Born: August 11, 1918
Date of Passing: December 28, 2010
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LILLIAN SELF

LILLIAN FLOREINE SELF Peacefully on December 28, 2010 at the Lakeshore General Hospital in Ashern, with her dear friends around her bedside throughout the week, Lillian Self aged 92 years of Ashern, MB passed away. Lillian Self was born to John and Annie on August 11, 1918, a little sister to Ward - eight years her senior. Her parents came from England to Waterloo, ON and then to Ashern in 1911 or 1912. They first lived south of Ashern and then moved 5 1/2 miles north of Ashern where they farmed with a few cattle, chickens, etc., and a team of horses. Lillian and Ward attended Beatty and Parker Schools. Lillian would often dig Seneca root with Ward to make a little extra cash. Soon after their parents passed away in the 1950s, Lillian and Ward gave up farming. For the next 20 years it was a familiar sight to see them pulling a sleigh in the winter and a wagon in the summer to go to town for groceries and then head back home again. In about 1970, they moved south of town where Lillian remained after Ward's passing in 1981 until she took sick and had major surgery in 1989. She could not return to the house alone and moved into the First Choice Manor in 1990. She was upset at leaving her beloved dog behind but loved her new home and soon filled it with stuffed animals, ornaments and nic nacs that caught her eye. She loved her budgie named Buddy and her canary named Dick. These where her children. Lillian was a fantastic knitter making sweaters, mitts, hats and socks and never used a pattern. All through the years she made her and Ward's clothes with whatever material she got her hands on. Lillian was a warm, loving and generous person, always helping in whatever way she could and will be missed by all who had the honour to know her. She loved her community, was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and the Pioneer Museum and was always ready to help. She also gave generously to the Silver Bay Bible Camp as well as other charitable causes. She later became a member of the Adult Day Care Program which she loved and enjoyed the many day trips they went on. Anyone who knew her, knows how much spunk she had and how feisty she was. She was sweet, but don't cross her or you'd hear about it. Dynamite comes in small packages! Many times over the last few years when she became seriously ill and we thought she wouldn't make it this time, she dug deep and came up fighting. Thankfully she fooled us all and came home. Even this last time she fought hard, but her poor old body was just too tired. She was predeceased by her parents in the 1950s and her brother Ward in 1981. Lillian leaves to mourn her passing, Ann Gislason and the Stolwyk families, Valerie Price and the Price family, the Cope families, her First Choice and Pioneer Manor families along with many other friends. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Ashern, MB with Pastor Erwin Tippel officiating. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment to follow in the Ashern Municipal Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Fritz Plohman, Franklin Plohman, Gomer Plantz, Dave Van Tornhout, Henry Stolwyk and Clayton Nabess. Honorary pallbearers will be Ethel Stolwyk, Ann Gislason, Valerie Price, Frances Van Tournhout, Jim Otto, Janet Price, Marion Chase, Gesele Nabess, Graham Price, Kim Stolwyk and Greg Chase. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by: ARNASON FUNERAL HOME Ashern - Lundar 1-204-768-2072 1-866-323-3593

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on December 31, 2010

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