LILLIAN IRENE (Nee: TREFRY) (BUTLER) HOPKINS December 9, 1922 – July 31, 2017 Lillian was born and raised on a dairy farm in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to Murray and Irene Trefry. In 1942 she married Sidney Butler, a member of the Air Force stationed in Yarmouth during the war, in 1945 they moved to Sechelt, BC., then Gibsons, then Roberts Creek. Lil and Sid divorced in 1968; she later married George Hopkins and they lived in Roberts Creek. George and Lil owned the Sechelt School Bus Company. George predeceased Lillian in 1991 and she moved to Sechelt where she resided until 2016. Lillian is survived by her son Russell Butler of Central Argyle, Yarmouth Co., NS., and her daughter Susan Sweeney of Sointula, BC. Lillian is also survived by 2 stepdaughters and 3 stepsons. Lillian was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Allan, Keith and Ross, and is survived by her sister Doris, of New Brunswick, her brother Charles, of Manitoba and her sister-in-law, Ruth, widow of Keith . Lillian will be lovingly remembered by her 2 grandsons, 3 granddaughters and 1 step granddaughter, her great grandchildren and her nieces and nephews. Lil worked at many jobs over the years: school Janitor in Roberts Creek, salal picker and packer, assistant to school dentists, for many years assisted the Veterinarian in Gibsons, and then she washed and cleaned the school buses every day . She was never one to sit idle. When not working she knitted, did paper tole pictures, gardened, walked, baked for bake sales, babysat, visited her family and traveled. Thanks and gratitude go to the staff of Campbell River Hospital and New Horizons Extended Care facility who cared for her with such compassion and attention, and the caring they also extended to her family.
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