Lilian Spence

Lilian Spence

Saturday, August 14th, 1920 - Monday, October 12th, 2020
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Lilian Victoria Spence, formerly of Listowel, passed away peacefully at Kincardine Hospital on October 12, 2020 at the age of 100 years.

Born in Finnie, Saskatchewan on August 14, 1920, Lilian was the youngest of seven children born to Jim and Elsie (Addis) Stilborn, and she shared many stories of the life she enjoyed growing up on Sunny Bank farm.

After the war, she made her home in Listowel, Ontario, with her husband, Bruce, who predeceased her in 1975. Here they raised their four children Brian (Bev), Bill (Bev), Virginia, and Peter, to whom she was a devoted, loving and fun Mum and whose example, laughter and zest for life will be missed.

She was the proud Noni to Joelene (Matt) and their three kids, Sloan, Will and Mia; Jeremy, David (Graham), Emma (Andrew), and Iain.

Lilian loved entertaining and the parties at 250 Winston were of epic proportion, whether she was hosting friends or her children's friends. She lived life to the fullest, travelling extensively with Bruce, was a pretty darn good golfer and curler, and was always up for a game of bridge (two bits on the corner), but her happiest times were those spent with family.

Thanks to the staff at Livingstone Manor, Listowel for the deserved love, respect and comfort given to Mum for two years after leaving her home of 61 years, and to Trillium Court and the Kincardine Hospital for their devoted care to her during this past year while she was a resident of Kincardine.

A private family service will be held at Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel, on Friday, October 23, 2020, with a Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in her memory. Mum would like that.

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  • Service

    Friday, October 23rd, 2020 |
    Friday, October 23rd, 2020
    Eaton Funeral Home
    385 Main St. W.
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    A private family service will be held at Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel, on Friday, October 23, 2020, with a Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.
    Rev. Ralph Dwarika
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    875 Davidson Ave. N.
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Donations are being accepted for: THE LISTOWEL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION.


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Susan Dodkin

Posted at 09:53am
Lillian was a kind, classy, beautiful lady who was also fun and lived her life fully. A story I love happened at Lillian's 90th? birthday party. She modelled a pair of jeans for the family that she wore when she was 20 years old. We also, loved her laugh. She will be missed by many.
with love to her wonderful family and our friends,
Susan and Ted


Posted at 10:40am
Love and prayers to all of the Spence Family...
Lillian was a friend to many and a MOM to all..

Richard and Wendy O’Mara

Rhonda and Murray Beirnes

Posted at 11:00pm
Dear Virginia and family, We offer you our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your beloved Mom and Noni. What a beautiful woman she was in so many ways! Is 100 years enough when you have to say goodbye to a loved one? May your many wonderful memories carry you during this sad time.

Marion elliott

Posted at 12:26pm
I’m so sorry to see that Lillian has passed away. Such a lovely lady.. I worked with her at Coates. And we had many good days together.. Good memories.. she will be missed by so many.. you are in my thoughts.. sincerely. Marion Elliott

Bonnie Metcalfe

Posted at 04:20pm
To the Spence Family. We are sad to hear of your mom's passing. I remember when we moved across from her, she brought over chocolate chip cookies and we had such a great visit. I treasured having her as our neighbor and friend. She had such a great sense of humor and I loved her laugh. Thinking of all of you.
Ken and Bonnie Metcalfe.

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