It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother ~ Lillian Adaline Hein (nee Clarke) was born on Sept 12,1931 in Cutknife, SK and passed away on April 8, 2023 in Prince George, BC at the age of 91 years. Lillian was the fifth child of eight born to George and Nelly Clarke in Cutknife, SK.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Jim Clarke, George Clarke, Ben Clarke her sister Gwen Garlick, her daughter Vivian Hopkins and her great-granddaughter Bailey Hein. She is survived by siblings Harry (Reta) Clarke, Chuck (Mary) Clarke, Jenny (Bob) Schram. Her husband Douglas Hein and children Robert (Jane) Hein, James Hopkins; Doug (Colleen) Hein; Kalvin Hein, Sandra (Dave) Hein/Ofukany; George (Coleen) Hein and Charolette (Dawn) Hein/McCallum. Her much-loved grandchildren Jennifer Kanazawa; Robin (Jason) Patterson; Christy Lucas; Greg (Hana) Hein; Cory (Karla)Hein; Jeff (Natasha) Hein; Shawn Hein; Zabriel Hein; Nicole (Wes) Oke; Miranda Hein; Chelsea Hein; Sarah (Austin) Berkhoven; Craig (Jessi) Hein.
Lillian was also leaves behind her great-grandchildren Ronin Kanazawa; Vivian Kanazawa; Nolan Lucas; Hudson Lucas; Faryn Lucas; Torin Hein; Jack Hein; Evelyn Hein; Maeve Hein; Evangeline Oke; Eliza Berkhoven; April Patterson; Dominic Hein; and Liam Hein. Plus, many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
Lillian moved from Cutknife, SK to Vernon, BC where she would meet Douglas while working at The Hudson Bay. They fell in love and traveled to Montana in May 1952 and were bonded in marriage together for 71 years. Together they had seven children, four boys and three girls, who would later bless her life with 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Lillian truly loved her family with all her heart. Her home was her haven and always filled with a loving atmosphere. Family gatherings were always a highlight for her and we were always greeted with open arms and a hug you could feel deep down into your soul. A pie maker extraordinaire you would always have a variety of choices that soon led to the Hein combo, as it was hard to choose which delicious pie to enjoy.
Lillian loved the outdoors and took every opportunity to take in a golf game, go fishing with her boys, or spend many an hour in her gardens tending to her flowers. Lillian was an avid supporter and volunteer for the Special Olympics, she spent many a day cheering on her son Kalvin and all the other participants for both the Summer and Winter programs.
A service will be held on May 21 @ 2pm at the All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon, BC with a tea to follow. Lillian's ashes will be laid to rest in the Coldstream Creek cemetery in a private family gathering.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the Special Olympics in BC in her memory, would be greatly appreciated.