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LAKING, Lillian Ann

LAKING, Lillian Ann

January 30, 1938 - March 12, 2023

On March 12, 2023, Lillian Ann Laking (née Lyle) received her wings and went to walk with the angels after a valiant battle with dementia. She was 85 years old.

Lillian was born January 30, 1938, in Oxdrift, Ontario, to Edna and George Lyle and was the youngest of seven children. She lost her father when she was only six months old and was raised by her mom with the help of a devoted uncle, Pete Latimer. She spent her early years on the family farm before moving to Dryden, ON after her mom sold the family farm. It was there that Lillian grew up and met the love of her life, Eugene "Gene" Laking, whom she married on December 22, 1955. Gene’s work had him transferred several times to Montreal, QC; Branford, ON; and Calgary, AB. In each place, Lillian and Gene established strong roots and friendships that would last a lifetime. They were both active members of The Royal Canadian Legion and seniors curling. Upon retirement, they returned to Dryden, where they relished being back with family and enjoying the outdoors. It was here that Lillian was an active member of the United Church in Dryden and the Hospital Axillary. In 1998, Lillian selflessly donated a kidney to Gene when he suffered renal failure. This gift gave Gene a new lease on life that lasted a span of over 15 years. When Gene’s health again started to deteriorate, they made the decision to move to Kelowna, BC, where they could be closer to their daughter, Robin, as well as more advanced medical facilities. This is where Lillian cared for Gene diligently and lovingly until his passing in 2014.

Lillian was predeceased by Gene, her husband of 59 years; by her parents, Edna and George; and siblings Betty, Marjorie, Evelyn, Gordon, and David. She is survived by her sister Jeannette; her adoring children Robert (Cheryl) and Robin Hoffman (Marty); by grandchildren Jodi, Kyle (Dawn), Andrew, and Daniel; and great-grandchildren Maddy and Hannah. She was a loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews and a cherished friend to all that knew her.

Lillian was happiest when she was in the kitchen baking. Those that knew her could always count on homemade meals, bread and treats no matter when you stopped by to visit. She loved to bake for others and loved to share this skill with her children and grandchildren. She was especially known for her pies and cookies, and she always had these treats in her freezer ready for unexpected guests.

The family would like to thank all the RNs, LPNs, and care aids at Glenmore Lodge for the loving care they offered to Lillian during her time living there. The staff were true angels in taking care of not only Lillian but her family till she left us. From the bottom of our hearts, your generous love, care, and compassion will never be forgotten.

A Celebration of Life for Lillian and interment of her ashes in the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society are appreciated, alzheimer.ca.

Condolences, photos, and memories may be sent to the family by visiting her obituary page at www.springfieldfuneralhome.com (or click the direct link with her name in it, just below).

Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/laking-lillian-ann
Condolence Messages
  • Mar 19, 2023
    So sorry to receive the news of Lillian’s passing. I also drove you to Fernbrae (or Orchard Gardens) where you lived, when the Hyatt’s were unable. Our conversations were mostly about family. She was very proud of you all. My friend Lillian, may you rest in peace until the day God calls us home. In Christian Love Your Friend Joanne Bradford - Joanne Bradford
  • Mar 17, 2023
    Lillian; I am truly saddened to hear of your passing! We always sat together in the leftside row of Rutland United Cherch for many years and drove you home every Sunday. You were always very cheery which I appreciated on many occasions over the years.... Our blessing our for your memory; Sharon + Ross Hyatt ! - Sharon Hyatt
  • Mar 17, 2023
    Dear Robin, Marty and Family.
    So VERY sorry for this great loss.
    I know your hearts must be broken.
    It is evident she was dearly loved.
    Take care and know that you are being thought of.
    Prayers and Hugs, Cousin Carol & family
    - Carol Hoffman-Romanchuk
  • Mar 17, 2023
    Sincere sympathy to Lillian's daughter and family. She was a pleasant lady who was always willing to help us at Rutland United Church, She will be missed,
    Margaret Counsell - Margaret Counsell
  • Mar 16, 2023
    My sincerest condolences to the family of Lillian. I had the pleasure of meeting Lillian at Thalheimer & Company when I was working there. What a delightful lady. I can see the same qualities in her daughter, Robin Hoffman, who I was also fortunate to have met. My heart goes out to the family, it is never easy losing your mother! Blessings to the family as you go through this journey in your life. May you rest in perfect peace Lillian. - Esther Pedersen