February 4th, 1921 – February 22nd, 2011
It is with sadness that we announce that our dear mother is now at peace, after a five year journey of failing health. Hilda was pre-deceased by her loving husband (of 61 years) George in 2002, her twin brother John, sisters Barbara and Ida, and grandson Kevin Bates. Mom is survived by her daughter Margaret (Fred) Bates of Nanaimo, and son Ron (Maggie) Smith of Salt Spring Island, her 6 grandchildren Randy (Marianne) Bates, Gordie Bates, Gina (Peter) Leslie, Tony (Glynis) Smith, Darren (Angie) MacRae, and her 8 great grandchildren, Nicole and Cameron Bates, MacKay and Benjamin Leslie, Emilia and Clayton Smith, and Emma and Jackson MacRae (whom she loved dearly), two sisters Lucy and Laura, sister-in-law Lois Barraclough, and many nieces and nephews. Hilda also leaves a large and loving extended family. Mom was blessed to have a second extended family of care and love from nurses and staff at Greenwoods Elder Care Society on Salt Spring Island, and her caring and thoughtful doctor Ron Reznick. Next to mom’s love of her family was her garden, and as there will be no service the family has chosen spring, her favorite season, to have a family gathering to join mom with dad. If you so wish, in lieu of flowers a contribution in Hilda’s memory may be made to Greenwoods Elder Care Society at 133 Blain Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1Z9.