Kathleen “Eileen” O’Keeffe DeKelver
26 January 1921 – 15 February 2013
It is with tears of love and sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother Kathleen “Eileen” DeKelver. Mom passed away on Friday the 15th of February at the Comox Valley Seniors Village.
Mom was predeceased by her parents Kathleen and Arthur O’Keeffe, and baby sister Patricia.
Mom is survived by her children Terry (Don) Cruickshank and Tom DeKelver and Diana Chapman of Courtenay, Barb (Chris) Chetkowski of Montreal Que, Rob (Deb) DeKelver of Lilloett; grandchildren Sherri Cruickshank (Doug Roberts) of Cowichan Bay, Wayne (Irene) Cruickshank and Kelly Cruickshank (Darrell Pfeifer) of Victoria, Jeff (Johanna) Chetkowski and Curt Chetkowski of Roseville Ca, Cory DeKelver of Lilloett, Brent DeKelver of New Westminster; great grandchildren Damon Cruickshank of Victoria and Penelope Chetkowski of Roseville Ca; brothers Bill (Joyce) O’Keeffe and Pat (Rae) O’Keefe of Victoria; numerous nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews as well as great grandnieces and great grandnephews.
Mom was born on the 26th day of January 1921 in Webb, Sask , which was only one of many homes across the prairies, due to her dad’s career as an RBC bank manager. Following graduation mom moved from Cochrane, Alta to Vancouver Island where she worked for McGavin’s Bakery on Quadra St in Victoria. Shortly after the family followed her to Vancouver Island and not one left to live elsewhere. Mom married and soon had a family of four children whom she doted on. We always felt loved, wanted and supported.
Mom please know that you will always be with us for you are part of us and you will always be loved for we will never forget. “Love you lots!!”
The family would like to thank the staff of the Comox Valley Seniors Village, especially the 2nd floor F Wing, for giving our mom a loving and caring home.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, the 23rd of February at 2pm, at the Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation and Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made, if desired, to the Alzheimer Society of BC.