Tilly grew up on a farm in Fiske, Sask. She and Con moved to Rosetown, Sask., then to Calgary. Tilly cared for 15 foster children. Tilly and Con served Camp Chestermere (Alta.) for several years. After retiring, they moved to Linden, Alta., where they were involved in Care and Share Society, and Tilly made quilts for MCC and toques for The Mustard Seed.