Lilian Cornell

August 21, 1904January 11, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lilian Cornell, late of North Battleford, on January 11, 2016 at the age of 111 years. Lilian was born on August 21, 1904 at Leverton, Lincolnshire, England.She was the oldest living Canadian since April 2015.

Lilian will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Lou Elaine Tait of Metinota, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her brother-in-law Charles William East Harvey in 1968, her husband Howard Stanley Cornell in 1977, sister Edith Florence Harvey in 1989, eldest grandson Richard George Tait in 2000, and son-in-law William Andrew Tait in 2008.

Her long life will be celebrated by family and friends in a memorial at 2 PM on Saturday July 9th, 2016 at the Meota Cemetery, she will be laid to rest with her husband Howard.

The family has placed their trust with Kristeen Thiessen of Sallows and McDonald - Wilson and Zehner Funeral Home, North Battleford. (306) 445-2418.


  • Memorial

    Saturday, July 9, 2016


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Susan McAfee

March 28, 2016

So sorry to hear of your mothers passing.
The loss of a great Lady!

Brenda (Soloy) Kotylak

January 22, 2016

To Lou and Family , We were sad to hear of your Mothers passing . What a remarkable woman. It was an honour to know her. When my Mother Minnie Soloy moved to BC her and Lilian wrote letters and cards back and forth or talked on the phone. It was nice they were able to keep in contact after being neighbors and friends for so many years. I remember when Murial,Minnie, Lilian and Lil Coates would get together for tea, "I can see them still"
Having a visit for sure. May God Bless them all.
You are in my thoughts and prayers

Joanne Tatchell

January 19, 2016

To the Tait condolences on the loss of your mother, grandmother. She has left a great legacy...being the oldest Canadian...and I am blessed to have known her.

January 18, 2016

To Lou and condolences. My Dad Elliott Coates and I lived next to the Cornell's in the early sixties, they were great neighbours. Lil was a wonderful, amazing lady. Lynda Coates ...Kamloops, B.C.

Deb Ambrosi

January 17, 2016

I have lots of wonderful memories of my Grandma Lil Coates taking me over to Lil's for a visit!! Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.

Santiago Garcia

January 17, 2016

My sincere condolences do the Doyenne of Canada...But actually she's the oldest living Canadian since 13 November 2015, with the passing of Marguerite Wabano, an amerindian woman.

Laurel Coates-McConnell

January 16, 2016

Sad to hear this lovely lady has passed on. I'm sure she is having a great visit with my grandma Lil Coates over a cup of tea. Big hugs to her family love from the Laurel Coates-McConnell family.

Pat Hoey

January 14, 2016

My sincere condolences to the family she was a wonderful lady my thoughts and prayers are with you