Obituary – Lilian Spence


Lilian Victoria Spence, formerly of Listowel, passed away peacefully at the Kincardine hospital on Oct. 12, 2020, at the age of 100 years.
Born in Finnie, Saskatchewan on Aug. 14, 1920, Lilian was the youngest of seven children born to Jim and Elsie (Addis) Stilborn. 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. She 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 in Listowel for the deserved love, respect and comfort given to Mum for two years after leaving her home of 61 years, and to the staff at 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 in Listowel on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
A Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.
Interment Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in her memory; Mum would like that. Condolences may be made online at

Obituary – Lilian Spence was last modified: October 19th, 2020 by Dianna Martell

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  1. My belated and deeply sympathy to the family.
    I just learned of your Moms passing when trying to find Brian in Kincardine.
    Marg and I were happy to attend the officers mess dances when your Mom and Dad had a terrific time . So inspirational as a young married couple .
    She was always very gracious to me when visiting at your home.
    George Zilliax

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