A loving daughter, wife, sister and aunt, Lil has gone to join her husband Bill, her parents Jim and Nell, and her siblings Winnie, Frank, Irene and Doris.
Lil was a devoted aunt to her nieces, nephews and their families. She kept an open-door policy to her family throughout her life. Her nieces and nephews all wore her hand-knitted sweaters and their daughters and granddaughters dressed their dolls in wardrobes lovingly knit by Lil.
Lil was born in Liverpool, England, and grew up surrounded by her large, lively family. She and Bill began dating as teenagers during the war and she waited faithfully for him during the years he served with the British navy. She contributed to the war effort by sewing uniforms for British soldiers, often putting an encouraging note in a shirt or jacket pocket before it was shipped off for distribution.
In 1953, Lil, Bill and her parents crossed the Atlantic to join her war-bride sister and her other siblings who had already found their way to Canada’s west coast. Lil and Bill settled in the Lower Mainland and then moved to Powell River, again to join family.
In June of this year, Lil moved into Kiwanis Garden Manor, where she thrived in the supported atmosphere of companionship and activities such as crib, bingo, daily walks in the garden and bus rides to the mall.
Lil’s family wishes to express thanks to the caregivers at Powell River Home and Community Care and Kiwanis Manor, and to the emergency room team at qathet General Hospital.
A celebration of life will be held at Stubberfield Funeral Home on October 22 at 1 pm.
Lil was a generous supporter of charities that supported children and health care. Donations in her memory can be made to Canuck Place.