Edith Maud Thomson
December 31, 1914 – October 26, 2013
Just two months short of her 99th birthday “Edie” Thomson (nee Davis) went down fighting at St. Joseph’s Hospital after a brief illness.
She was the first of four girls born to an English father whose initial attempt to emigrate to Canada in 1912 was thankfully stymied when at the last minute he cancelled his booking on the ill-fated ship “Titanic.” A few months later he arrived in Victoria where he and his English bride settled for the rest of their lives.
Edith went to live through almost a century of transformation both in her home town and the broader world and she was an active participant in these changes. For instance, although the first 16 years of her married life in Edmonton saw her become highly skilled in all the traditional domestic arts – untidiness aside – she adapted naturally to the new societal emphasis on individual self-expression. Back in Victoria, she became a true world traveller – have sketchbook and camera; will travel – a lover of nature (she was a landscape artist, a beach comber and a rock hound) and became adept at a remarkable number of arts and crafts, too numerous to list. If she had been born at a later time she often said that she would have become either a fashion designer or a carpenter.
Moving to the Valley in 1993 to be closer to her daughters, she is predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Wilburt (Squib) Thomson and her sister Dorothy and is survived by her sister Glady and beloved “kid” sister, Myrna. To carry on her legacy, she leaves behind daughters June Haner (Dennis), Jo-Anne Hansen (Richard), four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Many thanks go to the kind and attentive folks at the Glacier View day program, and to the staff at Stevenson Place in Comox, Edith’s home for almost 10 years. Long term staff members, Mia, Shannon, Anna and Diane deserve special kudos, while words cannot express our appreciation of LeeAnn Lamm, who for the past two years has done so much to help keep our Mom where she wanted to be.
Those who knew “Edie” will always remember her for her curiosity, humour, vitality and her independent spirit which she maintained well into her nineties and it is these qualities we will be celebrating at a memorial gathering at Stevenson Place on November Saturday 23 at 1:30PM.