LETCHER, Lillian Alva
Surrounded by loved ones, Lillian Alva Letcher (Nee: Kingston) passed away on October 7, 2010 at the age of 87. Words alone cannot express the joy and inspiration she brought to those who knew her – we will miss her dearly. Lillian was born in Bay du Vin, New Brunswick on June 4, 1923. She grew up on the family farm on the banks of the Bay du Vin River along with her three sisters and three brothers. Lillian enlisted with the WAD during the war and while stationed in Centralia, ON, met and eventually married a dashing young LAC, Gordon Letcher, on February 10, 1945. Lillian was forever kind, considerate and generous. Always the consummate hostess, “It’s what I do!” she would proclaim, should anyone offer a helping hand, suggesting she was doing too much. Combined with her quick wit and timely sense of humor, these qualities would garner countless life-long friendships as Gord’s military career took them to Europe, the United States and across Canada. After retiring from the Air Force in 1974, the family home here in Kelowna became the favourite gathering place for family and friends. Lillian was sadly predeceased by her son Bradley on January 12, 1955 and husband Gord on October 9, 2006. She is survived by her son Gary and wife Rose; Garth and wife Carmen; daughter Barbara and husband Jim; grandchildren Jennifer and husband Jason; Brian; Natalie and husband Neal; Hailey, Steven and great-grandchildren Elliot and Anderson. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, (#4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9) in Lillian’s memory. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.