In Memory Of


Lillian Marie Gauthier

Jul 7, 1930 - Aug 8, 2021


Wednesday, August 25, 2021
1:00 pm
A funeral mass in celebration of Lillian’s life will be held at St. Matthew Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 25th, at 1pm with Fr. Leon Kler officiating.


Mount Calvery Cemetery, Red Deer, Alberta


Interment will be held at a future date.


Lillian Marie Gauthier (nee Dufour)


Lillian Gauthier passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 8th, 2021, at the age of 91, with loved ones by her side.

Born to Samuel Ernest Dufour and Beatrice Dufour (nee Ollson) on July 7th, 1930. Lillian was the second youngest of six children and was also the last surviving sibling.

Lillian was born in Ottawa, where she and her family resided until moving to Quebec City at the age of 10.

As a young adult of 17, Lillian decided to seek out adventure and moved to Montreal where she met the love of her life while working for Shell Canada. Although she spoke English, and her soon to be husband only spoke French, they managed to communicate very well, and on May 7th, 1954, she married Pierre. They were married for nearly 63 years before his passing in 2017.

During their beautiful life together, they had four children who were all born in Montreal.

Her husband’s work with Air Canada took them to Riverview, N.B. in 1972, where they resided until their retirement in 1984.

Once retired, they moved west to Kelowna, and then Vernon, B.C. and in 2000 they moved to Red Deer, AB to be closer to family.

In 2017, they moved to Rocky Mountain House, AB where they lived at the Westview Lodge and then Park Avenue.

Lillian is survived by her children Philip (Linda) Gauthier, Lorraine (Gary) Whelen, and Joanne (Gordon) McCrindle, her grandchildren Adele (Adam) Hamilton, Matthew Whelen, Corey Whelen, Jay Gauthier (Erin Dul), Aimee Gauthier, Jordan (Jessy) McCrindle, and Curtis (Chelsey) McCrindle.

She is also survived by great grandchildren Nash, Elodie, Frances, Peter, Maddyn, Marleau, Eliza, Stella and Nora.

Lillian was predeceased by her husband, her parents and siblings, by her son Michael James Gauthier, and by her great grandson, Cullen James McCrindle.

Lillian had a zest for life and always lived life to the fullest.

She had a smile that would light up any room, and a sense of humour that was always appreciated. She enjoyed many lifelong friendships with dear friends all across Canada.

She was loyal, dedicated and always demonstrated honesty, generosity, and great values. Lillian and husband Pierre had a good life. They loved to travel, and their adventures took them to many destinations all around the world.

Lillian volunteered for many organizations including CWL, Brownies, and Guides and could always be found donating quilts, food and clothing to the less fortunate.

Lillian also enjoyed camping, hiking, skiing, quilting, sewing, reading, and papa’s wine, but most of all, she enjoyed spending precious time with her family whom she loved very much.

Lillian will be greatly missed but always remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Park Avenue for their friendship and special care for our mother.

A funeral mass in celebration of Lillian’s life will be held at St. Matthew Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 25th, at 1pm with Fr. Leon Kler officiating.

Interment will be held at a future date.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium have been entrusted with the arrangements.


Leona Watson:

What an achievement of living a life full of joy and love. I feel blessed to have made many memories with Lillian & Pierre in Red Deer. My sincerest condolences! Xo

Philip & Lucille Richard:

Our heartfelt condolences to the family, Philip, Joanne and Lorraine and families and also the late Michael's family. Lillian was a good friend ,always joyful and so full of energy. In their home she and Pierre were the perfect hosts. We had the pleasure of taking a cruise to Alaska with them, one we will cherish forever. She was always in our thoughts and prayers even when we could not visit her. She will be missed.

Crystal, Greg and Mike Sugden:

We were so lucky to be included in numerous family gatherings with Lil and Pete at Lorraine and Gary’s home. What lively conversation and scrabble games! We also participated in a fundraiser walk with Lil a few years ago. She was the oldest participant, I believe she was 85 or 86 years young. The course was a dirt forest path with lots of roots and uneven ground. I mistakenly assumed Lil would need an occasional steadying arm. No way, she navigated the course with ease and was somewhat annoyed we had taken the shorter 5 km walk, rather then the 10. What an inspiration your Mom was!

Paul and Barbara Boulanger:

In the early years of our marriage we were privileged to share Thanksgiving with Uncle Pete and Auntie Lillian in Coldstream and Whistler and loved their joie de vivre! We are so appreciative of all the times they allowed us to participate in family gatherings and share the wine, lol! Our condolences to you - she will be missed!

Janet & Brian Aspinall:

Deepest Sympathy to the whole family. I remember Auntie Lillian as caring, kind and full of life. She will be missed.

Phyllis Carson :

I would like to offer my deepest condolences to all the family. I had the pleasure of working with Lil and Pete when they bought their condo in Riverview and again selling it when they left. They were wonderful people and a joy to work with.

Claire Boulanger and Andrew Griffiths :

We are sending our love and deepest condolences on the passing of Auntie Lilian. We wish we could be there to support you in this difficult time. We will always remember the lovely times through the years.

Ethel Nicholls/snell:

My deepest sympathies to the Gauthier husband was at park Ave and I volunteer there and I got to know Lillian what a great lady , I called her the little one , my thoughts and prayers go to you all she was such a wonderful person , and I know she will be missed a lot

Ernie and Lorraine murias:

Our deepest condolences to the Gauthier family. We loved Lillian, the sparkle in her eye, many great visits in the Westview Lodge and later in Park avenue. A beautiful little lady. We will miss her. Enjoy and treasure your wonderful memories of your mom!

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