1920 – 2015
Mom passed away in her sleep at home on November 14, 2015.
Katherine (nicknamed Nana as a baby) was the youngest of four sisters born in Revelstoke, BC to Neil and Mable Ross. As a girl Mom was a skier, skater, basketball player, and possessed a colouratura soprano voice which was much in demand for church functions and weddings. How chagrined she was
to discover, years later when having her voice tested for the Sweet Adelines, that smoking had changed her voice to a female bass!
Mom and Dad came to the Valley as newlyweds in October, 1945 because Dad had a job offer with Corfield Motors on Cliffe Avenue. They joined the fledgling Kin and Kinette Clubs, thereby gaining a wide circle of lifelong friends. Mom and Dad loved to dance and spent many happy evenings at Legion and Native Sons Hall dances.
Mom was known for her quick wit, warm welcome, bottomless teapot and fabulous baking. She was the mom our friends confided in, and her listening ear was always appreciated.
Mom was predeceased by her immediate family, our Dad and our brother Robin, and is survived by her son Mark and daughter Louise, grandchildren Tom and Katie and great-granddaughters Gwyneth and Olivia.
Independent, feisty and funny to the end of her life, Mom’s last years were made easier and happier by
visits from VIHA workers. We’d like to thank them all, especially Lee Ann, lnge, Lori and Linda May. We are also grateful for the care and support of our neighbours, especially Dorothy, Lori and Jim, and Mom’s companion Caroline, who was like a second daughter to her.
A celebration of Mom’s life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of your choice.