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DAVEY, Lillian Irene (nee Tazzman)

May 28, 1931 – London, Ontario
December 12, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Lillian Irene Davey (nee Tazzman), age 87 of Calgary, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

Lillian, last of eight siblings, was the daughter of Robert and Gertrude (nee Atrill) Tazzman, born May 28, 1931 in London Ontario. She married Grant M. Davey in June 1952 and they had one daughter, Debra Davey Phillips.

Lillian grew up on a dairy farm in London, Ontario. She enjoyed attending the weekly barn dances where her father played the fiddle. She moved west to Calgary with her closest sister Audrey (nee Tazzman) Morrice where she met and married Grant Davey. She enjoyed bowling, curling, football and hockey. She also truly enjoyed gardening, flowers, travel, bingo and her annual Stampede Horseshoe BBQ.

She worked with the Tuxedo Credit Union and was a Mary Kay Cosmetic Director. In 1965 she pioneered the Young Canadians of The Calgary Stampede costume and make-up dept. and devoted many years as a Stampede volunteer backstage.

Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Grant, her siblings Robert, Margaret, Charlotte, Bruce, Violet, Audrey, Emma Tazzman and niece, Dianne Wilkinson.

Lillian is survived by her loving and devoted daughter Debra & son-in-law Jack Phillips of Las Vegas, NV, her life partner, Herbert Dreger, her nieces Linda (Paul) Morrell, Christine (Dave) Burtt, Hal Wilkinson and her dear friends, Dixie McCall, Tracy Fewster, Sandra & John Kemp, Lori McWatters, Russ & Pat Sabo, Lynne Marshall, Lynn & Bob Gustum, Joyce Dreger, Winnie Gjerdi, Emily Dilk, and Hertha & Wes Born.

Funeral Services will be held at Royal Oak Victory Church (450 Royal Oak Drive NW, Calgary, AB), on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Provincial Office, Sun Life Place, 710, 10123 – 99th Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1 Telephone: 1(866) 412-4222 or to the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured, 3412 Spruce Drive SW Calgary, AB T3C 3A4 Telephone: 403-242-7116

In living memory of Lillian Davey, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Herb and Debra, We have been blessed with so many sweet happy memories of Lil and please know she will be dearly missed. Forever in our hearts and memories she will always be a part of us. My fondest memory is sitting out back of the ponderosa watching the lightening storms cut across the valley and turn at the last minute and miss us. What a pleasure it was to attend the annual Stampede BBQ and Horseshoe event each year. Great memories of a great lady!

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  2. Tanya Wallace/ Phil Medica

    Debra & Herb, thinking of you both during this sorrowful time. Love Tanya & Phil

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  3. Heaven will be shining brightly with Diamond Lil’s beautiful soul. ♡ My sincere condolences to Herb, Debbie and family. You are all in my thoughts…

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  4. Debra – Loved your mom’s spunky spirit and
    Her laugh which I think you inherited . Net she’s up in Heaven right now screaming BINGO! with a huge smile on her face.

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  5. Dear Debbie and family,

    None of us who were part of the original Young Canadians in 1968 will ever forget your mother. She was always calm, always helpful and resourceful, and always supportive. There was never a crisis when Lil Davey was around for she was completely unflappable despite the nerves and egos which never far away for everyone else. Lil Davey was as much a part of the grandstand show as anyone could ever have been, and her ready smile and reassuring manner will forever be among our memories of those early years which were so formative as the Young Canadians slowly became one of the constants of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Please accept my most sincere sympathy in the loss of your wonderful mother.

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  6. It is with deep sadness that I send my condolences to Herbie ,Debra, Jack and all of the neighbors and friends that were lucky enough to have Diamond Lil in their lives.Lil has been in my life since the tender age of 8 when Deb and I became life long friends while dancing in the Calgary Kidettes.All of the BBQ’s and Christmas dinners that we spent together bring a smile to my heart.I cherish the times spent in the sun room at the Ponderosa most of all. Lil always met me at the door with her arms wide open for a hug whether it was a day or a year since we last met. Though tiny in stature she was a force to be reckoned with, a constant ball of energy. We all know where Debra gets her strength from. I will miss you Diamond Lil.

