Lillian Georgina Anna (Bailey) McQueen
Lillian McQueen (nee Bailey) passed away peacefully at Sagebrush Lodge in Osoyoos on Sunday, December 18, 2005. Lillian Georgina Anna Bailey was born July 17, 1919 on the home farm near Lipton, Saskatchewan. It was just before her ninth birthday that the family moved from Lipton to her grandparent’s farm outside Forget.
Some of her fondest memories of those early years growing up on the prairies were picnicking at Echo Lake, sledding down the hill onto the frozen slough, and in the spring and fall going to school in a buggy and in winter in a cutter. In 1928, they moved into town (Forget) and had lots of places to run and play. In winter they cut out rooms in the hard snowdrifts.
In 1930 the family moved again, this time to a farm near Grindrod, B.C. Lillian was twelve that July. She went to school in Grindrod and loved the Christmas concerts; Santa came and gave everyone a gift and a bag of candy. Grindrod was a wonderful place to grow up, during noon hour at school in the spring she and her friends would walk all over Grindrod, and down the little creek. They played baseball against Mara school and in May or June would climb the mountain to the falls, cross over at the top and go to Reeves Lake.
Lillian met her husband Harold McQueen when they both worked for Doug and Mary Haywood at Heywood’s Corner. They were married May 31, 1940 at Armstrong.
They first lived in a little cabin – ice house it once was – for a few months until it got cold and they moved into one room with Lillian’s parents until spring when they moved to Jack Hull’s on Monk road. Harold worked in the brickyard there, previously he had worked at the Enderby brickyard; both closed down.
They moved again this time to John Olson’s in North Enderby, where Harold worked on the baler and the truck, mostly trucking however. It was here that three of their four children were born, Ilene, Marjorie and Jim. The oldest, Grace was born while they lived in Grindrod.
In 1952 they moved to Brickyard Road, they’d bought a small piece of property from Lillian’s parents who had moved there the year before.
Those were busy and happy years. The children joined 4H Clubs, and there were sports days. In the summer time a good part of a Sunday was spent at one of the lakes, most often Mara or at Canoe on the Shuswap. In the winter there was hockey, and quite frequently in the spring it was baseball games played around the valley.
Lillian was active in the community with the Good Neighbour Club, Hospital Auxiliary, Catholic Women’s League, Church Choir, and a choir Dr. McLure brought together to sing cantatas at different seasons of the year. Harold was always busy doing things like finishing the house, repairing cars, sometimes helping repair the rink, and helping build the swimming pool.
Harold worked for Jack Smith at the mill in Enderby for a long time until Jack sold the mill to Crown Zellerbach – with three or four other mills the Smiths owned. Crown Zellerbach built a new mill just south of Armstrong and Harold worked there until he retired in 1979.
Lillian and Harold spent the next nine years traveling extensively throughout Canada and the Western United States.
After Harold died in 1988, Lillian moved to a condominium on Kildonan Ave. in Enderby, where she stayed until her health would not allow her to live alone any longer. In 2001 she moved to Greenwood to stay with her youngest daughter Marjorie.
Lillian was predeceased by her husband Harold 1988, father George Bailey 1975, Anna (Halbardier) Bailey 1974, and sister Margaret Tench 1970.
She is survived by four sisters, Florence Tartaglia (Ralph) Langley, BC., Kathleen Flatt Prince George B.C., Georgina Arnold (Bill) Surrey BC., Irene Burgess (Art) Penticton BC.
Four children, Grace Delgado of Drain Oregon, Ilene Green (Ed) Vernon BC, Marjorie Ouimette (Nelson) Greenwood BC, Jim McQueen (Pat) Abbotsford BC.
Seven grandchildren, Cheryl Howard, Roseburg Oregon, Coralee Almaas, Drain Oregon, David Still, Enderby BC, Debra Ellis, Summerland BC, Michael Williamson, 100 Mile House BC, Sherry Reed, Edmonton Alberta and Norman Ouimette, Vancouver, BC, and six great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers those wishing may make a donation to Variety — The Children’s Charity of British Columbia.
Prayers will be held 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Enderby. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m., Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Interment in Cliffside Cemetery. Reverend Father Leo Boyd O.M.I. officiating. Mountain View Funeral Home in care of arrangements 546-8294.