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LILLIAN CHRISTENA AIRD

Born: Mar 05, 1939

Date of Passing: Jan 08, 2016

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LILLIAN CHRISTENA AIRD It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Lillian Christena Aird on Friday, January 8, 2016. She is survived by her sons Brian (Sherry) and Ken (Kim), and her grandchildren, Kevin, Cory, Taylor and Joshua; brother Archie Millar, brother-in-law Keith Aird and family, and brother-in-law Bob Lindstrom and family. Lillian was predeceased by her husband Ian, and parents Tom and Janet Millar. Lillian was born March 5, 1939 in Manor, Saskatchewan. She grew up on the family farm and left in her early 20s for Winnipeg, where she worked as a secretary at CBC. From there her career took her to the St. Boniface School Division where she worked at Windsor Park Collegiate and General Vanier School until her retirement in 2000. Lillian was never one to just sit around and was always on the go. She enjoyed her curling in the winter at the Fort Garry Curling Club and golf in the summer with her league at Harbour View. She would often go on walks with her good friend Anne and thoroughly enjoyed tending to her garden in the back yard. Lillian was also actively involved at Windsor Park United Church and made many good friends and memories there. She loved her time at Moms and Tots every Wednesday morning. If there is one line that summed up Lillian it would be "it's better to give than receive". She was known for dropping baking off in a pinch when a family was going through a challenging time. Many family friends were the recipient of a sock monkey when they had their first-born and crafts at Christmas time. Lillian and Ian enjoyed their vacation time, taking the boys on road trips in the early years and then travelling down south in their retirement years. Lillian was always by Ian's side and was a fierce advocate for him when he was diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease. Lillian also loved to spend time with her boys and grandchildren. Whether it was sitting on the deck at Brian's or in the backyard at Ken's, she loved being a part of her grandchildren's lives. She enjoyed watching them play sports, listening to them play music as well as baking, gardening, and travelling with them. She even passed down her competitive card paying skills to her grandchildren. She will be missed dearly by all of us. Although we are so sad that you are no longer with us, you have left us with incredible memories that we will always be truly grateful for. Mom, your legacy will live on and you have set the standard for us to be caring, compassionate people. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be held at Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Outreach Programs at Windsor Park United Church. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors 680 Archibald Street 204-253-5086 ejcoutu.com

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 13, 2016

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • As a friend and roommate of her son Ken, I knew Lillian since the late 80’s. Her incredible generosity was perhaps only surpassed by the phenomenal role she played in shaping her two boys into men. Their kindness and empathy toward others, and their exemplary skills at fatherhood can be traced back to her. Our first child received one of her sock monkeys despite having moved 2 provinces away more than 4 years earlier. To this day, on certain mornings, I recall the smell and taste of the cinnamon bread she would often bake just for me, usually as a surprise, because she knew how much I enjoyed it. Our deepest sympathies to the families and friends who were so fortunate to have known Lillian. Her loving spirit continues in those who carry her memory. - Posted by: Kevin Palmer (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2016

  • I KNEW LILLIAN FROM 'GENERAL VANIER SCHOOL', SHE WAS ALWAYS FRIENDLY AND HAD A SMILE ON HER FACE FOR ME....AS THE YEARS WENT ON I WOULD OCCASIONALLY SEE HER WALKING ON THE BIKE PATH OR AT 'CANADIAN TIRE WHERE I WORK SHE WOULD ALWAYS COME UP AND SAY HI,AND ASK HOW THE FAMILY IS DOING. I WILL MISS SEEING HER FRIENDLY FACE. CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY. SYLVANNA PALMER - Posted by: warren and sylvanna palmer (aquaintance) on: Jan 15, 2016

  • Brian, Ken and family. So sorry to hear of your Mum's passing. It was a pleasure, when walking down the street with my grandchildren, to have a chat with your Mum. She was always so cheerful and bubbly. I also remember her many years at General Vanier when our kids Michael and Kevin attended the school. RIP Lillian. - Posted by: Hazel Workman (Neighbour) on: Jan 14, 2016

  • Lillian lived across the street from me. I had only known her for 4 years as we moved in 2011. When we had our daughter she rushed over to meet her and spoiled her with gifts. I'll miss seeing her every day. - Posted by: melanie (neighbor) on: Jan 14, 2016

  • Lil was one of the true strengths of our church. I have never seen a lady work as hard,at so many things,as Lil. What a pleasure to watch her at Moms and Tots. May God bless her family at this hard time. Bill McOuat friend. - Posted by: Bill McOuat (friend) on: Jan 13, 2016

  • I was not a friend, not an acquaintance, but Lillian was never one to act like such was true. She was a customer at the place I worked and whenever I saw her, I could smell her cooking was close. She always made sure to bake goods for everyone. She was one of the most friendly people to walk through our doors. Everyone here that knew her is deeply saddened and shocked by the news and our thoughts are with her family. She is, and always will be, an amazing, loving, and caring woman. - Posted by: Kimberly () on: Jan 13, 2016

  • Dear Ken and Kim and family. Our hearts are with you during this very sad time. My first meeting of your beautiful mom was at Shawn's bridal shower when she so graciously came up and introduced herself and helped with making coffee. I will never forget that. She will always have a special place in my heart and I am so lucky to have met her. Your wonderful memories of her kindness and just being mom will comfort you at this time. Love to you all. - Posted by: Carol & Glenn Chudley (Friend) on: Jan 13, 2016

  • Lil was an incredible gift to many over the years, and was a true friend and godsend to my parents (Marg and Arnie Thomas) during their illnesses, and a help and a comfort to me and my siblings upon my parents' deaths. I am sure she is busy organizing things in heaven. Her wit and humor, kindness and friendship will be greatly missed. Deepest sympathy to you all at this time. She was an amazing woman. - Posted by: Joanne Thomas (Friend) on: Jan 13, 2016

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