With dignity and grace, mom passed away peacefully on Christmas Day, 2005.
Born February 20, 1911 in Kamloops, BC, mom was the eldest of eight children. The family homesteaded at Anglemount on Shuswap Lake. She was her dad’s “ranch hand” and thrived on the outdoors; hiking, fishing, hunting, riding and cross country skiing.
Leaving the one-room school in 1925, she went to live with her Aunt in Smithers to complete high school. Further business courses secured her a prominent position at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria. She was young, beautiful, single and enjoyed many dances at the Empress Hotel during the big band era.
In 1942, mom met and married dad and they began a family. They built their first home in Victoria, eventually making their home in Nanaimo.
Mom and dad lived an active life and had many friends. They were avid rock hounds, enjoyed square dancing as well as hiking and lots of “fishless” wilderness camping trips.
Mom was a member of Altrusa, a Toast Mistress and active in her church community. Well into her 80’s, she continued to give to the community delivering library books to seniors whom she affectionately referred to as “dear old souls”.
Mom’s hands were always busy. She created many exceptional things. She sewed, knitted, excelled in photography, stain glass, wreath making and intricate pine needle baskets. Her artistic flair and love of nature were evident in the peaceful, natural garden she created.
Mom saw the beauty in everything. Her optimistic, independent nature allowed her 94 healthy, vibrant years.
Predeceased by her husband Arnold in 1991 and grandson, Jeffrey in 1999, she is survived and lovingly remembered by four daughters; Joan (Ben) Wouters, Marilyn (Damon) Bowman, Diane (Larry) Nabseth, Pat (Ebbe) Hansen and her son Murray. “Buba” delighted in her seven grandchildren; Tamara, Peter, Jeffrey, Corin, Brian, Kayley and Danny and by her four great granddaughters; Sarah, Megan, Holly and Madeline. She is also survived by two sisters Hazel Smith of Anglemount and Lorna Gorley of Salmon Arm along with numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
A service for mom will be held at Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, 6234 Spartan (off Metral Drive, North Nanaimo) Monday, January 2 at 11:00 am. A celebration of life ?reception to follow.
Flowers are gratefully declined. If you wish, donations can be made in her memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.