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KILBREI, Lydia Alvina (Lily)

February 9, 1919 — November 9, 2018

Lily went to be with the Lord on November 9, 2018 at the age of 99 – just 3 months short of her 100th birthday. She is survived by her loving family, son Harvey (Nancy), 2 grandchildren Trevor and Sabrina (Jason), 4 great grandchildren Josh, Abby, Janikka and Zaine, and her sister Ruth. She is predeceased by her husband Max and her siblings Bill, Harry, Ben, Lorraine, Evelyn and Irene.

Lily was born on February 9, 1919 in Stead, MB, moved to Edmonton, AB in 1965 and retired to Kelowna in 1980. Lily loved to be surrounded by her family and friends.  Her coffee and apple kuchen were always ready for guests.  She was fiercely independent and will be remembered for all the volunteer work she loved to do. She will be dearly missed.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10:00 am at Embassy Church, 410 Leathead Rd, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, www.heartandstroke.ca. 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.”

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

Embassy Church

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Link: www.heartandstroke.ca


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The service for KILBREI, Lydia Alvina (Lily) is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Embassy Church

410 Leathead Rd Kelowna, BC


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  • Ken and Betty Anne Kilbrei says:

    Aunt Lily was a remarkable lady and totally a “people” person who enjoyed socializing over a wonderful meal or a cup of coffee. Aunt Lily embodied the ultimate gift of hospitality. She loved to laugh and was quick-witted with a good sense of humour. Her family meant the world to her, and she loved them selflessly. What a zest for life she had — always surrounded by friends, right to her final year.
    In her early years of marriage while living on the family farm, her husband and other men of the neighbourhood would work away from home in the winter cutting pulpwood. Her neighbourhood friend, Velma, whose husband was also away, would come to Lily’s home for sleepovers to keep each other company during the long lonely nights. They would cook hearty meals together and spend their time in laughter and conversation, creating lifelong memories. On our last visit with Aunt Lily, she wanted to take us out for dinner as was her habit whenever we visited. We thought it would be difficult for her to climb up into our SUV, so maybe we should rather order in. But she wouldn’t hear of that!! We had to go out so she could treat us. With a bit of help, she boosted herself onto the front seat and off we went. We had a great time at the buffet restaurant where Lily kept encouraging us to eat heartily. Nothing could hold her back once she had made a decision. The family has lost its matriarch who lived her life of faith in God as a legacy for us to follow. Aunt Lily’s life, enduring almost a century. included love, joy, pain, and sorrow, but always God was faithful.
    We will miss her.
    With sympathy, Ken and Betty Anne

  • Phil Armstrong says:

    Stella and I would like to say how saddened we were to hear of Lily’s passing. When we visited her in August, I had expressed to her I was looking forward to congratulating her on her 100th birthday in February, but I see that was not to be.
    Lily and Max were a true Godsend to me when I moved to Edmonton to attend Bible College there in 1972. Although they had never met me before and I was just renting from them, they treated me almost like a son.
    Our relationship continued over the years and Lily’s caring, motherly nature endeared her to us. We will truly miss this precious, loving lady with her ever-contagious smile. But it is wonderful to think of the joyful reunion between Lily and Max now that she has gone to join him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as her family who will be so deeply missing her at this time. May the Lord give you all blessed memories of your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and… (however you knew her best).
    Phil and Stella Armstrong, Lac La Biche, Alberta

  • Aunty Lilly Wittmeier and family says:

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Thinking of you.

  • George and Mary Arndt says:

    Our sympathies are with you Harvey, Nancy and family. Your Mom and Dad were good friends with George and his Mom and Dad (Olga and Rienhold Arndt) from farm days. I met your folks in the spring of 1969. Even though they no longer lived in Homer, your Mom made me feel welcome in the district. They both and she in later years visited us many times. Our prayers are with you all. George and Mary

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