Warner, Lil Helen

Lil Helen Warner

20.06.1954 – 30.05.2021

Loving, loved, lovely Lilli brought the world ‘whole face smiles’ and ‘chitty-chats’. Lil was the epitome of ‘strength through adversity’.

Lil was a teacher to those that asked, a mother to those who needed, and a friend to all.

A doting Mum to L-J, Mel and Tim they couldn’t be prouder of her own life and accomplishments.

Guiding support and step-mum to Joel. A second mum to Mike, Dan and Shan who loved her open arms. Story reader and hugger to her little ‘grandies’ Sia, Ayla, Leonardo and Pippa.

Lil is survived by her caring and much-loved older sisters Nancy and Pina, and Brothers-in-law Malcolm and Dominic. She doted on her nieces and nephews Felicia, Julie Ann, Allison and Adrian and their growing families. Lil also enjoyed her cheeky childhood growing up with her nephews, Elio and Dennis.

Such is the strength and tenaciousness of the amazing Lil, her 8-year battle with cancer ended but her spirit and lessons of ‘how to do life when it is shit’ remain floating in the universe and touching the souls of all she knew.

Lil’s light was brighter than sunshine.


A Celebration of Lil's Life will tentatively take place on July 2nd in Monbulk.

Please note this may change depending on COVID restrictions.

Continue to check here for further updates regarding confirmation of date, time and venue.

Please leave a tribute message and/or your favourite story of Lil. We know there are so many lives lived in her short one and we want to hear them all!

8 Tributes

  1. Angelina Bandiera
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    Our deepest condolences and sending you love from the Garro family 💕

  2. Nicole Smart
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    I loved meeting Lil by jumping the back fence to come over for a cuppa. I watched kittens being born at her house, had teachers coaching, went on holiday to Gippsland, but above all Lil was a terrific friend to Mum (Nessie) and I.
    Lil was a never ending source of love, compassion and big hugs.
    My condolences to all that had the privilege of knowing Lil, forever missed x

  3. Paula Bagnato
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    We love you Aunty Lil 💖 Always entering the spirit of things with ease, such a fun caring being who made a lasting impression on all the lives you touched.
    We loved being with you and there was never a complaint from you but a positive look at life at every turn.
    You genuinely care for all those that came into your life and we appreciate all the things you did for all of the lives you touched.
    We will miss you 💖 Melissa, Laura-Jayne, Tim and Nancy my thoughts are will you.
    Much Love, Paula

  4. Emma Cornwall
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    So much love from our family to yours ❤️ Beautiful to read about such a special woman. We feel very lucky to have met her.

  5. Rosie Johnson
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    Lil was such a shining light & a very valued member of Melbourne Eastern Region LETS. She will be sorely missed by many
    My condolences to her family. RIP dear Lil 💕

  6. Sharon Wilson
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    As an aide, I worked alongside Lil for 2 years with a group of very difficult students. We had the best times.
    Lil was always able to find a fun and positive outlook on some quite difficult situations.
    We were supposed to have ‘circle time’ each day to help the children communicate and share feelings with each other.
    Hmmmm after an unsuccessful week, Lil decided food was the answer, as Lil said “we all eat!”
    The first day Lil brought in a pommegranite. We all felt it, shook it, tasted it and discussed it. Success!
    It was everybody’s favourite time of day.
    The children began to bring in something to share each day.
    Lil was always able to think ‘outside the box’ and turn a negative into a positive.

  7. Julianne Bagnato
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    Aunty Lil, thank you for being such a bright, shining light in my life. You always, from childhood right through to our last visit, made me feel so valued and special, and Ivy has always felt the same. Even when your own life wasn’t going as planned, you had so much energy and love for those around you. We miss you and will always remember how you made us feel loved. Lots a luv – Jules, Dan and Ivy. xoxo

  8. Suzanne Biviano
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    Thinking of you today Lil 🥰 on our birthday weekend 🌸💞
    I am so grateful that we got to have some wonderful chats and shared our hopes and dreams for our lovely kids ❤️ You will always be a part of my family too 💞
    You will be very sadly missed by us all ❤️
    Sending lots of love 💕

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