July 8, 1926 – May 12, 2014 (87 years)

Tillie will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Shirley Diane Gingras and Joyce Gayle Young; her grandchildren Jacqui and Kelly, Suzanne and Mark, and Robére and Michele; the father of her grandchildren, Leon Gingras; her great grandchildren Luke, Evyn, Caitlin, Lewis, and Oliver; and her multitude of nieces and nephews, including her very close niece, Marilyn Brown.

She was predeceased by husband Bud, her son-in-law, Cyril Young, her brothers Arthur, Edward, George, Charlie, Bill, Robert, Albert and her sisters Mary, Lena, and Frieda.

Tillie was born near Veregin, SK and made her way to Kelowna in 1952. Tillie graduated from UBC with a BEd in 1975 and taught Grade One for thirty-one years in Kelowna and Kitwanga, BC. She spoke fondly of her students and considered it an honour to be their teacher.

Tillie was the people’s Grandma. Her home was always open for a warm welcome and baked treats. She loved the comfort of prayer and being at peace with God. Every week in her later years she hosted Scrabble and cards with her close friends. She loved to travel and spend time at the cabin on the Shuswap.

Her passing will leave a big empty space in our lives, but we are comforted by the rich memories we all have of her and by her words, “I have left this earthly existence and have gone into mansions of eternal life. I am at peace with Our Father and have no pain. Be happy for me.”

A celebration of Tillie’s life will be held on May 27 at 11:00 am at the Mission Creek Alliance Church, 2091 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC. A light lunch will be served following the ceremony?

A generous thank you to all the medical professionals for the care they provided to Tillie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tillie’s name to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1589 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5Y7.

Condolences may be sent to the family through www.valleyviewfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements entrusted to

Valleyview Funeral Home,


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