May 8, 1925 ~ July 12, 2009
With sad hearts we announce the passing of our wife, mother and grandmother who died peacefully at her home in Victoria. Predeceased by her parents and daughter Megan.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years Philip, children Mary Nee Nee (Dave), David, Paul (Elsie) Sardis, beloved grandchildren Philip (Vancouver) & Jasmine (Q.B.), Leilani (Auckland, NZ) & Latisha (Lasqueti Is.,) Pamela, Jamie and Andrea (Sardis) and special great grandchildren, Ethyn, Grace and Emery. She is also survived by her brother Hugh Prizeman (Leah) of Toronto and several nieces and nephews.
Gerry was born in Toronto, Ontario to Beatrice and Stan Prizeman. She attended Danforth Technical School and graduated a dietician and worked at St. Joseph Hospital and in the Banff Hotel. She travelled to London in 1949 where she met Philip, a New Zealander, who was visiting London after the war. They returned to Toronto and were married in 1950 and proceeded by train to Vancouver. They built a house in North Van. and had four children and built again moving to West Van. in 1958.
She loved to travel and summers always meant a road trip and camping at lakes in the interior of BC. She and Pip travelled the world extensively. She moved to Errington in 1973 where they bought the MacMillan farm, built a new house and started sheep farming. She loved her life on the farm and had milking cows, chickens, up to 200 ewes and 3 rams, horses, dogs and cats. She was a member of various farmers institutions and the Sheep Growers Association of Van. Island as well as being involved in local hall and church activities and running a sheep farm.
She was very generous and donated the old log house to the Parksville Historical Society, supported Ducks Unlimited, SPCA, World Wildlife, United Way, Save The Children, Knowledge Network, the Anglican Church, the Errington Hall and numerous other charities and causes. A brain aneurism slowed her down and they sold the farm moving to a house on the same property where they created new gardens and orchards.
Her wish to have her ashes buried next to her maternal Grandmother in Utica, Ontario has been honoured.
There will be a Memorial Service at
St. Edmond’s Anglican Church
Wembley Road, Parksville, B.C.
on Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm
In lieu of flowers, a donation to your favourite charity or one of Gerry’s is appreciated.