Born November 6, 1929, in Nanaimo; passed in her sleep on September 25, 2013. She stayed at home until the end, leaving on her own terms, close to her sisters in the city she was born in.
Predeceased by her husband, Bernard; her sons, James and Christopher; her siblings, Peggy, Nelly, Edie; and her brother Jim. Survived by her children: Cindy (Jerry), Norm (Jeanne), Neil (June), DeeDee (Don), and Sheila who was like another daughter to her; 18 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her sisters were her best friends: Lorna (Amanda – niece), twin sister, Violet (Don), Treva (Sam), and Faye; her special friend, Lloyd; and Patch, her precious cat.
Mom was the anchor of the home, raising kids, cooking (always feeding friends of the kids), cleaning, gardening and running the house. With Bernie, kids and pets, they moved all over Alberta and BC, eventually settling in Richmond for many years before retiring to Nanaimo.
After Bernie passed in 1991, Mom didn’t slow down; she kept busy with family and friends, with bowling, and winning gold medals in horseshoes at the BC Games. Mom was a real sports fan….a loyal Canuck, BC Lions and Jays follower.
Mom was a loyal friend to many. She had a quick smile and a pleasant happy nature, and we will hold her in our hearts. Mom loved to sing; at the mere mention of a song or word she’d break into song (the whole song). She loved unconditionally. With wisdom and her sense of humor, she’d laugh through it all.
The family would like to thank VIHA for the wonderful care they provided which allowed Mom to remain in her home. Thanks to Gail Cohrane of the VIHA; she saw Mom as a person and not just a patient. Also a special thanks for the kindness of the team at Chase River Pharmasave Pharmacy.
A celebration will be held on October 7th at 2:00 pm at the Moose Lodge, 1356 Cranberry Ave., Nanaimo BC V9R 6Z7.