February 23, 1926 – November 2, 2016
Mom passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by the love of her family, just as she had been during her life. She was the best Mom we could have hoped for and was fiercely proud of us.
Ollie was born in Dauphin, Manitoba, the youngest of six children. She was predeceased by Keith, her husband of 58 years, her parents, Robert and Anslie, brothers Ken, Mickey, and Gord as well as two sisters, Rita and Muriel.
She is survived by her sons Laurie (Thea), Don (Heather), and daughter Diane (Terry). She was adored by her Grandchildren Shannon, Brent, and Connor, along with her Great Granddaughter Kalleigh. Ollie had a special place in the hearts of her nine Step-Grandchildren and her eleven Step-Great-Grandchildren, who affectionately referred to her as GGO.
She was an honorary Mom to the Moore girls, and a host of other nieces and nephews. Ollie was a loyal friend to many, especially Audrey and June, and her companion Bob with whom she shared many “happy hours”, at home and abroad.
Ollie’s life was full of love and laughter, whether she was at home, at work or serving her community. She was a proud volunteer with the Heart and Stroke Foundation for 58 years. As well, she was involved with the Sid Theatre, Meals on Wheels and was a volunteer host at YQQ. She enjoyed cross country skiing, golfing and travelled extensively. Once an avid curler, she also served as President of the Comox Valley Curling Club.
She was known as the neighbourhood Mom when we were growing up at 5th and Stewart, and there was always enough food on the table for anyone who dropped by. Our Mom had the gift of making everyone feel special, no matter who they were or how they fit into her life.
She was never happier than when her house was full of friends and family, a glass of red wine in her hand and a good joke to tell. In our hearts, she is laughing still.
Special thanks to Dr. Swanson and the Home and Community Care team for their wonderful support.
A celebration of Ollie’s life will be held on Saturday November 12th at the Courtenay Fish and Game Club (3780 Lake Trail Road) at 2pm. Donations in Ollie’s memory to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.