful angel with no pain or sickness. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  11. Coco,
    I was so sad to hear the news of Lilly’s passing. I know how very dear she is to you. I pray God will give you the strength and comfort you need to get through this difficult time.

    Kimberly Medlin
    Third Grade

  12. Coco and family, I am so sorry to hear the loss of Lilly. What a strong person she was. I know you guys have been through so much. I hold you close to my heart while you are going through this hard time. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Lilly is looking down at you and smiling.

  13. I know Lilly’s light was the brightest and filled with many many angels to welcome her to her new life. Her life and your love for her has touched so many more people than you could imagine. My love and prayers are being sent to you both. Sincerely, Sandy Duncan

  14. Liz and family,
    I am so glad I was able to meet Lilly when in Cabo San Lucas. Such a beautiful and courageous young woman. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as you adjust to this great loss.

  15. Coco,
    I was saddened to hear of Lilly’s passing. What an amazing young lady. I will always remember her sweet spirit. I pray God will give you peace and comfort. She got her amazingness from you. Love Nancy

  16. Dear Coco and Liz,
    The world lost a beatiful woman last weekend, but heaven gained a beautiful angel! Of course, you know that more than anyone. I know your hearts are aching and mine is for you, too. Try to remember all the happy memories, every moment that you shared with her. She was a special gift. She was so blessed to have you both in her life.
    I just want you to know that I am here for you. Never hesitate to call. Don’t forget to take care of yourselves now, too.
    Love, Claire

  17. Coco and Liz,

    What an amazing girl — she was so special to so many people that knew her, and many she didn’t know. I am a better person for having known her. It is such a bitter-sweet thing in her passing. She had such a difficult time in the last few months/years. The world is a dimmer place without her light in it.

    Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve her loss.

    Thinking of you,

  18. Coco, I am so sorry for you lose, our prayers are with you. I only met Lilly twice, I thought she was an amazing young girl. She is now resting with the Angels. Know she will never be far away and she will always be looking out for you.

    Tracy, Mike, Joseph, Rachael, Micah, and Jason Parillo

  19. Dear Coco and Liz,
    I am thinking about you both today, and am so sorry for your loss. I am glad I had the opportunity to get to know Lilly and your family during her transplant. I will always remember Lilly’s joyful spirit. We will keeping your family in our thought and prayers.
    Dr. J

  20. Coco I was very sad when I heard the news that Lilly left this earth to make her journey to Heaven. She was so brave. I remember reading your blog on Caring Bridge after she had her transplant and praying for the two of you. She fought a good fight with you beside her every step of the way. You are a GREAT mother!! I know you will miss Lilly so much. We miss you here in Florida and we are all praying for you. You will see your sweet Lilly again one day. Untill then, you have all of the beautiful memories to hold onto. I’ll Pray for you to have the strength to get through this diffucilt time. We love and miss you….Your ’74th Street’ Family XOXO

  21. HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY Lilly love! I would give anything to be able to celebrate another bday with you. I’ll carry you in my heart always and forever.. the true definition of my one and only Best Friend. Xoxo Bridgit

  22. Happy 30th Birthday!! Ugh what I would give to he able to celebrate with you today. Some of our best memories were made while celebrating each other’s birthdays. I still have a voicemail of you singing to me on my 21st. You would for sure be out dancing today. I’ll always look for you in rainbows and listen for you in songs. I’ll never stop missing you.


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