Lilian Meta Wight (Eason)

February 24, 1924 to February 24, 2021


A Celebration of Life will take place on October 16th, 2021, 10:30 AM at the Salvation Army Temple Corps, 101 Torbay Rd, St. John’s.

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Lily passed peacefully away on her 97th birthday after a full life filled with
love, grace, travel and family. She was predeceased by her husband, friend and
confidant of 52 years, N. Ray Wight. Mom was a young teacher when she met our
Dad then a school vice-principal. They loved to travel, spend weekends in their
trailer, garden, berry pick and attend concerts at the Arts and Cultural Center.
Mom was an accomplished pianist having learned to play at an early age from her
mother and instilled a love of music in each of us. Mom had a deep abiding and
quiet faith in God and prayed daily for her family. Her love, energy and concern
will be missed by her children; Marilyn Andrews (Lewis), Keith (Joan), Lorne
(Elaine) and Gerry (Ai Lien).  Mom and Dad were happiest spending time with
family and loved the noise and activity of their grand-children. Grandma’s 10
grandchildren will miss visits and encouraging chats with her; Brad (Nicholle),
Mark, Todd (Crystal), Kathryn (John), Julia, Melissa (Matt), Jennifer (Kyle),
Ryan (Remi), Natalie and Christine.  Her 13 great-grand children were cherished
by Lily and she lovingly wrote cards and knit Christmas gifts for each of them:
Maren, Teagan, Ethan, Lily, Kate, Luke, James, Lydia, Maeve, Noah, Kody, Alexa
and Shay. As a child of Salvation Army Officers she lived in 13 different
communities in Newfoundland growing up. Moving so much meant her best friends
were her siblings and as each one passed away, part of Mom diminished as well.
She was predeceased by her brothers Granville and Ernie and by her sisters Vida
Cummings, Faye Hiscock and Evelyn Pritchett. She is survived by her brother
Major Lloyd Eason (Ruth). For the past 20 years Mom spent considerable time with
her daughter, and best friend Marilyn, at church events, twacking, knitting and
chatting. Mom loved life and being active, her life was full and ended
surrounded with love and no regrets. The family is very appreciative of the
tremendous care and compassion shown our mother during her years at Kenny’s Pond
Retirement Residence. A Celebration of Life Service will take place at a future
date. In lieu of flowers a donation in the name of her grandson Mark Andrews,
can be made to L’Arche Avalon.



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Dear Marilyn, Lewis, and Family,

We were saddened to hear of Mrs. Wight’s passing. Her life was filled with good works and love. She will live on through her family. May your many happy memories remain green.

Jan and Gus

I had the pleasure of working with Lillian at the Reference Library in St John’s. She was a very kind and caring person,
who took a lot of pride in her work. I’m happy to learn that she continued to live a happy, long and productive life in retirement.

What wonderful and fitting tributes for such a beautiful lady. She will be remembered fondly by all who knew her and her late husband Ray. My sincere condolences.

Marilyn, Keith, Lorne, Gerry and families.

Our deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of your mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Aunt Lily was such a beautiful lady caring lady. One of my favorite thoughts when I think of Aunt Lily was that no matter where and when I saw her she always looked like she had just stepped out of a fashion magazine – always beautiful. She always had a smile and was such a very dear, soft spoken and considerate person. I remember her fondly from the times I visited her and Uncle Ray in St. John’s and also when the family came to Deer Lake when we were young. She treated us as one of her own. Her presence will be missed but she leaves us all with fond memories.

Love to all,

Joy and family, Halifax

Marilyn and Family

Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May God give you Strength and Grace each day. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Major Barb and Bill Pearce
Salvation Army Hospital Chaplains

Marilyn and the White family, my mother, Joan Penney, and I were very sorry to hear of Mrs. White’s passing. Ray and Lily were good friends of my parents, Joan and Cliff. In Bishop’s Falls and St. John’s. Ray was the master of ceremony at mom and dad’s wedding in 1958, and again at my wedding in 1983. Mom says Mr. White was the best teacher she ever had; that he made literature come alive. Mrs. White was always so gentle, kind and considerate, especially to mom most recently at Kenny’s Pond. Lily attended mom’s 80th birthday two years ago and there was much sharing of old memories. Hold onto your memories of your Mom.

