Lily Marie Cole Faith


SCOTTSBLUFF – Lily Marie Cole Faith, 101, passed peacefully at home on January 16, 2024, with her daughter by her side. Her funeral service will be held at 10am on Monday, January 22, 2024, at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with Pastor Del Hamon officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Viewing will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. It is respectfully requested that memorials in Lily’s honor be made in care of the Lyman Volunteer Fire Department and the Lyman Christian Church. Online condolences may be made by viewing Lily’s memorial page at Bridgman Family Funeral Home in Scottsbluff is entrusted with arrangements.

Lily was born March 4, 1922, at her Grandma Amy Nealeigh’s home in Cornell, Nebraska to Jasper and Maude Blanche Cole. She was the second child having an older sister, Gladys, and younger siblings Elbert, Roy, Veda and Louise. Lily attended Cornell School walking 2 miles unless it was bad weather when her father drove her in a car. She graduated from Trenton, Nebraska High School in 1940. She attended Kearney College for 6 weeks to get her teacher’s certificate and taught in one room country schools 1940-1946. 

She was introduced to her future husband, Willis Faith, by her cousin, Joseph Lawrence Frakes who served in the Army with Willis during WWII. They started corresponding in January 1942 until October 1945 and finally met after Willis’ discharge. They were married in Oberlin, Kansas on August 5, 1946, and settled in Lyman, Nebraska. They had two children, Virginia and Willis Ray. In 1959 they moved to their farm in Goshen County, Wyoming. Lily worked as a bookkeeper at the Chester B. Brown Co. in Lyman from 1955-1977.  She enjoyed time with family, crocheting, embroidering, and making quilts, doing Sudoku and word search puzzles and reading her Bible daily. She wrote, “My faith has influenced my life by teaching me to be patient, slow to anger and to speak.”

Lily is survived by her daughter, Virginia (Roger) Rousselle Torrington, Wyoming; grandchildren Melissa (Donelson) Lawry Palisade, Colorado; Kara Rousselle Boise, Idaho; Robert (Gillian) Rousselle Centerville, Utah and Rian Rousselle Torrington, Wyoming; greatgrandchildren Irelyn McKernan, Raiden and Aria Rousselle; two sisters Veda Lewis and Louise Perez and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lily was preceded by her parents Blanche and Jasper, husband Willis, son Willis Ray, a sister and brother-in-law Gladys and Bud Cemer; brothers and sisters-in-law Elbert and Doris Virginia Cole; Roy and Carrie Helena Cole and brothers-in-law Carl Lewis and Dan Perez. Also on her husband’s side, parents-in-law Robert and Louisa Faith; brothers and sisters-in-law Levi and Maxiene Faith; Clarence Faith; Minnie and Fred Kumm; Gordon and Eileen Faith; Laurence and Norma Faith; Amy and Kermit Knuth; Otto and Lottie Faith; Bertha and Alfred Mlady.