Florence Lench Tilley (King)

February 12, 1922 to August 21, 2020


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Florence Lench Tilley (King), passed away on August 21, 2020 at the Health Sciences Centre, at the age of 98.

She was predeceased by her parents, Bernard and Lydia May King of Bauline, and her brother and three sisters, Leslie, Olive, Gwen and Mabel. Also predeceased by her loving and cherished husband Edwin, after 55 years of marriage.

She is survived by her sons Glenn (Gertrude) and Gerry (Anne), granddaughters Michelle (Doug) and Allison (Jason), four great-grandsons, Jack, Josh, Jared and Ben, as well as a number of nieces, nephews and friends, including the staff and residents of Ruby Manor Retirement Home in St. John’s where she lived for six years.

Florence trained as a teacher and taught in small Newfoundland communities. In later years, she worked at Birk’s & Sons, and thoroughly enjoyed meeting the public. She could play the organ by ear and loved to play gospel hymns, which were a large part of her faith and sustained her throughout her lifetime. A kind and gentle soul, she loved simple pleasures – berry picking, her garden, winter “boil-ups” in the woods, looking after her home, including whipping up a pie or cookies in a few minutes.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no visitation and a private funeral service will be held.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to The Hospital Health Care Foundation, or a charity of one’s choice.


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I was out of town and just got the message Glen. What a wonderful life. So happy you had her for so long. Please accept my sincere condolences.

So very sorry to read of your mother’s passing. We remember her well ‘such a beautiful lady’,and we lived across the street from you many years and played many games of cards. Our deepest condolences to you both & your families.
Grace & John Crewe.

Gerry and Glen, Very sorry to read of your mother’s passing. While it has been many moons since I last saw her, I always found her a kind and gentle person as I did your father.

Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our condolences to you at this time.

Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful person as was your Dad. It it a pleasure are families are still connected. I cherish the memories of spending summers with your wonderful Grandparents in Hant’s Harbour. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sandra ( Green ) Whalen
Gerry Whalen and family

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing Gerry.
I hope that you have lots of good memories,and that they will sustain you during this difficult time.
You are blessed to have Anne,by your side.

My Deepest sympathies to you all. I always enjoyed my chats with Mrs. Tilley while she was a resident of Ruby Manor, she always had a beautiful smile on her face that lit up the room, and such a beautiful laugh. She will surely be missed but never forgotten.
R.I.P Mrs. Tilley

To the Tilley Family.

My deepest sympathies to you all on the passing of your dear Mother. She was my first school teacher in Bauline and a wonderful teacher she was. She also became a friend. I went to school with her brother, Leslie King and he and I graduated together. When her father, Bernard King, who we all affectionately knew in Bauline as Uncle Bern passed, my father, Albert LeGrow took his place as the Lay Reader in the United Church in Bauline. Our families were connected over the years through school, church and the Orange Lodge, which my Father and Uncle Bern were members. I have lots of wonderful memories of the King family.
Hold the memories of your Mom close to your heart. May she rest in peace.

Gerry,, Glen and families.

Your Mom was such a sincere , caring , and gentle woman. My childhood memories are of the Sunday evening sing songs at our home in Hants Harbour with Florine at the pump organ. The laughter and chatter was abundant between the hymns.
It has been a few years since I have seen your Mom but someone in the fami,ly always kept me up to date. Cherish your wonderful memories .

Marilyn (Janes) Fleming

Glenn and Gerry, So sorry to hear of Aunt Florrie’s passing. I have many fond memories of both her and Uncle Ed growing up. Would love our visits with them and our many laughs over the years. The smell of homemade bread always reminds me of her. Our condolences are with you and your families today.

Glen and Gert, we wanted to send our condolences on the passing of your Mother. She was an awesome lady.

Gerry and Anne and Allison and Michelle and family. We were so sorry to hear of the passing of you Mom/mother-in-law/ grandmother.. She was a quiet, gentle, strong,, and loving lady. We always enjoyed our time with her very much. Thinking of you always.

Gerry and Glen,

Condolences on your mom’s passing. I have fond memories of Aunt Florrie.

Our sincere sympathies to Glenn and family on the occasion of Mrs. Tilley’s passing. She was a gracious lady.

Marvin and Jennifer Barnes

Gerry, Glenn & family,

I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and a great friend to Mom and Dad. I have many fond memories of Morris Avenue and our families close relationship.. I wish I could visit and spend a few minutes reminiscing.. Your are in my thoughts and prayers.

To Gerry, Glen and families. Roy and I are sorry to hear of Aunt Florrie’s passing.. We have many fond memories of her. She and Uncle Ed were always a big part of our life growing up.. Our thoughts. Will be with you today..

Glenn, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My condolences to you and your family.

Wayne Green

Glenn and Gerry,

So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

— Paul

Glen Gert and family we are saddened to hear the passing of your beautiful Mom. Thinking of you and sending hugs and prayers.

Dear Family,

I wish to send my deepest condolences on the passing of Florence, after reading your sad news.
I worked with Mrs. Tilley at Birks – she was a delightful lady and it was wonderful having her as a great role model.
I send love, hugs, and prayers at this difficult time. Please know that I am thinking of you.

Glen and all of, the family. Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother..

To Glen & Gerry Tilley & Family
So sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. I am presently in Nova Scotia visiting my grandchildren and their parents. Your grandparents, the Kings, were staunch supporters of the Bible Society when I was C.E.O. and I have been visiting your mother ever since she became a resident of Ruby Manor. We shared many conversations and prayers together through the years and I know we will meet again. Be assured of our thoughts and and prayers as you lay her to rest.
(Rev.)Gerald Benson

Glenn & Gerry& families. So sorry to hear your precious sweet Mom has passed. I got to know your Mom at Ruby Manor while my Dad, Doug Payne resided there from 2017-2019& while My Parents in Law resided at Ruby Manor. I loved when your Mom would sit for a long time playing the piano at Ruby Manor & my Dad & I would sit & listen to your Mom’s hymn playing. I also loved when your Mom played the piano for us during Church Services at Ruby Manor. As you know your Mom is so gentle & kind. She will be missed. God Bless you all & now your Mom & Dad are reunited for eternity. Karen Hodder

Glenn, Gert and family., Please accept our sincere condolrnces on the loss of your dear mother. May your many happy memories help you through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs dear friends.

Nola and Paul Murphy

Sorry to hear of the Passing of your mom Glenn, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and Gert and your family in your time of Sadness. Wish we were there to support in your grief. Love from Jim And MaryLou Sweetapple Berwick, Nova Scotia