Ariel May Bishop

June 17, 1923 – May 10, 2015

Sadly Mom passed away on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015 at Cumberland Lodge. She was the daughter of an English Canadian Robert (Bob) Ferguson Lennox and an American, Esther Ann Stepman. Her birth on June 17, 1923 took place in Eureka, Montana. Her stay in Montana was short. They lived Roosville, B.C. until 1925 when they moved to Chilliwack, living on McConnell Road, now Castleman Road, near her Uncle Joe Lennox’s farm. In 1933 they moved into the B.C. Forest Service’s Assistant Ranger Residence at Cultus Lake.

Mom attended her first year of school at Camp River School. Following that she attended schools in Sardis and Chilliwack, graduating in 1942. In 1943 she attended Pitman Business College in Vancouver and took a position with an insurance firm in the Credit Foncier Building.

During her school years Mom met Leonard Dale Bishop, a Sardis lad. On July 18, 1945 she married her school chum in the Chapel at the Comox air base where Dad was serving in the RCAF. Following his discharge that year, they settled in the Comox Valley, first in Royston, then in Courtenay.

While Mom was our home support she enjoyed gardening, camping, boating, fishing and touring with Dad. Outside the home she was a long-time member of Courtenay’s Cedar Rebekah Lodge No. 77.

Predeceased by Dale in 2014, Mom is survived by son Paul, daughter Rosemary (Raymond), grandson, Keegan, sister-in-law Joeslyn Bishop, Sardis, niece Anne, nephews Bruce and David and several Canadian and American cousins.

Mom and Dad will be interred near her Mother in Chilliwack Cemeteries.

Thank you to Dr. Reggler, Dr. Blacklock, Home & Community Care and the doctors and nurses at Cumberland Lodge for your caring support.


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