Ruth E. (Bess) Adams

ADAMS, Ruth E. (Bess)

died July 3, 2003 at N.R.G.H. with her family by her side

Born October 4, 1913 in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Bess was predeceased by her husband Harvey V. Adams in 1995, and her brother Robert Jones. She leaves her son Bruce (Louise) Adams of Nanaimo, her daughters Catherine (Bill) Burgoyne of Parksville and Barbara (Roy) Parker of Courtenay; Grandchildren Tracy (Al) Tjoram, Cheri Adams, Bob (Linda) Burgoyne, Maribeth (Len) Grayson all of Nanaimo, Dave (Lorie) Burgoyne, Penticton, Ken (Tracey) Burgoyne, Alberta; Kelly (Greg) Wyatt, Victoria; Debbie (Peter) Marsh, N. Delta, Rob (Andrea) Parker, Courtenay. Great Grandchildren: Aaron, Brent, Matthew, Carley, Errol, Garrett, Carmen, Nicole, Stephanie, Tammy, Kaitlynne, Joshua, Courtney, Jason, Alison, Carly and Curtis. Her brother William (Bill) Jones, sisters Winifred Semmens, Kit Selby and Nellie Sackrider and many nieces, nephews all in Ontario.

Bess lived in Drumheller, Alberta as a young child, later moving to Kirkland Lake, Ontario where she married and started her family. In the late 1930’s with her family she moved and lived in the mining communities of Gold Bridge, Bralorne and Kimberley in B.C. In 1940 she moved to Cultas Lake to be with Harvey who served in the Army and was stationed nearby. In 1945 they moved to Parksville then to Port Alberni in 1955 and returning to Parksville in 1974.

Bess worked hard all her life, was fiercely independent and a feisty lady to say the least. She was a member of the District 69 White Cane Club and when physically able, an avid participant with the Blind Lawn Bowlers in Qualicum Beach Club. In her time she was employed by and was highly respected by various employers. Kresge’s (Ontario), Rod & Gun Hotel and Robertson’s Red & White (Parksville) and Woodwards (Port Alberni). She was an excellent cook and pastry chef, seamstress, knitter and loved to garden.

Special thanks from her family must go to Dr. Satish Desai, District 69 Home Support, nursing Staff on the 6th Floor and TLC Unit of NRGH.

Celebration of Life to be held Saturday, July 12th, 2003 in the Garry Oaks Room at the new Parksville Civic Centre from 1 to 3 p.m.


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