Lily Kathleen Wilmot passed away peacefully on September 25th at the Erickson District Health Center at the age of 98, the end of a long life fully lived.
She was born in Erickson Manitoba on June 16th, 1921, to Otto and Annie Halvarson, the youngest of 3 children. During her early years Lily’s family knew hard times when their homestead was lost, and she never forgot the lessons of that time, never judging, but always showing compassion for those in difficult circumstances.
During the war Lily and her mother ran a small cafe in Muncho Lake, Yukon, serving the crews that were building the Alaska Highway, a time that she often recalled fondly. After the war she married the love of her life, Walter Wilmot, and together they built their home in the Minnedosa Valley and raised their family.
Lily loved to laugh, loved to spend time with her friends, and was always game for a new adventure. Together with Walter she had many of those adventures, traveling and laughing, making friends and memories wherever she went.
Lily was predeceased by her parents, Otto and Annie, and her brothers Elmer and Conrad Halvarson, as well as her husband Walter. She leaves to mourn her children, Ronald (Lois Wilson), Joyce Castle (Murray), Nancy (David Zryd), and Wallis (Gregg McKelvy), grandchildren Tannis Hovde, Lindsey Fransen, Christopher Castle, Jonah Zryd, and Annie Zryd, Great Grandchildren Jarod Hovde, Ty Hovde, Sarah Wilmot-Wilson, Riley Fransen ,Wyatt Castle, and Harlow Castle, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Lily left an indelible mark on everyone who knew her, and world will be a far less colorful place without her.
The funeral service will be held at the Erickson Legion Hall on Wednesday October 2 at 2:00, and Lily will be laid to rest at Little All Saints Cemetery in Clanwilliam. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Erickson and Area Health Foundation.
Erickson and District Health Foundation
Box 103, Erickson MB R0J 0P0