Lila Mae McDonald (nee Preston) passed away on Canada Day, July 1st, 2010 in Kelowna with her husband of 56 years, Wilfred McDonald by her side.
Lila was born in Chilliwack, BC on August 19th, 1930, to Harry and Grace Preston, and grew up farming and raising horses along with her two sisters Shirley (Ray) and Doris (Ackerman).
She graduated from Chilliwack High School and trained as a teacher in Vancouver and Winnipeg taking home economics teaching positions in Ashcroft and then Sydney, where she met Wilfred.
She was a dedicated mom, raising two children: Patrick (Cheryl) of Kamloops and Lori (Tim) of New Hampshire. She also delighted in her grandchildren: Olivia Mae, Riley, Hunter, and Christian whom she loved dearly.
The family lived in many cities in BC and settled in their favorite area, the Okanagan.
Until recently, Lila could be seen in the early mornings on her bicycle riding to some type of fitness activity at the Parkinson Rec. Centre, and was a role model to all of us in staying active.
She loved to travel with Wilf, and cared greatly for the fine people at the Three Links Manor where she volunteered much time. She was also a regular volunteer at many Kelowna marathons and triathlons.
Many thanks to the staff and Volunteers at the Hospice House and to all of those friends and relatives who have been so supportive over the past few months.
Any donations in Lila’s name can go toward the Canadian Cancer Society. Honoring Lila’s request there will be no ceremony, please think of her the next time you ride your bicycle or go for a hike. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mem.com.
Arrangements in care of First Memorial Funeral Services, (250) 762-2299.