Tilly accepted the Lord as Saviour at 15 during revival meetings. In 1944, her family moved to Saskatoon, and in 1953, to Clearbrook, B.C. She worked at Bartsch Jewellers and a bakery in Abbotsford, B.C. Tilly sang in choir and ladies’ groups, worked in the church library, and as treasurer for the ladies’ group. She had a servant heart, caring for her parents in their home until their death.