HILLIS, Betty Ann (née Marr)
October 20, 1940 — August 28, 2023
Betty was called to the Lord on August 28th, 2023, at the age of 82 in Kelowna, BC, Canada.
Words cannot describe what Betty meant to those who were fortunate enough to know her. She was a pillar of strength and a beacon of love, who will be immensely missed by her family and loved ones. Betty is survived by her loving husband Bob Hillis of 47 years, and children Flora (Peter) Henderson, Kathleen Hillis, Eileen (Evan) Sudul, Rob (Tracey) Hillis, Mary Hillis, and John Hillis. She is also survived by her grandchildren Duncan and Robbie Henderson, Ethan, William and Lauren Sudul, and Maralyn and Charlie Hillis.
Betty was born on October 20th, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan. The middle child of three, she always spoke of fond memories growing up with her brother, sister, and dog Poody. She enjoyed life in the big city while spending vacations in the Upper Peninsula. The colourful fall leaves were always a memory she cherished of the “U.P.”. Betty is predeceased by her parents William and Theresa Marr, and her brother Bill Marr. She is survived by her sister Joyce (Leo) Barry, sister-in-law Edna Marr, numerous nieces, and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews.
Her career began with The Detroit Edison Company, at that time one of the largest electrical providers in America, as a clerk in the typist pool. During her 18 years with Detroit Edison, she showed her dedication and hard work while advancing to the position of Secretary of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Walker Cisler, who she considered a dear friend. Always fashionable and classy, on a weekend shopping trip with her treasured work friends to Toronto, Ontario, Betty got on an elevator that would change the course of her life. She met her future husband Bob, and the two were forever together.
Betty relocated to Vancouver with Bob, where she began her calling as a mother. After four years, the young family moved to Kelowna, where they settled. Raising six children was a challenge Betty excelled at through hard work and a bright attitude. In times of prosperity and challenging times, there was one constant, Betty’s leadership and quiet confidence. She was a proud parent to six successful children who were able to flourish due to the foundation and love she provided.
Though her life was quite busy, including starting her own business, she always made time for her cherished friendships and those in need. Betty was a devout Catholic and lived her life serving the Lord. She was never one to judge, but always there to provide gentle guidance. This made her a valuable member of the Holy Spirit and Corpus Christi Churches, the Catholic Women’s League, the St Vincent De Paul Society, and the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE). She loved telling stories of all the various people who came into the IODE Thrift Shop and was proud to serve those in need.
The final years of her life were challenging, as Betty was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. She met those challenges with the same positivity and vigour as any other experience in her life.
The family would like to thank the staff of David Lloyd Jones Home for their kindness and compassion over the past three years.
Please join us at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, for a Funeral Mass at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 750 Rutland Road N. Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream (see below) at the time of the service, a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at 11:00 AM
Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 750 Rutland Road N. Kelowna, BC
The service for HILLIS, Betty Ann (née Marr) is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at 11:00 AM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.