Lillian Geneva Burns
Peacefully, Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Carman Memorial Hospital, Lillian, aged 94 of Ferndale, Mb. passed away with family by her side.
Left to cherish her memory are her three sons: Rodney (Donna), Glen and Lyle (Susan); six grandchildren, Sheri (Bill), Marci, Daniel (Pamela), Leah (Mingan), Lindsay (Dana), and David; and eight great grandchildren, Logan, Kendall, Ella, Everette, Evelyn, Elliot, Maxwell and Sawyer. Lillian is also survived by her sister in-laws Deanne, Louise and Doreen Morse and brother in-law Odiel Dusessoy as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Lillian was predeceased by her loving husband of 67 years, Alan (2009), her parents Everette and Alida Morse, brothers Milton (Tip), Eugene (Zack), Leroy (Buck), Marvin (Joe), Theodore ( Ted) and Clarence (Sox); sisters Lacinda Burns (Ronald), Maisie Shirtliff (Harold) and Doreen Dusessoy (Odiel).
Lillian was born on her family farm along the LaSalle River near Starbuck, Mb. on October 4, 1920 to Everette and Alida Morse. She was the second eldest of 8 children. She spent her early years helping on the farm, preparing home cooked meals and enjoying happy times with her fun loving family and friends. She attended Ferndale’s one roomed schoolhouse where she was classmates with her neighbour and future husband, Alan. On November 7, 1942, she married the love of her life and moved just around the river bend to Clear View Farm where she lived happily for 72 years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, neighbour and friend. Hardworking, cheerful and energetic by nature she was happy to help on the farm she loved so dearly; doing chores, gathering eggs, baking, preparing delicious meals and attending to her massive garden for which she donated generously to Winnipeg Harvest every year.
Family was of great importance to Lillian. She was always a source of strength, wisdom and support. She was happiest at home and loved nothing more than to host large family gatherings for many special occasions. Her grandchildren were a great source of pride and living right next door to all of them she played a major role in their lives. Each of them learned the value of hard work, an education and giving to others from her. They were lovingly treated to her delicious homemade buns, cinnamon rolls, cookies and apple pies and will always cherish the many, many stories she loved to tell.
Lillian was a woman of strong faith and conviction. She was baptized and confirmed in Bethania Lutheran Church in Starbuck. Upon her marriage she became an active member of Ferndale United Church where she taught Sunday School and was a devoted member of its UCW (United Church Women). She was also a long time member of The Ladies’ Auxiliary to The Royal Canadian Legion, Sanford Branch #171 where she served as secretary for many years. Being very community minded she volunteered of her time and generously offered countless food donations to Fowl Suppers, Dinner Theatres, Church Teas, Bake Sales and various fund raising events held in each of the communities of Ferndale, Sanford and Starbuck.
Lillian loved her life on the farm keeping very busy outdoors during the summer but always looking forward to the harvest when she would sit outside to watch the lights of the farm machinery and field fires glowing in the dark. This led to winter when she could cozy up in the warmth of her home and enjoy her passion for quilting. Hundreds of babies all over Canada have been softly cuddled in one of her quilts each lovingly and skillfully stitched by hand.
We would like to thank the staff of the Carman Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care for Mom. Also thank you to the home care workers for their kindness and care during her brief stay at Sanford Mandan Manor.
In keeping with Mom’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service of thanksgiving to God and celebration of her life will take place at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 1at Trinity Lutheran Church, Starbuck, Mb. with a reception following in the church auditorium. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or the Arthritis Society of Manitoba.