November 17, 1924 – October 8, 2019
On a beautiful, crisp, fall evening, at The Views Hospice in Comox BC, Muriel slipped away to join her pre- deceased husband (April 8, 2018) Lawrence (Larry) of 75 years. Their 3 children, Carolyn (Bob), David (Danielle), and Dale were there to see her off.
Born in 1924 to George and Bessie Hall in Surrey England, Muriel was an only child who loved to ride her horse (Mickey) or her bicycle (no name) as fast as they would go. She was also the leader (read “boss”) of a group of Scottish Highland dancers who performed in exhibitions around the local area.
She grew into a true English beauty, who caught the eye of a handsome Canadian Soldier who was stationed close to where she lived. They married in 1942 and lived in England where they had their first daughter Carolyn in 1946. After Larry was shipped back to Canada at the end of the war, Muriel and Carolyn joined him in Oliver BC, where their second child, daughter Dale was born.
After moving north to Terrace for new opportunities, they completed their family with the birth of their son David.
After establishing a successful Real Estate and Insurance business (L.E. Pruden LTD.), Larry added the role of Magistrate, Coroner and Small Claims Court Judge to his duties. Although she missed her family terribly, Muriel adapted to the West Coast lifestyle admirably without losing her sense of style, that touch of “British class”, and most importantly her cheeky sense of humour and quick wit. She took enormous pride in her role of wife and mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was smart, beautiful, funny and one of a kind.
We will miss her more than words can say, however there is some solace in knowing how happy she will be dancing with “her Larry” once again.
She is survived by her extended family, daughter Carolyn (Bob) and their daughter Allison (Brendan and Cole), her son Brian (wife Natalie and sons Nathan and Mathis). Son David (Danielle and their sons Ryan (Jessie) and Trevor). Her daughter Dale will miss their daily drives and singing together to the old standards and Vera Lynne.
Well done Muriel. A long life well lived. Dance on.
Celebration of Life to be held at 2 pm on Monday, October 21, 2019, at Comox Valley Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay, BC.
Flowers gratefully declined. Donations can be made to The Hospice at The Views, c/o The Comox Valley Hospice Society, 102-1509 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC, V9N2K6.
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