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HILLABY, Dorothy Viola

Dorothy passed away and went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the age of 94. Dorothy was the youngest of ten children born to Almiron and Myrtle Wilcox of Primrose, Alberta. She is the last of that generation but is survived by a host of friends and relatives. In 1943 she married Robert Hillaby of Marwayne, Alberta. To that marriage, three children were born: June Viola, Kenneth Robert and Fae Lillian. Dorothy and Bob farmed in the Marwayne area for many years. Then, in 1965 they moved to Kelowna, BC. Dorothy has resided in British Columbia ever since.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Bob in 1980. She is survived by her children: June (Jim) Vinoly of Pritchard, BC; Ken (Michelle) of Fruitvale, BC and Fae (Al) Wyse of Terrace, BC; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

In 1936 at the Greenshields Convention, at twelve years of age, Dorothy made her choice to serve God and has been true to that choice. She was saddened when, due to frailty of body, she was unable to attend the Little Fellowship meetings. Her acceptance of her lot in life has touched the hearts of many.

Dorothy has always kept the Heavenly goal in view, and now she has attained something for all eternity.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna. Interment to follow at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to the BC Cancer – Kelowna (Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre), 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5L3.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

This service will be livestreamed/broadcast on Tuesday, December 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to the BC Cancer – Kelowna (Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre), 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5L3. Link: http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/our-services/centres-clinics/bc-cancer%E2%80%93kelowna


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The service for HILLABY, Dorothy Viola is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Rd. Kelowna, BC


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  • Reg & Shirley Thompson says:

    Our condolences on the loss of your dear Mother. She was a very special Auntie to us. An example of being faithful to the God she lived. May your memories be a comfort to you.

  • NORAH BROWN says:

    We will all remember Dorothy’s ready smile, sense of humour and sense of fun. With her passing we have reached the end of an era, the youngest of eleven children born to pioneer parents from the USA. Adah, Earl, Eleanor, Ray, Elmer, Alma, Phoebe, John, Lucille, and Edna preceded her in life and now they are all gone. Rest in Peace Auntie Dorothy, we will remember you with fondness.

  • Bonnie J Dirks says:

    Aunt Dorothy was such a special lady. If only so many miles hadn’t separated her and our family, there could have been more precious times spent with her. May the memories of her time on earth be a comfort to her family, friends and all who knew her.

  • Dave and Susan Fawcett says:

    We wanted to express our sympathy for the loss of your wonderful Mom. We have fond memories of great-Auntie Dorothy. She had such a kind heart and a ready smile for everyone; she was such a gracious lady!

  • Edith Vest says:

    We are sending condolences as we know it is so hard to lose such a precious mother. She meant so much to us and I am thankful for our time spent with her in 2017 and fun times we had visiting her at her place of residences.. Quite a few years ago Myrtle, Keith, Roger and I went to her place for a few days and Keith ended up making his bedroom her kitchen and we had many laughs over that. Special days and precious memories! She was kind, caring and so sweet. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Gladys Steingard says:

    I have many precious memories of my dear Aunt Dorothy beginning when I was about 10 years of age. She came to be our caregiver when my mother was in hospital with the birth of a younger sister. In later years when our children were growing up we would go to Kelowna for fruit and a holiday. Aunt Dorothy delightedly directed and accompanied us to her familiar orchards where she knew we would obtain the best of pickings and prices. Her hospitality was super, super and full of love. I feel grateful for the wonderful auntie and example she was.

  • Keith and Myrtle Robinson says:

    Ditto to what Edith had to say. That was a special time we spent with Aunt Dorothy and we had many a laugh with Keith on the floor. He said he had the best place next to the frig. That was the last time we saw her. We have enjoyed seeing the pictures on facebook of her recently. Makes me sad to think she was the last of the siblings. However, we know that the death of His children is better than the day of their birth. We will be thinking of you all and will be watching it live on the computer..

  • Jim and Tania Atema says:

    Sorry to hear about your mom, Uncle Ken. Sending you our love during this difficult time.

  • Moe and Glen Wilcox says:

    Our thoughts are with Dorothy’s family today and we wish to express our deepest sympathy. Dorothy was always a special person/aunt to us and we will miss her positive outlook and sense of humour.

  • John and Crystal Lynch says:

    Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with all the families. Grateful to speak with Aunt Dorothy a few times over the years and loved her beautiful, warm spirit. Her service very wonderful and enjoyed learning more about her. Thank you for live streaming so that we could also be there. Much appreciated.

  • Tammy Virkutis says:

    I will miss my grandma so much. Here at 48 yrs old I’m always taken back to my childhood memories spending time with grandma and grandpa in the summers growing up. She loved her family so much, and she saw the good in all those that she met. She had the kindest heart, and never did I ever hear her speak ill of anyone in my presence. She always spoke of God and I am thankful that through her I came to love God in my life. Some of the best memories I have are times spent with her. I remember visiting with her in the last few years a few times, and she would tell me stories of times spent together with her. She had a better memory than me, but she would remind me of such loving times, sometimes really funny stories and we would share a good laugh. She was the best person I’ve ever known and loved in my life. She will be greatly missed, but her influence in those she touched will go on. May God take her to heaven and may she find everlasting peace and happiness with Him. Ameen.

  • Albert Wiebe says:

    Too All The Family
    Dorthy was a very special woman ,I was only 26 years old when I moved to Kelowna ,bc from Sask.we Enjoyed having Fellowship together ,many laughs & encouragement was something she always gave..when I moved too Vancouver ,it was many years later ,I received a special surprise phone call from Dorothy .She remembered it was my Birthday & then told me how she had never forgot ..Her brother’s name was Albert and His Bithday was May 16th as well…It thrilled her heart that she had two Brother’s named Albert ,One whom she shared the same mother with & myself whom we shared the same Father with (God) we were family because of Jesus Love bringing us into One Fellowship..Rest in Peace Sister Dorothy & many many thanks for your Friendship,Fellowship & Brotherly Love toward me…
    Thinking of you & your Family at this time..
    The Best Too You All

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