Mom left us while sleeping at her home in Gibsons, BC. She is predeceased by her husband, Bruce (May 29, 2018). She was the second child of Walter and Esther Brown. She is survived by her sister, Jean Woodworth of Nova Scotia, whom she loved deeply. Mom is lovingly remembered by her children, Esther, Peter (Heather), Gloria (Tom) and Steve (Debbi), eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was born in Red Hook, New York and grew up in Lockhartville, Nova Scotia. She moved to Port Alice after marrying November 15, 1948. They went back to Nova Scotia for six years, but returned to BC and bought their home on North Road in 1956.
Mom lived a full life. She worked alongside our dad clearing the land, planting gardens, canning the vegetables, milking the cow, and keeping a well run home. She enjoyed getting the camper ready for fishing and hunting trips. She especially enjoyed their trip to Alaska with close friends after Dad retired. She asked for little, and appreciated everything. She kept in touch with friends regularly by phone. She took life as it came, with no complaints. She strived for a "laugh a day" and to "make do". Her very close friends, Chris and Tammy referred to her home as "Grace's Trading Post." She counted on them as family. She kept journals of her life as a memory for us. She welcomed everyone into her home, was an excellent listener, and was proud that she could still "boss" us around until the final couple days.
Special thanks to Dr. Belgraver and Dr. Silvakova, the palliative team and the multiple care aids who helped fulfill her wish of dying at home. She had a special place in her heart for every one of you. She was amazed that you treated her with so much compassion and understanding when you "were so busy."
Her secret to a strong extended family unit was to respect our differences, but to "treat us all the same."
Join us in pouring a glass of wine and toasting Mom. Always in our hearts! Cheers!
No service at her request.