Peacefully and surrounded by her family, Lilah passed away on July 15, 2015. She was born in Baldwinton, Saskatchewan on October 8, 1922.
She leaves a lifetime of love and cherished memories with her son Bob (Debbie) O’Brien, her daughters Regan (Bob) Misuraca, Mary O’Brien and Lilah O’Brien (Irvine), her son-in-law Greg Lunde, her grandchildren Michael (Sue), Colin, Tim (Carmen), Aaron, Ben (Crystal), Adam and Megan, her great-grandson Skyler, her sister Shirley Weeks and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by Bob O’Brien, her husband and partner in adventure of 67 years, her beloved daughter Keitha, her parents Peter and Alison Robertson, and her brother Les Robertson.
Lilah spent her life devoted to the care and enjoyment of her family. Her days were centered on providing a home filled with sharing home-cooked meals accompanied with lively conversation and collaboration of interests. She spent endless hours in her garden to provide the freshest berries and vegetables and to nurture a beautiful and eclectic collection of shrubs and flowers while her yard hummed with the plans, plots, games and projects of the neighbourhood. Her autumns were a buzz of canning and preserving treats not to be cracked open until the first snow flew. Winter hours were filled with sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting for her family’s comfort.
With her family, she delighted in camping, hiking, skiing and exploring the mountain woods and parks, sharing her extensive knowledge of birds and plants encountered there. She also spent many years scouring the woods and hills of the Kootenays, the parks and the surrounding countryside with the incredible group of hiking ladies on their weekly excursions and extended backpacking adventures. Her memory of routes and wild places was extraordinary.
Lilah appreciated the warm and caring people she routinely encountered in Kimberley and was always grateful for their interest and support. She accepted each new challenge with interest and optimism and continued to enjoy the everyday, simple experiences of life. Her down-to-earth common sense and her delight in the joy and accomplishments of her family and friends will be a continuing inspiration to those who knew her.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be no service.