Lillian Eileen Orrisa Thom

Lillian passed away peacefully at the Polson Extended Care Unit on December 21, 2009, in her 103rd year. Lillian was predeceased by her mother, Minnie Hembling (1947), her father, Orris “OW” Hembling (1967), her husband, Archie (1956), her three brothers, Clarence, Edgar, and George, and her two sisters, Margaret and Doris. She is survived by her sons, Donald (Linda) of Ottawa and Murray (Loretta) of Carr’s Landing, her grandchildren, Hamish (Maureen), Stuart (Mot), Ian (Jennifer), Samantha (Peter), and Murray (Jordan), and nine great grandchildren: Kaija, Georgia, Mexx, Euan, Zoë, Morgan, Abby, Ever, and MacGregor. Many nieces and nephews will fondly remember her.

Lillian was born October 29, 1907 in Didsbury, Alberta and moved with her family to Oyama, BC in 1917. After graduating from the Vernon Jubilee Hospital nursing training school in 1929 she continued to nurse at the VJH until her marriage to Archie in 1933. When illness forced him to retire in 1940, she resumed her nursing career and in 1948 she was appointed Matron and Director of Nursing in the newly completed VJH building and remained in that position until 1961. After leaving VJH, she continued nursing for a period of time as a relief nurse for the Red Cross Outpost Hospital in Blue River, at the summer army cadet camp in Vernon, and the Edgewood Hospital. She finished her nursing career at the Kaslo Hospital.

In her retirement, Lillian enjoyed traveling across Canada and to Germany and Ireland to visit family and friends. An avid bird hunter and fisherman, in her later years she enjoyed lawn bowling as a member of the Vernon Lawn Bowling Club. She also enjoyed summers as a member of the Vernon (Kalamalka) Country Club. As well, she was active in the seniors’ five-pin bowling at the Polson Lanes and in the Friends of History meetings.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Polson Extended Care Unit and Dr. Waldron for the compassionate care of Lillian in her final years.

Cremation has taken place and the ashes will be interred next to her husband in the Vernon Cemetery. A memorial tea will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Lillian may do so to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 – 32 Street, Vernon, BC V1T 5L2.