It is with great sadness that the family of Emily Dillman announces that she passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on October 8, 2018 at Glenmore Lodge in Kelowna.
Emily was predeceased by her husband Anthony (Tony) in 1967, her father John in 1982, mother Emilia in 1994, brother John in 2000 and son-in-law Dave in 2010. She is survived by her daughters Maureen (Michael), Jane (Roger), Patricia (Marty), Valerie (Ken) and fondly remembered by nine grandchildren, Steven (Jennifer), Nick (Kelly), Jeffrey (Suzanne), Amy (Josh), Joel, Selena, John, Melanie and Kaytlin. She also leaves five great granddaughters, Abigail, Cassandra, Willa, Harper and Violet, nieces, nephews and also cousins in Austria. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will always be missed and remembered forever.
Emily was born in Kelowna in 1927 and married Tony in 1953. They operated an orchard on the Rutland bench, built a home and raised their family. She was a teacher in the Kelowna area and was well loved by her many students over the years. After Tony died she remained single, raising her family alone and teaching full time until she retired in 1987. She was a strong and independent woman, living in her own house until 2017. Emily enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble, going on long walks and baking with the grandchildren. She was involved with the Heritage Classroom in Kelowna and the Educational Heritage Committee, helping to write a book about the history of Public Schools in the Okanagan.
Emily canvassed for many years for both the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Fund so, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either of those charities.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Glenmore Lodge for their wonderful care over the past year.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.
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