Lillian Gertrude Norrish passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, August 1, 2006, at Mission Memorial Hospital. She was 99 years old. Born on March 23, 1907, to Alfred and Isabella Lees, Lillian grew up first in Waterdown, Ontario, and subsequently near Strongfield, Saskatchewan, where her parents began farming in 1912. In the spring of 1930 she and her sister Grace came out to work in Hatzic, where Lillian met and then married Frederick Charles Norrish. The couple farmed in Dewdney for the next 25 years, then retired to Mission in 1955, where Charlie pursued golfing, woodworking, and curling, while Lillian gardened and was a dedicated member of St. Andrews United Church, serving as president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary. Freed from the daily routine of farming they also enjoyed travel, and even after Charlie passed away in 1966 Lillian remained active, taking frequent trips to visit family in Bellingham, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Saskatchewan. She will always be remembered by her many friends and family as a practical and hardworking woman with an appreciation for beauty and a fine sense of humour. She was dearly beloved and will be sorely missed.
Lillian was predeceased by husband Frederick Charles Norrish; infant son Charles Arthur Norrish; sisters Florence Vaughan and Grace Bartley; brothers Frank Lees and Stanly Lees. She is survived by sister Irene White of Bend, Oregon; daughter Eunice (Arnold) Gustafson of Bellingham, Washington; grandsons Gary (Ellie) Gustafson and Greg (Philippa) Gustafson of Bellingham, Larry (Robyn) Gustafson of Ferndale, Washington, and Kevin Gustafson of Dallas, Texas; grandÂdaughter Linda (Terry) Krueger of Oak Harbor, Washington; seven great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren. A Service will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2006, at 2:00 pm, at Woodlawn Mission Funeral Home, 7386 Horne Street, Mission, BC. Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew’s United Church or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Woodlawn
Mission Funeral Home