Lillian Elora Adamson

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Lillian Elora Adamson (nee Clapp)


With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Lillian at the age of 90 at St. Boniface Hospital on June 1st, 2019.

Lil was born in Edmonton, Alberta and spent the first eleven years of her life at her family’s homestead in the Mayerthorpe area. Her mother, Elora Beach, moved to Alberta from Quebec with her family in 1919. There she met Arnold Clapp who was originally from Trenton, Ontario and came out west to homestead. They married in 1928 and had four children Lillian, Muriel, Ken and Stan.

The years on the homestead were very formative for Lillian and her siblings. They grew up listening to hunting stories about bear and moose, picking berries, gardening and treating their many farm animals as pets. In 1940 Lil’s mother insisted that the family move to Ponoka, Alberta so the children could receive proper schooling. Until then Elora had taught the children through correspondence lessons. While in Ponoka, Lil worked as a candy striper at the hospital. Lil was artistically inclined and in 1952 she earned a Commercial Art Certificate from the Calgary Institute of Technology and Art. She further pursued her passion for art by studying at the École de Beaux Arts in Paris, France. Lil worked in the field of commercial art from 1952-1961.

While taking an artist workshop in Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, Lil met Arthur Adamson of Winnipeg. The two were married in 1958, settled in Winnipeg, and had four children: Alan, Frances, Patrick and Karen. The family spent many summers together at Victoria Beach. When the marriage ended in 1974, Lil went back to school and got her B.A. followed by her M.Ed. She worked as an elementary teacher from 1977-1993.

Lil had an active social life that revolved around ballroom dancing. While taking lessons, she met William (Bill) Crawley and they began a happy 23 year relationship together. Together they danced, canoed, cross-country skied, and travelled to numerous destinations. Lil became an important part of Bill’s family and is remembered fondly by his children Donna and Richard and his grandchildren.

During her retirement years Lil dedicated much of her time to painting. She loved painting landscapes and animals and was inspired by the Group of Seven. She was a member of the Manitoba Society of Artists and in recent years has been participating in a number of art shows. She was to have had her first solo art show this October at Warehouse Artworks on McDermot Ave. The family will proudly go forward with this show. In her last year, Lil was reacquainted with an old friend John (Jack) Parr. The two became very close and enjoyed concerts and movies together. Just days before Lil passed, she was still dancing, painting and spending time with her friend Jack and her family members. She truly did live a full life.

Remembering Lil and celebrating her life are her children Alan (Anita), Frances (Doug), Patrick (Christine) and Karen (Ernest); her grandchildren Elora, Paetra, Theo, Jumah, Catherine, Vivian; her sister Muriel; her brother Ken (Pat); and her nieces and nephews from Alberta and B.C.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 23rd from 2:30-4:30 at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens – 4000 Portage Ave.

Funeral Details

  • Celebration of Life

    Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

    Event Times:

    23-Jun-2019 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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Posted by Thomas Laycraft | 19-Aug-2019

My mom Lois Laycraft (nee Badgley) went to school with Lil in Ponoka. We had one of her paintings in our house. I just found a school memo book of my mom's. There is a drawing of a goat by Lil !! Mom passed in 2017. Sincerely, Thom Laycraft, Calgary

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Posted by Jack Parr | 16-Jun-2019

Lill (Lily Anne) was totally wonderful.

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