In Memory of Lillian Svenungsen

April 4, 1925 ~ January 27, 2017

We announce with sadness that Lillian Svenungsen (née Gerd Olsen) of Abbotsford passed away peacefully on January 27, 2017. She is survived by her grandson, Robert, and his wife, Patti, her granddaughter, Kathleen, and her sister, Laila and family. She dearly loved her great-grandchildren, Sean and Ryan. Born in Oslo, Norway, Lillian immigrated to Canada with the love of her life, Per, and her daughter, Vickie in the 1950s. Lillian and Per were deeply devoted to one another. They worked together to save and bought their first home on Fraser Street in Vancouver, where they raised Vickie and sent her to university to become a teacher. Lillian built strong friendships with her Vancouver neighbors and co-workers at St. Paul’s Hospital. In 1969, Lillian and Per bought a cabin on Bowen Island and they spent their free time creating a comfortable vacation home. They eventually retired to their ‘jolly old cabin in the woods’ and lived an idyllic life for almost 30 years caring for their home and each other. Lillian took great care of Per and everyone around her, cooking delicious meals with food grown in her bountiful garden, baking delicious treats and knitting warm toques, mitts, socks and sweaters. She had a curious and adventurous spirit. She liked to try new things, like growing a new flower in her garden or trying tai chi for fitness. She was an active member in the Bowen Island community; serving as the President of the Ladies Auxiliary, co-creating the Memorial Garden, and fundraising for various initiatives at the Legion. In 2003 Per and Lillian moved to Abbotsford near the end of Per’s life, and Lillian lived with Robert and his family, until 2009 when she moved to MSA Manor. Nannie took immense joy in being a part of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives. Lillian was a force of nature, always creating something with intention, determination and with love for those around her. Though she knew great loss in her life, she knew to find great joy in giving to others. She was a spectacular lady and the life of the party. We can still hear her laughter ringing out, and see that smile from ear to ear. She will be missed. Tributes and condolences may be left at:

Henderson’s Funeral Home ~ 604-854-5534

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