Lillian Wilson passed away suddenly at the age of 96 on November 4th, 2021.
She was born Edith Lillian Hamilton on August 9th, 1925, to Norman Walter Hamilton and Mae Elland (nee Cottingham) on the family farm north of Solsgirth.
She was predeceased by her older brothers Frank and Doug, by her younger sister Ida Barteaux, by her husband Doug and by her daughter Wanda. She is survived by her two sons; Thomas (Janice Meseyton; Alana, Matthew, and Daniel Wilson), and Roger (Brenda Marshall-Wilson; Morgan and Ethan McKay).
Lillian, or Lil, was raised in the difficult times of the dirty thirties and World War Two. She lived on the farm at Solsgirth in her early years and then Birtle, which she called home for almost all of her life. When she graduated high school, she obtained her teaching certificate and taught school until 1952 when she married Douglas F. Wilson and moved to the farm on the Wattsview Plains. They were happily married for 63 years.
Lillian had a wide circle of friends, many lifelong. She loved social gatherings, playing cards and board games, and meeting new people. She had a knack for making others feel welcome and she will be remembered for her hospitality, kindness, and laughter. In her later years she no longer recalled names as easily, but she still greeted everyone warmly and with a big smile. She enjoyed spending time with her family, doing word searches and playing card games and Scrabble. She endeavoured to “make the best of every situation” even when it was difficult. She was very grateful to the caring staff at the Birtle Transition Unit and Sunnyside Manor and to the residents for being her table partners.
We will miss her, but heaven will be a little bit brighter with her presence.
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