Lillian Magill

December 12, 1947 - July 26, 2017

LILLIAN ELAINE MAGILL

(BASAROWICH)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Lillian Elaine Magill on July 26, 2017.

 

Lillian is predeceased by her parents, sister Joyce, and is survived by her 3 Children Cory (Jaye) LeeAnne (Stephen) Dylan (Leanne) and 3 grandchildren Daniel, Charlotte and Ellis and brothers Rick and Don.

 

Born on December 12, 1947, Lillian was the youngest of 4 children. She raised 3 children by herself. She attended The University of Brandon studying for an Education Degree. Lillian was passionate about working with children. She was an early childhood educator and was part of opening Mini-skools in Winnipeg in the 1980’s. She then worked for the Winnipeg School Division as a substitute teacher for various ages of children. She worked as the head of the infant lab at Grant Park High School, where students with children would have child care and still be able to attend school. She was very proud of all of her students and the work that was done during this time in her life. Lillian was well liked by her students as she was always willing to listen and give advice when it was asked of her. She also worked for Manitoba Child and Family Services as a respite worker and took great pride in helping young kids with no family, she always made them feel accepted and loved no matter what their background or story was. 

 

She left the school division in the late 90’s and decided that she wanted to move. She had been to Calgary as a young woman and always said she would love to move there. She did this in 1999 with her daughter. Her time in Calgary was filled with adventures. In Calgary she made lots of friends and was always up to something. She really enjoyed exploring her new city and would always have new stories about her adventures. While family were visiting she took great pride in showing them around the city. While in Calgary, Lillian worked for the Commissionaires as a security guard. Some of her favourite places were Eau Claire Market, Donovan Gardens and of course 17th Ave (Electric Ave as she remembered it) where she would take her kids for food and drinks often.

 

In 2003, after spending almost 5 years in Calgary, Lillian was missing Winnipeg and decided to move back. With the help of kids, the move was on, loaded U-haul and made the trip back to Winnipeg with her son and 2 birds. She moved into an apartment in downtown Winnipeg. She loved spending her time with her newly adopted cats Bailey and Ashes, going on bike rides and going to the Windsor hotel to watch the blues jams on Saturday afternoons. Lillian was always on the move, walking and riding her bike everywhere. Ill never forget when she found a leather recliner and carried it on her bike home (unbelievable).  She continued to work for the Commissioners upon returning to Winnipeg, retiring in 2014.

 

Lillian was never a typical mother/ parent, but she always cared and loved her children and tried to do her best with what she had. Though life was never easy for Lillian, she always made it work no matter what. We will always remember all the good times and rough times we had as a family, because really thats what has shape our family over the last few decades. We will all miss you Mom. Love the Kids

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