POPE, Lila E. (née Stevens) of Sudbury, ON

POPE, LilaIn celebration of the life of Lila E. Pope (née Stevens), who died on February 11th, 2014, in her 84th year. Lila was born in Restoule, Ontario, on July 20th, 1930, to Hollister and Anna Stevens (née Ghael). She spoke often and fondly of her siblings, Alfred (Eleanor), Manford, Jean (Joseph), and her special sister-in-law Lauria Stevens (née Robineau), all pre-deceased. But the story as she told it really begins when she met Lawrence Allan (Larry) Pope (also predeceased) in Sudbury in 1956. They married that same year. He was, without a doubt, the love of her life. Shortly after they were married, Robert Allan (Rusty) came along, and then Tracy Aileen. Her love for her children was limitless. But they weren’t the whole of her brood. Over the years, Lila mothered her nieces and nephews by turns, and thought always of them. She’ll no doubt be missed by Kim Stevens (Karin), Jill Stevens (Nando), Shawn Stevens (Carol), Céline Stevens, Kenneth Evans (Denise), Jeffrey Evans and Gregory Evans (Trish). Lila also dearly loved her daughter-in-law Lucy Harnett and son-in-law Anthony (Tony) Nutt with whom she had wonderful friendships. It is an understatement to say that “Nana Banana” was admired and loved by her grandchildren, and that they were the pride and joy of her life. Brandon (Heather), Jessica (Kate), Andrew, Gaelan (Stacey) and Lucas (Sarah) are going to miss her sass, sharp tongue and peals of laughter. Anyone who knew Lila at all knew this: after Larry, her kids and her grandkids, Lila loved parties, high-heels, fast cars, the occasional dram of scotch and smoking cigarettes (‘til they damn-near killed her). She worked hard and, as she put it, just about “did it all”. She worked at a pharmacy, in fly-in fishing camps, and as a seamstress. She was the original “house flipper” and loved a bargain and a good fixer-upper. She loved her job as a clerk at Sears when Rusty and Tracy were away at high school, and of course, she built and then ran Pope Restaurant Supply Ltd., with Larry for more than thirty years. She was also an intrepid traveller in her day, and went overseas aboard the Empress of France just after WWII with her lifelong friend Myrna.

She regaled her family with colourful tales of her adventures right until the end. Lila genuinely loved her life. Just last week, she told her granddaughter, “Jess, if I fell off the face of the planet tomorrow, I haven’t missed a thing.” Donations to Lila’s favourite charity, Camp Quality, can be made (by cheque only) through the Cooperative Funeral Home in Sudbury. An Irish wake will be held in her honour this spring, when everyone can make it home safely to raise a glass.

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