Lila Letniak was born August 15, 1925 near Beauvallon, Alberta to her parents, Steven and Pearl Tym. She was the 3rd oldest daughter of a family of 11--5 boys and 6 girls.
Lila graduated from New Myrnam High School in Myrnam, Alberta in June 1945. She attended Normal School (University of Alberta) in Edmonton for one year then received her Letter of Authority Teacher’s Certificate in 1946. She taught one year at King George School in Northern Valley, Alberta from September 1946-June 1947 with her brother, Peter Tym.
Lila met Bill Letniak June 9, 1941 while visiting her sister and brother-in-law, Marie and James Letniak who lived near Hemaruka, Alberta. She accepted his marriage proposal and they were engaged on April 29, 1947. They were married on July 13, 1947 in Beauvallon, Alberta. They lived on the farm located 14 miles south of Loyalist, Alberta for 57 years.
Lila taught at Freda School from 1949-1951 then from 1956-1959; Hemaruka School from 1961 – 1967 Grades 4 & 6 and finally at Consort School from September 1967- June 1984 Grades 2 & 3 and Grade 5.She retired in 1984 after 25 years of service for the Neutral Hills School Division.
Lila and Bill were blessed with two children- Lennard in August 1948 and Audrey in June 1954. Audrey became a registered nurse and retired after 40 years of service to Alberta Health Services. She married Douglas Miller in March 1986 and they live in Red Deer, Alberta.
Lila loved Jesus and liked to read religious and other books and study her Bible daily. She was an active member of the Loyalist SDA Church and served as teacher for children’s division of Sabbath School and was a church pianist until she sold and moved from the farm in 2005.
Lila moved to Royal Oak Village in Lacombe, Alberta on July 3, 2005 then to assisted living at Royal Oak Manor in 2011 when she was diagnosed with early dementia. Audrey and Doug moved her to Maple Cottage in Red Deer, Alberta on October 25, 2016. She had a major stroke on November 26, 2018. After a brief hospital stay at Red Regional Hospital Centre, she returned to Maple Cottage and was lovingly cared for until her passing on November 1, 2019. She was 94 years old.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Audrey (Doug) Miller of Red Deer, Alberta; one brother, Bill Tym of Denair, California; two sisters, Ruth (George) Phillips of Walla Walla, Washington and Josephine (Lovyl) Marian of Edmonton & Sherwood Park, Alberta; one sister-in-law and dear friend, Elizabeth Tym of Lacombe, Alberta; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased her parents, Steve and Pearl Tym; brothers, Mike, Sam, Peter and Alex Tym; sisters Esther Polishuk, Sophie Norhton and Marie Letniak; son Lennard in 1991, husband Bill in 2004, nephew Mervyn Letniak, sister-in-law Susan Letniak and two brothers-in-law Andrew and James Letniak.
Lila now rests secure in the Blessed Hope that we have - that when Jesus comes again, all things will be made new.
Her unconditional love, smiles and dauntless spirit will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Lila’s life will take place on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in at the Lacombe Community SDA Church located at 5804-45 Ave in Lacombe, Alberta.
Light lunch and refreshments will be served in the church basement following the service.
Lila will be laid to rest in the family plot at Lake Road Cemetery (north of Consort) at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019 following a private interment service.
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