It was with great sadness, on July 21st 2014, at the passing of our beloved Tony. She had an amazing life of 94 healthy years. With her vibrant and loving personality she was a joy to all who knew her. She is remembered with love by all her family. In Canada, her son Kevin, Prince Rupert BC, her daughter and son-in-law Delia and Ernie von Schilling, Courtenay BC, three grandchildren, Colin Wilson (Teresa), Annalusie Shields (John) & Laura (Sky) Hellyer (Jason) and her amazing eight great grand children, plus family in England, nieces, nephews and their spouses and many great nieces, nephews and their children.
A great traveller, Mum started as a girl with trips to Europe. During WW II she served as a driver for the British Army Medical Core where she met then married her beloved husband Kenneth. Together they came to Canada to start a new life, living first near White Rock BC and then on Salt Spring Island for all of 45 years.
After the passing of Kenneth at age 55, Mum found healing in friendships formed with her bridge playing and travelling. She enjoyed visits to China, Australia, a biblical journey to Israel, Ireland and many trips back to England to see her family.
Once again, this June found Tony having a grand time on a three week visit with her family in England. Her favourite pastimes were yoga, walking, and hiking, playing bridge, reading and volunteering. Many organizations benefitted from the giving of her time and energies and on Salt Spring the following clubs she enjoyed were, Garden, Historical, Hiking, Weavers Guild, the Legion, and Bessie Dane Hospice.
She left Salt Spring to be close to her family in Courtenay. Tony volunteered at the Sid Williams Theatre and Evergreens Seniors Centre. Her biggest love was for her family, which she spent much time with both here and in England. Mum will be missed.
A Celebration of Her Life was held at Piercy’s-Mt.Washington Funeral Home in Courtenay, Wednesday July 30th. A donation to the Bessie Dane Hospice Society in her name was her wish.