Lilian Hernaez Sumner

May 09, 1947 - October 02, 2020

Obituary for Lilian Hernaez Sumner

Mrs. Lilian Hernaez Sumner, 73, of Rougemont, NC, passed away on October 2, 2020 after battling heart disease. Lilian was born on May 9, 1947 in the Philippines in the city of Bacolod. She was the daughter of the late Amado and Amparo Hernaez.

Lilian graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of the Philippines and immigrated to Durham County, North Carolina in 1978. She started her career in banking and later moved to administrative healthcare. She worked for the University of North Carolina for thirty years and happily retired in 2014, a life-long Tarheel fan.

Lilian married Tutti Moreno and had two wonderful children, her daughter, Sarita and son, Alex. Lilian later married Ray Sumner in 1983. They had a loving marriage and celebrated thirty-seven years last January. Ray and Lilian travelled the world as a couple and with family, with favorite locations throughout Europe. She enjoyed cooking, baking her famous pound cake, and brewing coffee that would keep most people up for days.

Lilian, known as Baby, was preceded in death by her parents and six older siblings (Lucretia, Lezita, Amado, Lydia, Adamson, and Lucille). Her life will forever be cherished.

She is survived by her husband, Ray, and her blended family in California: her daughter, Sarita Moreno, her son, "Alex Moreno and his wife Sherrie". and her grandson, Jacob Moreno. Her sweet nature and sense of humor touched the lives of many, and Lilian will be fondly remembered by her large extended family across the globe and precious close friends.

The family will hold a private memorial service. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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The entire Avail Medsystems Team offers Alex and broader family our deepest sympathies.
- Jack Germanson
Dear Lilian, Thank you for being You, your goodness, your presence in our lives, and and the wonderful memories shared with our family. I have always loved you as my very first sister in law. Didn't know much then of what to expect. I remember my growing up days in St Paul, from Maligaya thru to Bf, You were always kind and sweet to. me. Don't worry bout Sarita and Alexis, for you have raised them exceptionally well. and I will do my best to be here for them as best I can. LUV you LIL. Rest now and be with God, Say hi to my Mom and Dad. You will remain in our hearts forever. xoxo
- Pinqui
I worked with Lilian at UNC she was truly a sweet person. When I retired in 2014 she gave me a beautiful bouquet of red paper roses which I cherish still. I will always remember her sweet smile that she always shared with us. My condolences and prayers to the family and friends
- Betty Daniel
To Ray, Lilian's children and grandson, I know the sense of loss I feel is only a fraction of what you all must feel. I worked with Lilian for just about my entire career at UNC. She was always a delight to be around. She had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed "teasing" her at times to see her playful reaction. Lilian was always approachable and kind. When she retired, I was happy for her to move on from the stress of work life and be able to spend time with Ray and her family, but it was a sad day for me and all of her work "family". And now we have to say goodbye again. Thoughts of Lilian always bring a smile to my face! My family's thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thank you for sharing her with us.
- Rich Griffith
I worked with Lilian for so many years at UNC. She was a friend as well as a co-worker. Lunch with Lilian was always so much fun. I will miss her laugh. She was such a great person, gone too soon.
- Pat Roberson
To Lilian's family. I am so sad to hear of Lilian's passing. I worked with Lilian for several years, though it has now been probably ten years ago. Lilian brought joy to the office. She was so dependable - not just for the work, but for the way she interacted with you. Always willing to help, always brightening someone's day. I hope you know that she has not only impacted your lives, but has touched the lives of her co-workers in ways that we don't always even recognize. I'm so sorry for your loss, and so appreciative to have known Lilian. Linda Raftery, UNC School of Medicine, Department of Medicine.
- Linda Raftery

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