Lillian Kanester

Lillian Helen Vernon

Kanester

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

of life.

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

250-542-4333