To the Wight family.
My deepest sympathies on the “Promotion to Glory” of your mother/grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was my Grade 3 teacher and Brownie leader and we all loved her. We kept in touch infrequently over the years and were the recipient of hers and Ray’s hospitality many times. After we moved to Edmonton, whenever we visited St. John’s we always made contact. Usually at the Temple on Sunday mornings.
She was one of the most beautiful women, inside and out, that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Ada K. (Brown) Moyles

Sending sincere sympathy on the passing of Lily. Such a beautiful lady. May you know God’s comfort and peace in the days ahead. Remembering you in prayer. Special thoughts to Marilyn.
Audrey and Ray Rowe (Lieut. Colonels)

Marilyn & Lewis, the White family. Please accept our sincere condolences at this very sad time . We Under stand and feel your pain.. RIP Mrs. White..
Norma & Lloyd Wicks

To the Wight Family:
Our deepest condolences for the passing of your Mom. She was such a lovely lady. Sincere sympathy from your former neighbours at 39 Wexford Street – John, Steven, & Jane Anthony

Many happy memories of your mom (and dad). Evenings of Rook and beautiful dinners with our mutual friends – remember she used to put little flags on the food to tell us what we were eating! What a sweet gracious lady she was. Remembering you, the family at this time with love and prayers. We were fortunate to have met you all! A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady!

Marilyn, Keith, Lorne, and Gerry,
My sincere sympathy on the death of your Mom. When I read the obituary and saw the lovely picture of your Mom, a flood of wonderful memories came back. Our parents (all four teachers) were such great friends. I remember so many visits to your house on Wexford St. I can remember your Mom playing the piano. She was such a kind and gentle lady. A life well lived.
Our thoughts and prayers to you all at this time.
Doreen (Belbin) and Wilson Loveys

Keith, Marilyn, Lorne and Gerry and families:
Please accept our deepest sympathy on your Mom’s passing. She was always such a kind and thoughtful lady who always made us feel welcome. I enjoyed Aunt Lily’s Sunday dinners very much while I attended MUN.
A long life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Bruce and Donna King

Sorry to hear the passing of your mom. I have nice memories of your mom & dad, How they would pick me up from the Children’s Rehab Centre to take me to dinner, church or both.

I’m sorry we lost touch

Marilyn, Rose and I are remember Lily as a lady of grace and kindness, Our memories are of her; our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Marilyn Lewis and family, So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.. Condolences and sincere sympathy to you..

Marilyn, Keith, Lorne, Gerry and families
So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, but what a wonderful life lived! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Donna and Derrick

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You were so fortunate to have her in your life for so long. Cherish your memories of her.

A lovely tribute. She was all this and more! Love to all.

Marilyn ,Lewis and family:; Merv and I are so sorry for the passing of your wonderful mom . She was the. Very first person to welcome us to Kenny’s Pond and always acknowledge us with her beautiful smile
I wish you could hear all the wonderful comments
From both staff and residents when they learn of “our
connection “. My regret is that I never had the opportunity to spend more time getting to know such an exceptional woman! You all have been truly blessed to have had her in your lives for so long and have all your memories

Marilyn, Lewis and family,

Jim and I send our sincere condolences on the death of your mother, Lillian. Although we didn’t know her, she leaves a wonderful legacy in her family and friends.
You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

To Lily’s family: Len and I are deeply saddened to learn of Lily’s passing and we send our heartfelt condolences to all of you. We are so sorry that it is not possible for everyone to be here at this time, but we are thinking of you and praying that even from a distance you will feel the love that is being sent across the miles. We knew both your parents well and spent many happy times with them during our earlier years. Lily was a special person, the epitome of grace. The warmth of her personality even shines forth from the beautiful photo above. I was just going through some things I had kept over the years. wondering how much I could throw away and I came across a thank you card she had sent to me following a visit I had paid to Ray when he was in hospital (Oct. 30, 2000). That was a tangible testament to her kindness and thoughtfulness.
As you recall your mother’s fulfilling life may you find comfort in the remarkable legacy of love she leaves behind. and journey on with courage as she would have you do. God bless you.

Hi Keith, Marilyn, Lorne and Gerry:

So saddened to hear about Aunt Lilly’s passing. my thoughts are with you and your families. I have great memories of you mom and dads from my childhood. I did get a chance a few years ago to relate to her (much to her surprise) something that she did for us as kids that she didn’t even remember doing until I thanked her as a 50 something man. You mom would send large boxes of books to us that she retrieved form the Gosling Memorial Library in ST. Johns … Might have seemed like a small kindness to Aunt Lilly but it meant the world to a younger me( and me now). I would look forward to those books like it was Christmas. I can honestly say that she kind deed had a profound impact on my reading ability and I still read myself to sleep at 57. You guys may not be aware of this and I thought I should make sure you got to hear about it. I got to thank her in person at the Service of the passing of another great Lady (Aunt Mel Barnes) a few years back.

Love and great thoughts be with you all.
Thanks again Aunt Lilly

Carl King
Fort McMurray, AB

Keith Marilyn Lorne and Gerry and families. So sad to hear of your mother’s passing but so happy to reflect on the very long fruitful life, memories and legacy she leaves behind. As I read her obituary, I remember back to the days when I first met Ray and Lilian, some 50+ years ago when Ray became the CO of 515 North Atlantic Air Cadet Squadron. We had many happy years working together in the Air Cadet Movement. Ray was a true mentor and always meticulous in every thing he did. Your mother was there at his side every step of the way. We are all much better off having the pleasure of knowing them both.

