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Obituary for Lillie Frieda Boese (Boese)

Lillie Frieda  Boese (Boese)

Lillie Frieda Boese was born in the tiny village of Arnaud Manitoba on February 25, 1928 in her grandparents' house. Lillie was the oldest of 10 children born to Jacob and Olga Boese. From an early age Lil helped her parents with work on the farm, particularly helping with care of the younger children and housework. Life on the farm was strenuous. The family moved to various farms in the early years and in 1944 they settled in Arnaud. Lil loved school and though she was just a little girl, there were times she walked one and a half miles to school. She continued this love of learning and reading the rest of her life.

After she finished grade 11 she spent one year as a permit teacher. This was a huge undertaking for one so young! Lil was a brave young girl. She related how she had a class of seventeen students, covering a wide age range. She lived with a wonderful couple in their home. She tells of the scrumptious treats of fresh bread or warm chocolate cake she enjoyed after she walked to their home after school. After one year of permit teaching she finished Grade 12 and then went on to Teachers' College. She was on the way to becoming a full fledged teacher! And what a teacher she was! Lil absolutely loved children. She showed love and care for each child and had a particular heart for those who struggled in studies and eventually she became a resource teacher in Winnipeg #1 School Division. After teaching for a number of years, Lil felt she wanted to expand her knowledge of the Bible. She attended Mennonite Brethren Bible College for two years and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Religious Studies. And back to teaching she went! Ever a learner, she continued her studies at University and after a few years, she graduated with a bachelor degree in Education. What a career she had..35 years of teaching. Her beautiful love of children and her acceptance of each one was very special.

Lil has a number of nieces and nephews and her love of children extended to them, too. She loved to "test" them with her school testing methods and was always impressed with how smart they were!! It was her joy to buy books for them to instill in them a love for books and reading. Even into her last years, her eyes lit up whenever she saw those "little duffers" as she liked to call them.

Lil lived her life to the full. She was privileged to travel extensively all over the world. Wherever she went she took her adventurous and fun loving spirit and had the time of her life! She often travelled with friends or with her sister Helen. Lil was known for her booming laughter which could fill a room, her twinkly brown eyes and a gorgeous head of hair!! She loved gardening and her flower garden was always a source of joy and pride for her. Anyone who knew Lil had no doubt about her favourite colour. It was definitely purple and shades thereof! Her clothes closet told no lies....mostly purples, deep pinks, mauve and lavender. Delicious colours!!

Lil was greatly involved in her church. Her car was rarely empty when she drove to church. Many a person was able to attend church because Lil gave them a ride! She served as deaconess and many a person enjoyed her visits and her delicious cookies and Easter bread (Paska). She brought them cheer and joy.

She was passionate about many causes, especially the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), MEDA and meeting the needs of people afflicted with mental illness. She supported many causes and her own church with a generous and giving heart. Donwood Manor Personal Care Home was close to her heart too. She served on their ladies auxiliary for a long time. And in February, 2018, she became a resident there herself. It was a blessing to notice how well she adjusted to her new home and the quiet acceptance that permeated her spirit.

Lil will be missed by her family and friends and by the people whose lives she touched. The foundation of her life was her personal faith. When times were hard she drew strength and courage from God. During times of trials and difficulties she often turned to the old hymns that touched her heart and soul.

We are thankful for the life of Lillie Boese. We are blessed to have known and loved her and to be loved by her.

Lil passed away peacefully on September 10th, 2018 surrounded by her family.
Left to cherish her memory are her siblings John (Rita), Dave (Karin), Helen, Ken (Gay) and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, five brothers and two sisters-in-law.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, September 17th, 2 p.m. at Elmwood MB Church, 145 Henderson Highway. Private interment will be held prior to the service.

In memory of Lil, donations may be made to MCC, MEDA or Eden Foundation.
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