February 19, 2022
Georgina Pfeifer youngest of Malcolm and Christina McLeay went to be with her loved ones in her 91st year on February 19, 2022. She passed peacefully at home as was her wish, in Courtenay BC, after a 15-year dignified battle with cancer. Predeceased by her husband Allen in 2001 and baby John in 1957.
Mom, Shorty, George, Georgie, Grandma, Great Grandma, Auntie, Great Auntie, Great-Great Auntie, 3 G and Great-Great-Great Auntie is survived by her children Alison (Ian), Christy (Malcolm), Phillip and Christopher (Kim).
Grandchildren Cara, Noah and Lyla and Great Grandchildren Camden and Rikylor. Mom will be missed by many relatives and friends across Canada, US, and Scotland. She really enjoyed travelling to these locations to keep alive the relationships she treasured so greatly.
Born on the family farm near Barvas SK, Georgina was an avid animal lover from an early age. She always enjoyed her time with the family pets, birds, fish, hamsters, dogs, and cats. Clydesdales carried her and siblings to their one room schoolhouse. When they dismounted the horses were sent home to work on the farm.
Time for the siblings to come home the horses would arrive back at the school to pick them up. In this one room schoolhouse Georgina and her fellow students started their own chapter of the SPCA.
Beginning in her teenage years she was totally enthralled with baseball. One of the teams she played for were called the Coca-Colas and were sponsored by the local distributor. A very proud moment for the team in the mid 1940’s when they won the Saskatchewan Provincial Women’s Baseball Tournament.
At an early age and onward Mom could be found at the Curling Rink winning ribbons and trophies. But it was the camaraderie that she enjoyed most. When she wasn’t curling or playing baseball she kept busy golfing, playing tennis and badminton.
Georgina was a very hard worker. Before she married her careers were jewelry sales, bookkeeper for a farm implement dealership and a trucking company. To add to her pay packets she modeled for Woodward’s, Hudson Bay and Simpson-Sears.
After marrying Allen, she travelled coast to coast across Canada as an Air Force wife. Mom filled her time without much effort as she loved to play the piano, practice yoga, knit, crochet, sew, watch hockey and CFL football. There was also her keen interest in cooking and baking which she excelled at. She was a gracious hostess and welcomed all in for a meal even at the drop of a hat.
When her kids were out of the house or old enough to look after themselves Mom continued her work life as a telephone operator in Cold Lake AB and Supervisor at Base Housing in Namao AB.
Upon retirement she spent many hours singing in community choirs, plus volunteering in her neighbourhoods and churches. In her 80’s she could be found at the Courtenay Soup Kitchen helping and chatting with the hungry locals.
Georgina loved to drive to the ocean and walked almost daily. She only gave up the independence of her car keys at 90.
A heartfelt thank you to her church family who sat with, sang hymns, and kept her company in her final days. Diane, Rita, Angela, Heather, Heidi, and the Reverend Jenn you were very caring friends.
We would also like to thank her Caregivers, Vancouver Island Health, and her doctors for their excellent work in keeping her comfortable.
As her brother-in-law Bruce remarked,” She had a joyful classy nature. Always fun to be with”. Mom, you have warmed so many hearts and we were all blessed to know and love you.
Celebration of life and Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be offered at www.telfordtoneffboyd.ca
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