Marilyn, I was saddened to hear your mother passed away. Lily was a graceful, affectionate and compassionate lady. I had fond memories of her at our lady’s lunch group. I enjoyed her talking about knitting. I admired your mother-daughter relationship – the life long best friends.
My deepest condolence to you and your family.

Marilyn so sorry to hear off your mother’s passing i know u will miss her. my prayer are with you at this time.

Beautiful lady , beautiful life .
God Bless .

Marilyn, Lewis and family. So sorry to read about the death of your Mom. She sounds like a wonderful person. I am sure she will be missed by all but also left you with many wonderful memories to sustain you.
The grief passes but the joy of her life will always remain.
Godspeed. Sincerely, Janet

Marilyn. So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a beautiful, graceful lady. We are sending our condolences to you and your family and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers in these difficult days.

Marilyn, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I will always remember her smile and loving nature. I am so glad I was able to speak with her on our last visit home. Her love of life, her family, and her friends was always so evident in my interactions with her. She was liked and loved by so many. Dave and I will keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers during these days. Love, Joan & Dave

Dear Wight Families,

Mom & I would like to convey our sincere condolences on the passing of your wonderful Mom. Our neighbourly friendship was fostered through your friendly 4 legged pet, Jet, and we greatly enjoyed his company for many wonderful years. She will be greatly missed.

With lots of love from #31 Wexford

Judy & Lois Follett

My condolences Marilyn, Lewis, and Mark. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Corriene Murphy (Lorraine’s sister)

So sad to hear of Mrs.Wight’s passing. She was our fantastic neighbour for more than 25 years, her and Mr.Wight would invite our children over to play in their backyard swing, let them play hockey in their driveway, and always had a hug and a kind word for them. We have such fond memories of them both and miss them dearly. Deepest condolences to the family.

Marilyn, Lewis & family::
So sorry to hear of your Moms passing. She was such a gracious lady . Always with a smile. Be assured of our thoughts and prayers.

Harry and Meta Elliott

Dear Marilyn and family. I have such strong memories of your mom. She was always such a lady. She was kind, thoughtful and compassionate. I am thinking of you at this time.

Dear Keith Marilyn Lorne and Gerry and families:
Please accept my deepest sympathy on your Mom’s passing.
97 is a grand age and she lived a full life.
Aunt Lily was good to us and always a part of our lives growing up as was your Dad, the illustrious N Ray.
Whether in Bishops Falls when you lived there or in St. John’s for that period too.
Great laughs at your Wexford dining room dinner table on Sunday evenings years ago when I went to MUN. Always enjoyed them!
The lads would be playing wild pingpong in the basement, and then come up in time to hear your affable, ever the host, Father hold court as we sat in for a fine dinner.
We usually chatted about everything, but sooner or later, we turned it into a comedy hour with SA Humour and Testimony gems revisited, or Education humour, and Tales from the Classroom, or Many Characters Imitated humour or Lewis being asked to rule by N Ray on the latest legal brief.
Your Dad and Mom loved to laugh, and of course we lived to laugh those days, and there was always a nice feeling coming to break bread with you all.
In the winter there was always a roaring fire going with the birch junks, hissing and spitting, and VOAR or was it VOWR? turned on with the hymns serenading us as we chatted and reminisced during supper,as the winter darkness enveloped us.
Both your folks came to support us when Mom passed away in 1994 and we deeply appreciated that blessing and their spiritual camaraderie.
Many good dinners and lunches were had there at 43 Wexford, and great memories come back to me, which are now dear to us all.
Brings a smile to my face always.
I will always remember your Mother interjecting her wry editorial comments and grinning at us, as we sat sometimes for a lunch with tea toast homemade jam and cheese, and Keith would pass the plate around with the last half toast and if you tried to take it, he swiftly withdrew it and we’d all laugh hysterically.
Yes Aunt Lily loved to have a crowd around and the spirit of family always prevailed.
Will never forget it.
Yes sir,everyone of us,including your parents, trying to be a comedian.
Lots of laughs and fellowship at Wexford.
God Love Your Mother and God Bless You All in your hour of sorrow.
Aunt Lily was a gentle soul with a easy smile and laugh, and always made you feel welcome and one of the family.
God Bless her life and caring spirit.
We shall meet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore…..
Take care of each other now , and her spirit will live on in each one of us.
We were fortunate, like knowing our Mother too, to have known her so well.
As sisters they always made an effort to connect and share good times with the families.
Glad of that.
God Bless you all.
Cousin Frank.

