McAndrew, Olive Heather

(nee Lilwall)

November 1921 ~ October 2015

Heather was born in Lenore, Manitoba, November 13, 1921, and left us on October 18,2015,just a few weeks short of her 94th birthday.  She grew up on a dairy farm in Battleford, Saskatchewan, with her 3 brothers and one sister.  Heather loved to play hockey and was actually a talented goalie on a top women’s team.    She married Lawrence Long before he left for WWII and after the war, the couple moved to White Rock to join Heather’s parents who had retired there.  Heather had 3 children—Vivian, Laurie, and Greg. 

Years later, Heather and Larry divorced.  Heather went on to have a successful real estate career and was one of the first women in the area to be both a salesman and an agent.   Heather was predeceased by her parents, Ella and William Lilwall; her husbands Larry Long, Jack McAndrew, and Joe Doncaster; brothers Christopher, Henry, and David; sister Una; sisters-in-law May and Anne; nephew Christopher; and her beloved only son, Greg.

She leaves behind her daughters, Vivian and Laurie; daughter-in-law Donna; grandsons Sean, Marty, and Joe (Karen); great grandchildren Raine, Victoria, and Leila; and many nieces and nephews.

Heather had a long and full life.  She had many interests especially Kenny Rogers’ music, the Blue Jays, B.C. Lions, the Canucks, and her precious Persian cat.  In her final years her biggest joy was her great grandchildren. She was very pleased that 2 of the 3 of them were playing hockey.(Leila is still too young.)  Their photographs surrounded her when she died.

Many thanks to Dr. Nielsen, Cindy Cameron, and the wonderful staff of Wexford Creek long term care facility in Nanaimo who cared for “G.G.” in her last years.

A Celebration of Life will be held November 15 from 1 -4 at the small clubhouse, Park Drive, Breakaway Bays Mobile Home Park, 1840 – 160th St. Surrey, B.C. (Persons with mobility issues please park right by the clubhouse on Park Dr.  All others please park by the large clubhouse (near 160th entrance) and follow the path to the right until you reach the smaller clubhouse.) Interment will follow on November 16th at 1 p.m. at Surrey Centre Cemetery.

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