Nov. 4th, 1920 ~ Oct. 15th , 2012
Peacefully leaving this world, Mom’s heavenly ‘Welcome Home’ celebration occurred on Monday October 15, 2012.
Born in Gateshead, England, Mom was the 2nd of 3 children. At 19 years of age she entered the Salvation Army Training College in England & began an exciting & fulfilling life of serving her Lord throughout England, Scotland & Canada. In 1954 mom & dad immigrated to Canada & served faithfully together as Salvation Army Officers throughout Ontario, Nova Scotia & British Columbia. They retired in 1986 making Qualicum Beach their home & remained active for a number of years helping establish The Salvation Army in the Qualicum Beach & Parksville communities.
Following dad’s death in 2005, mom’s personal ministry continued through her involvement in various Bible Study Groups up Island & at the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church. At Stanford Lodge she soon became known as ‘Smiley’ and could often be found with the knitting group or at the afternoon sing-a-longs. She was grateful for the many dear friends, old & new and from near & far that faithfully expressed their love, friendship & support to her through visits, acts of kindness, phone calls & letters.
Family & friends will cherish the memories of mom’s joyful spirit & caring heart, her beautiful smile, her encouraging words, her love of music & singing, her back-cracking embraces, the awesome slippers she knitted & her living testimony of steadfast love for the Lord.
Predeceased by her husband Tom, son Eric (Sandra) & sister Christina Gilbert (Art). Lovingly remembered by her children, Colin (Patricia), Margaret (Steve) & Chris (Deborah); 8 grandchildren (Kristen, Kathryn, Kyle, Jenna, Graham, Jesse, Aaron, Carolyn), 3 great grandchildren (Jordyn, Madison and Hannah) & her brother Bert Storar (Doreen).
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to family & friends that lovingly walked alongside us during mom’s final days & for the kind thoughts, cards, prayers & support received since mom’s passing. Heartfelt thanks to the Nanaimo General Hospital Staff & Palliative Care Team … your gentle & thoughtful care for mom & family was remarkable.
Her earthly Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday October 21st, 2012 at Yates Funeral Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville BC.
Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to Partner’s International (8500 Torbram Road, Unit 56, Brampton, ON L6T 5C6) or your local Canadian Cancer Society.
YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.