Valerie May Lillie

January 17, 1950 – September 13, 2022

On September 13, 2022, Valerie Lillie passed on from this life.

She leaves to mourn her daughter Angela(Steve), stepdaughter Lisa (Bob), her 5 sisters, 5 brothers and a very large extended family, all of whom she loved very much.

Valerie is predeceased by her husband Will Ferguson who meant the world to her and her parents Olive and Bob Lillie.

Valerie was always smiling and spread joy wherever she went. She had a very kind heart and was always willing to help others.

Valerie lived most of her life in Selkirk. She worked in Winnipeg as a clerk for the Province of Manitoba in the Labour Board Department.

Val lived in her little apartment  for 30 years.

She was always happy to host family hair days and birthdays which often meant a gathering up to 10 people crammed into her little apartment. Growing up in such a large family she was used to it.

She loved having her family around her. Family meant so much to her that when she was a teenager she risked her own life to save her younger siblings when their house caught on fire.

She was the best at making butter tarts and short bread cookies and loved going to BINGO! Sometimes she would be lucky and win, but we are the lucky ones to have been able to know such a kind hearted person.

She was a very strong being who fought until the end.

It is with heavy hearts we say, “Good bye”.

Valerie will be truly missed and loved always.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. in St. Peter, Dynevor Old Stone Church, East Selkirk MB with Rev. Jane Barter officiating..

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11 thoughts on “Valerie May Lillie

  1. Julia Craner

    My deepest condolences to Valerie’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Valerie will be dearly missed.

  2. lisa jensen

    I will miss Val. She was thoughtful , loving and had a beautiful smile and infectious laugh. She and my dad took care of each other. They were supports to each other through all the trials and sickness. They understood each other. They looked out for each other and they loved each other. I already miss the barbecues and family dinners and celebrations and visits.
    I will treasure so many memories of Val. In May of this year, she went out of her way to get me a gift and she signed the card from her and dad and that meant so much. I am grateful I got to tell her how much she means to me, hold her hand and thank her for being there.

  3. Kathy Kindyball

    Val was always so kind & made me feel like I was part of the family. I will always remember her laughter. My condolences to her family. Rest In Peace Val

  4. Caroline Stevenson

    I remember the first time I met Val, at a community gathering. Not knowing her Mom had just told me to take a couple of trays of food home, she began making it very clear that I shouldn’t be taking the trays as they were very expensive. I assured her we would return them. When she found out I was as Percy’s wife, we had a good laugh about it. (And I later returned with a HUGE bag of serving trays.) RIP Val. Say “Hi” to my darling and all our loved ones who’ve gone before.

  5. Sharon Sutherland

    RIP my dear friend. I met Val many many years ago when I went to my Papa’s house, the Lillie family lived next door. You were always so sweet, thoughtful and nice. I loved having tea with Olive and Val. I felt like a “grown up” you will be missed, God has another beautiful Angel 😇. Deepest condolences to the Lillie family from the Sutherland family. God Bless ❤️🙏

    • Wayne Lillie , Bro

      Thank-you for ur kind & generous thoughts abt my “cheer-leader & old traditional Sage advice Sister!” There is not a day that goes by I don’t think of how we got along, which has left a true hole in my heart! She made me laugh & cry so hard for some of the struggles she had in life, sterilization & the lack of pallative care cause it seemed there was none for her? She often chastised me for my lack of actions! But, she always made me feel like a btr man for it!

  6. Lilly

    Another Angel called home to Soon Rip my Dear Friend Val whom I met years ago always loved seeing her at Bingo always had nice chats
    Condolences to her family n friends

  7. Bobbi-Jo and Robert

    When you talked to Aunty Val, she always shared her knowledge which often included things you didn’t know you wanted to know. She carried incredible knowledge.

    I will miss our chats and spending time.

    She was my first teacher into ceremony and for that I will always be grateful.

    It’s feels like an anchor from this world has gone-on. I will miss the certainty of her voice and the legacy she continues represent.

    I am grateful she is with Will and the rest of the family and will continue call on them for guidance.

    My best to Ange and Steve as they continue their walk without her here physically.

    Family hair days won’t ever be the same.

    She will be sadly and fondly missed.

  8. Darlene & Jarvis Swiderski

    We’re so sorry we weren’t able to say a last goodbye to Val. She was such a beautiful lady. Always a big smile and a hug. We’ll miss that.

  9. Calvin Budd

    In all the many years I’ve known you, you were always a warm and caring person whose personality could light up a room. This world’s loss is heaven’s gain. Rest in peace, my dear old friend.

  10. Wayne Lillie , Bro

    It is nice to read these comments & to see how she left the world a better place for being here!
    However, her pain is gone & we will see her agin on the other side, w Will & the rest of our clan! PinosheaInouk!

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