THORNTON (nee Lambert) Virginia Margaret

THORNTON (nee Lambert) Virginia Margaret

December 1944 – September 2015

Ginny was admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox on August 20, and died peacefully early on September 10, from complications arising from an earlier bout with cancer.

Ginny was born and raised in New Westminster and graduated from LB Pearson High School. She attended Neuchatel Junior College (Switzerland, ‘62-63) for her first year of university studies, followed by UBC where she obtained a B.A. (’66) in English and French. She then studied at the Royal Columbian Hospital earning a Medical Record Librarian certificate in 1967, and moved to Kamloops where she worked in the Medical Records Department at the Royal Inland Hospital.

She met her future husband Jeremy (a mineral exploration geophysicist) at a Neuchatel class reunion. Married in 1969, they settled in North Vancouver, and raised three daughters. Annual vacations to Long Beach, Parksville, and later Hornby Island cemented her love of the Gulf Islands. Ginny was an omnivorous reader and loved photography, from black and white darkroom work through to digital photo editing for the annual Christmas card. She was a Brownie leader, avid gardener, and loved spending time with her youngest daughter’s horse. She later worked in hospital records administration at both Lions Gate and St. Paul’s Hospitals. As early retirement approached, Ginny and J left the city for Denman Island, building a house near Graham Lake. She served on the medical centre committee and founded the DCA annual fundraising book sale. She and J enjoyed road trips in BC and the western US.

She is predeceased by her parents Wilfred and Dorothea and sister Denise. She is survived by her sister Helen (Michael), her husband J, daughters Elizabeth (Rob), Sarah (Doug), and Andrea (Blayne), and granddaughter Kate.

Ginny will be interred in the Natural Burial (green) Cemetery on Denman Island on October 9 at 1 PM. A memorial service/celebration of life is being planned for November 1 on Denman Island, as a pot-luck social from 11:30 AM to approx 3PM. 

Her favourite charities included Medecins sans Frontieres, the Canadian Red Cross Society, the SPCA and the BC Cancer Agency.

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