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  7. Terry Sparling (Stewart)

    Hi Deb,
    So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing, she was such an amazing person, especially to all the Kidettes!! She was such a motherly influence to us all, looked after all of our needs so well, and truly supported us all. I have very fond memories of her that I will always treasure as I think about her infectious wonderful laugh & smile.
    My thoughts & prayers go out to you.
    Much love to you
    Terry (Stewart) Sparling

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  8. Debbie, Herb and Jack,
    We are so saddened by the loss of your Mom and partner. When I think of Lil I think of sunshine and Roses. She always had a soft and tender touch with everything and everyone that was in her persences. She could hug you and make you feel like you were the only one there. We will treasure many memories of horsehoes, washshoes and bingo. May she rest in peace.
    With Love, Lynn and Bob Gustum

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  9. I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing Deb. I will always remember how she made us ‘new Young Canadians’ feel welcome and at home. She was a shining light, kind and such a classy lady. My sincere condolences.
    Ted Jeal

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  10. Herb, Debra, and Jack my thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember first meeting Lil after I had moved in with Debra after living life on the cruise ships where Deb and I met. Diamond Lil would come to Vegas to visit and she was a sparkling, smiling, beautiful, always laughing woman with a huge personality. When Lil was around you couldn’t help but be swept up in her laughter and her Bingo jackpot stories! I had the honor of visiting Lil and Herbie at the Ponderosa one year. I will always have the memory of her beautiful sun room and her ginormous Christmas Cactus, Lil had the best green thumb! My heart goes out to all of you, I love you..Lil will be missed.

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  11. Dear Deb: I’m so very sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful and amazing woman. I always enjoyed her upbeat attitude and her incredible dedication to her work, and the people involved with the Young Canadians. It was my great privilege to have known and worked with her. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time of loss.

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  12. Brenda (Hades) Dow

    Your Mom was such an important part of those years in the Kidettes and the Young Canadians !! She worked so hard on making us look beautiful and feel special …both on stage and off !
    She certainly had a powerful impact on your life – creating the kind, loving, powerful woman that you are. I know that you always shared a special, close bond with her and that your life is full of memories shared with her…how very special !!
    You, Jack and Herb are in my thoughts during this difficult time. I am sorry that I will not be able to be at her funeral in person but I will be there in spirit and love,
    xo Brenda

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  13. Dear Deb,
    The loss of the woman who gave you birth is the most diificult experience you’ll ever have to live. Well, that ‘s what it was for me and I know it is for you too. I hope that all the beautiful comments about your mom from your friends and family will help you go through this very difficult time. Love you! Suzanne

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  14. Janie (Brennan) & Peter Evans

    Oh, dear Deb, my heart breaks to learn of your darling Mom’s passing. So many of us were so blessed to have spent so much of our youth and young adulthood under our Diamond Lil’s wing. She was always so kind, calm, patient and gentle with all of us. She was unflappable (in spite of working with kids of all ages and temperaments) and we all felt so loved by her.
    There was a reason we called your Mom our “Diamond Lil”; she was a true gem who was loved by all, including me. I am so thankful she was able to be at our Kidette 50th. It was so special for all of us to be able to see her again.
    Peter and I send our heartfelt condolences to you, Jack, Herb and to all who loved our Diamond Lil. Please know that we will be with you in spirit as you celebrate her wonderful life. With all our love and gentle hugs,
    Janie & Peter

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  15. Dearest Deb & Herb:
    Having know Diamond Lil for over 40 years I was always amazed how bright her star shined. See was truly a Diamond. Lil was a kind loving warm human being who genuinely cared for others. She had a contagious laugh and the most beautiful smile. She will be missed by all she touched. Rest in Peace.
    Much love-Rita

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  16. Debra,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother Lill. She was an inspiration to me during my YC days and I will always remember her kindness, hard work and sense of humour. My heart goes out to you and your family. Sending love.

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  17. So sorry to hear about your mom Deb. I have so many memories of your mom and she was such a big part of our lives growing up the Kidettes and Young Canadians. Cherish the many beautiful memories you have. She lived a wonderful fulfilling life.

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  18. I’m very sorry to hear that your mom passed away Deb. It’s so hard to say goodbye. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

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  19. Deb, Jack, Herb ,
    Ah Lil, what a kind caring beautiful soul. We send our heartfelt sympathies to you and everyone who was privileged to have known her.
    Lorna and Paul. (Montreal)

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  20. Dear Deb,
    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was an iconic part of YC’s history, and as you can see from all these messages, will be sorely missed. You and she shared a beautiful legacy together; I hope that can be of comfort to you through this loss. Sending healing thoughts…
    Terri Hawkes

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  21. My dearest LS Debra sister and friend.
    I had the pleasure to meet and spend some precious and happy times with Lillian while in Italy. She is a special lady. My heart is heavy for you and I embrace you with my love and comfort during this sad time. Love you BS
    Condolences from Beppe and Nicole

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