Lillian Helen Vernon
December 19, 1919 – March 28, 2010
Lillian will be sadly missed by her husband, Clifford, her sons, James
(Anne-Marie) and Clinton (Kathryn), her daughter, Janet, and four loving
granddaughters, Nadia, Jennifer, Emily, and Wynne. She was predeceased
by her older sister, Maybelle Bell, in 2005.
Lillian was born and raised in the small town of McLean, Saskatchewan.
During the war years, she worked in Regina, both in the munitions and
aircraft industries in support of the war effort. Lillian later moved to
Revelstoke, BC and lived with her sister Maybelle while working in the
Co-Op Store. While there, she met Cliff, her husband of 58 years. They
moved to Kamloops and later Penticton in support of Cliff’s work and
started a family. In 1966, the family moved to Vernon where they bought
a small farm and set down more permanent roots. Lillian was a stay at
home mother, but also worked in all aspects of farm life; fi xing and building
fences, hauling and stacking hay, birthing calves, milking cows, raising
pigs and chickens and ensuring that her family was supported in every
way. As Lillian’s daughter, Janet, had Down’s Syndrome, Lillian worked
incessantly with the Vernon and District Association for Community
Living and later with the Pro Life Society. She ran fundraising bazaars
at My School, assisted with Venture Training Centre projects, and in later
life acted as volunteer coordinator with the Pro Life Thrift Store. Lillian
retained a lifelong bond with her sister Maybelle, talking to each other
several times a day by phone and visiting once a week until Maybelle’s
unexpected passing at 92. In later life, Lillian was plagued by hip problems
that impinged on her mobility, but not on her wit, humour and enjoyment
A celebration of Lillian’s life will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, April 24,
2010 at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home.
In remembrance of Lillian’s life and loves, donations may be made to
Vernon & District Association for Community Living, the Pro Life
Society, or North Okanagan Hospice Society.
Arrangements have been entrusted to:
Pleasant Valley Funeral Home