To the Wight family.
So very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a beautiful lady with a beautiful smile. I will always remember the chats we had when we ran into each other. We always talked about our families and Wexford St.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sincerely, the Osmond family, Hazel, Karen, Bert & Byron

Dear Marilyn, Lewis and family.
Peggy and I offer our sincerest condolences to you on the passing of Lillian. Lillian reached a good age. Her legacy is her fine family which she so strongly supported. Lillian lived a fullfilling and christian life as reflected in her children. Our thoughts are with you all.

Sincerely Peggy and Ernie

Dear Gerry, So sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. She was such a gentle soul and such a dear friend to my parents. My last memory of your mother was a few short years ago, when upon a return trip to Newfoundland, I sat next to her at the St. John’s Temple Corps. We had a wonderful conversation before and after the service. Thinking of you and family at this time. What a wonderful legacy she has left behind.

Sincere condolences to Lilly’s family! I have fond memories of Lilly and Ray visiting uncle Will in Manuels! God bless you all at this difficult time. Jackie (Eason) Stanley

My sincerest and deepest condolences on the passing of your beautiful Mother, she is now with your Dad, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time, I know you will miss her so much..she is now in heaven looking down on you..
May her gentle soul rest in peace
God Bless ..Joanie

Marilyn and Family…I am so saddened to hear of the passing of your mom. I met her at Linda’s Birthday Lunch group and she was a joy to be around. Always so pleasant and beautiful. I know you will miss her dearly and I’m thinking of you at this sad time. My deepest condolences to you all in the loss of your mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Donna Maidment

Sincere condolences on the loss of this lovely lady. She and my mom (Beulah ) were close friends , especially during their youth..
You are all in my thoughts.
Kathy Collins

We are all saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved mother and grandmother Lilian. Our deepest condolences to you all. We are holding you all in our thoughts and prayers. May your mother and grandmother rest in peace.

To Marilyn and Family, I am so sad to hear of your Mom’s passing a wonderful Lady I remember her and your father fondly. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

To the Wight family, I was so sorry to read of the passing of Mrs. Wight. I worked at NLTA (NTA) with Mr. Wight and enjoyed times spent with Mrs. Wight during our social events at the office. In later years whenever I saw her we would always have a chat. She was a lovely lady. (We were actually born on the same day.)
My deepest sympathy to the family.

To all the family, I’m so sorry to hear of Mrs. Wight’s passing. Grandma was such a wonderful lady. She always had a big smile. She certainly knew how to make you feel loved. May she rest in peace.

Dear Gerry.
We , in Viet Nam, were very sad to hear your mother having left this world. We would like to express our deepest condolescences to you and your big family for the loss you of your greatest, wonderful and beautiful mother. We hear a lot of lovely and beautiful stories about you Mom that Ai Lien often shared happily and gratefully to us that made us also felt in love with her., wishing if we could have a chance to meet her in person. My mother still cherishes good memories and admiration she had with your mother when they met up meeting during her visit to Canada in the past. We pray for your Mom, Mrs. Lilian Meta Wight (Eason) will rest peacefully in the Enternal Heaven of God. We thank her so much for having you, and giving you to us as a wonderful husband to Ai Lien and a good son/ bother-in- laws to our family.
With all of our respects to Mrs. Lilian Meta Wight and all of our love to you Gerry, Ai Lien, Natalie, Christine and the big Wight family over there! May all the greatest and beautiful memories of Mrs. Mrs. Lilian Meta Wight will give you and your big family the power and guidance to go through thid difficult time!

Dear Gerry,
We are terribly sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. May our condolences bring you peace during this painful time.

Dear Gerry,
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Just want to send my condolences to you and your family, we will pray for her and hope that you all would overcome this big loss!
Deep symphathy!!
Ai Thu Ton Nu , Khac Tien Dat Le and family

Please accept my deepest condolences on the death of Mrs Lillian. from Nhan (Ai Lien’s niece from VietNam)

sincere sympathy you were so fortunate to have your beautiful mom in your lives for so long. we were life long friends, living close we often sat and chatted
on the benches of Kenny’s pond

My Very Deepest Condolences to you all on the loss of your Mother,such A Beautiful Woman with a Beautiful soul, I shall remember you with Happy thoughts,may your Treasured Memories help guide you through this time.

Mary Sutton-Housekeeper

Marilyn & family,

So sorry about about your mother, She was such an inspiration to me, always smiling and had a kind word to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Beverley & Lorne Thompson.

My condolences to all the family on the loss of your mom. May your beautiful memories bring comfort at this time.

Marilyn and family
Sorry to about your mother’s passing. Our thoughts are with you
Derek and Susan Green

So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing
Our deepest condolences to you and your family.