Although we are saddened, let us rejoice that Lillian, our Mom, Grandmother and Friend, has entered into the presence of our Saviour. Born in London, England on May 28, 1920, she left our presence peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, September 19 at the wonderful age of 101 after a short time of failing health with her family and loved ones by her side. Even though we are unable to have contact with her, she will be forever in our thoughts and memories until we can be with her again. All family members and her many wonderful friends have been extremely blessed for having known her and as she was a unique individual, she will always be loved and remembered.

Lillian was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband Alfred (AJ) in 2006, with whom she will “Always” spend eternity. Also, by her special great granddaughter Jamie, aged 7, in 2008 and her father Jim Elder and her mother Eliza (Warman) Elder, siblings; Tom Elder (Mildred), Lucy Jeffrey (Cliff), Jack Elder (Madge), Edward (Ted) Elder (Gladys), Ruth Miller (Lou), Doug Elder (Ruby) and Ethel Haviland (Ben) whom have all gone to prepare the way before her.

 She is survived by and greatly missed by her three loving sons: James and his wife Mary, granddaughters Kim and Jennifer and three great grandchildren: John and his wife Yvonne, grandchildren Laurie, Lisa, Heather and Scott and five great grandchildren and by Jeff and his wife Anita, grandchildren Samantha, Cassandra, Joshua, Sabrina and Katrina and three great grandchildren. Also, by her sister Jean McDonnell (Tom), brother-in-law Lou Miller and sister-in-law Ruby Elder, her sister-in-law Mary Anderson (Parker) of Vancouver, BC, as well as numerous nieces and nephews who reside throughout Canada, Australia and England.

Lillian spent all her life in Stratford attending our local schools and she was an avid athlete participating in swimming, hockey and softball. When young, she was very active in the Salvation Army and was known for her vocal abilities and her unique style in playing the piano. She was a graduate of Grace Hospital (1941) in Toronto. During her nursing career she managed to raise and support her three boys and after that career had diminished, she continued to work with the Girl Guides where she served as Girl Guide Commissioner. While her boys attended Avon Public School, Lillian took a strong interest in education by being the President of Parent Teacher Association. She has been a very active member at Knox Presbyterian Church and at the Stratford Salvation Army Citadel in Stratford.  In 1968 she was nominated for Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding contribution to the Stratford Community. She shared her working and people expertise at Hercules Shaft and Splice, at Brown’s Men Wear and at the Festival Theatre as an usher.

Our family would like to offer our sincere gratitude to all the employees and care givers at both Cedarcroft and McCarthy Place who made Lillian’s past few years a very special and comfortable place to be. Thank you to the nurses and doctors, who professionally attended to her needs on her several visits to the Stratford General Hospital.

Visitation at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Thursday, September 23, from 6-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment at Avondale Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the visitation or the funeral must call or email the funeral home. The family respectfully asks that you not attend if not double vaccinated. Those who wish to join the family from home can do so by following the view livestream link below Lillian’s obituary on the funeral home website. She requested that any expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be given to Shriners’ Hospital for Children – Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice. 519.271.7411


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