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LILY GURNEY (published on December 26, 2009)

LILY GURNEY September 28, 1922 - December 19, 2009 Lily Gurney, Janice's beloved mother, died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 87 on Saturday, December 19, 2009 in her home at Copernicus Lodge in Toronto. Lily is survived by her sisters Winnie Cooke and Dorothy Gregory, her brother, Harry Bennett, her son-in-law, Andy Patton, as well as her numerous nieces and nephews and their spouses - Donna (Stan), Wendy (Don), Kenneth (Harriet) Bruce (Pat), Gordon (Barbara), Lawrence (Hilda) and Brian (Cheryl). She was predeceased by her husband, Al, in 1968, and her sisters Joan and Ivy, her brothers Tom and Ernie and her niece, Gail. Lily was born September 28, 1922 in Inwood, Manitoba, then moved to Winnipeg where she lived until 2006. She met her future husband at Stovell-Advocate Press where she worked in the bindery until they married in 1947. In her forties, she returned to work in the printing industry, where many of her long friendships had begun. Retiring at 62, she became a volunteer on the children's ward of St. Boniface Hospital, where she met her good friend, Terry. Later she worked at the clothing store, Signatures, owned by her close friend, Ellen. She lived at Catherine Place from 2001 until 2006 when she moved to Copernicus Lodge in Toronto to be near her daughter, Janice, and son-in-law, Andy. She was still in touch almost every day by telephone with her friends Freida and Richard in Winnipeg. Lily was always full of energy, with a generous soul, and a smile for everyone she met. She loved finding bargains and clothed many of her family and friends. She had a gift for friendship. Isobel was her friend for 70 years; Lily had hoped to be in Winnipeg next year to celebrate Isobel's 65 years of marriage to Mel. Her newest friend, Gina, lived next door at Copernicus Lodge. She was particularly fond of her youngest friend, June, who brought her dog, Momo, for visits. She was quietly courageous through many medical difficulties and maintained a joy in living each day. Lily will be greatly missed by her many friends in Winnipeg and Toronto. Janice and Andy wish to express their gratitude to Lily's doctor, Dr. Chu Le, who gave her wonderful care, and the staff of Copernicus Lodge, who treated her with such kindness in her last years. Celebrations of Lily's life will be held at a later date, in Toronto at Copernicus Lodge in January, and in Winnipeg in June. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Copernicus Lodge, Toronto Animal Services, or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Turner Porter Yorke Chapel, 416-767-3153.

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