Lila Marlene Compeau was born on December 28, 1936 in Olds, Alberta to Caroline & Edward Cullum. In 1940 the family moved to Forest Lawn, which is now a part of Calgary. In 1947 they moved to Grinrod, BC where she went to elementary school. The family had horses and Lila would love to ride them whenever she got the chance. Shortly after that the family moved to Enderby BC where she went to junior and senior high school. In 1948 the family moved to Vernon BC. At the age of 15 she went to work in Alice’s restaurant as a waitress. She loved to play baseball and was on a team. She also loved to go skate on the out-door skating rinks. She next went to work at Casteneau Real Estate where she worked in the office. At the age of 19 she met her first husband William Kazimirchuk at a local dance. In 1958 they were married. Shortly after that came their first child, Linda Gay born January 12, 1959. June 16, 1961 came the birth of their second child Trevor James. As a couple they loved to play music and they played in a family band called the Corn Huskers. Lila’s instrument of choice was the base fiddle which was about the same size as she was. Later she switched to the base guitar. In the fall of 1961 they moved to Alexandria for a short time before moving to Leonard’s Trailer park on 2 mile flat in Quesnel where they lived for three years. In 1965 they bought and cleared property on Scott road in Quesnel where they set-up their trailers. Lila and her mom Caroline loved to work in their garden and always had a garden big enough to feed the whole family (friends, relatives etc.) Lila was a very family oriented person, her family always came first! She also raised chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows, she even had milk cows for a time. In the fall Lila & Carrie would be found canning or freezing their garden riches. Always ensuring that none of the family would go hungry. Lila was a home body staying home looking after the family until 1972 when she went to work at
Eaton’s as Supervisor. It was there that she met Wallace Compeau. In 1976 the Eaton’s store in Quesnel closed. She then worked for Fowlers Moving and Storage for two years. Wally had two children of his own, John Wallace and Sharon Louise. Soon after they had two more children, first Robert Edward on November 4, 1975 and Lloyd James on June 7, 1978. Lila was an active member of the Royal Purple Lodge for approximately 40 years and a big part of her life was spent helping out with various activities. Whether it was selling raffle tickets or catering for the Lodge, she was always in it up to her elbows always giving 110 percent. In her later years most of her time was spent looking after her family. First her father Edward, then her mother Caroline and lastly her husband Wallace. Always thinking of the family first and not allowing herself to worry about her own health problems. Lila passed away peacefully on October 20, 2007 in Edson, Alberta. Lila will be sadly missed by her family and friends and will be remembered as the one who was always there, for support, for guidance, for friendship and most of all for love!! Lila is predeceased by her parents Edward and Caroline Cullum, her husband Wallace E Compeau. Lila will be sadly missed by her sons Trevor (Sheila), Robert (Sue), Lloyd (Vanessa), John (Caron), daughters Linda (Larry), Sharon (Gerry) grandchildren Lance (Britanie), Alysha, Amanda, Rebecca, Brandon, Montana, Alex, Shanice, Brook. Brothers Carl (Mary) Cullum and Walter Cullum, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.