Betty Rowena (nee Coles) Tilley

July 27, 1934 to November 13, 2016



Passed away on November 13th, 2016 at the Bonnews Lodge nursing home, Betty Rowena (Coles) Tilley (b. July 27th, 1934 in Elliston, NL), currently of Wesleyville, NL.


She was predeceased by her husband, Clarence Roy Tilley, father, Wilfred Coles, mother Genevra (Spencer) Coles and brother Spencer Coles.


She is leaving to mourn her daughter Brenda Miller and husband Ken, daughter Barbara Nichols, and grandchildren, Leah Nichols, Justin Miller, and Shellsea Nichols, as well as brother Donald Coles (Ann), brother-in-law Gerald Tilley (Marion), sister-in-law Audrey Tilley, brother-in-law Doug Tilley (Gertie) and many nieces and nephews.


Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Monday, November 21st from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, November 22nd, at 2 p.m.


Betty was known for her welcoming attitude and her ability to make friends wherever she was, and also for her musical talents. She has taught piano lessons, over the years, to many students and played organ in several churches as well as sang in several church choirs. In retirement, her move to Hudson’s Hope, BC and subsequent move back to NL, enabled her to touch the lives of many. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends across Canada.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.



2-4 p.m. on November 21, 2016

7-9 p.m. on November 21, 2016

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Tuesday November 22nd

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Dear Brenda and Barbie, I am so sad and sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She was a sweet woman and I have fond memories of her when we grew up together on Roland Drive. I will remember her in my prayers. Katrina Chaytor

To Brenda and Barbara and families. I am very saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. While living on Roland Drive, Mount Pearl our parents became neighbors and enduring friends and I have fond memories of both of you. My sincere condolences to everyone. Lois