DOLORES CARTER 1931 — 2024


In loving memory of Dolores Carter, who passed away on April 7, 2024— she is survived by her six children, 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Her husband Boyce Carter predeceased her in 2013. She was the last surviving sibling of the Giesinger-Metz family.

Dolores Dorisina Giesinger was born on January 27, 1931, in Holdfast, Saskatchewan but she was not meant to stay a prairie girl. When she was barely school age, her family moved to Kelowna B.C., where she, two brothers and a sister grew up in a hard-working and musical household. Music would always play an important role in her life.

Dolores liked to tell the story of when, as a young girl, she would run out the door to meet a friend, and her Dad would catch her, saying, “Sit down and let’s play one song together, Dolores.” So she accompanied him on the piano and he played the accordion. But it was never just one song. These times with her Dad were among her fondest memories. She learned persistence, hard work and dedication from her Mom, who was a talented seamstress with a memorable laugh and a penchant for theatre.

The big turning point for Dolores came at 20 years old, when she was filling in as a coat check clerk at a dance hall in Kelowna. She was captured by the enchanting dark eyes of Boyce Carter, who waltzed in to become the love of her life. He had immigrated from England a few years earlier and was working on a land clearing crew in the region. It turned out that he, too, was a musician—a drummer.

After a courtship that consisted of Boyce’s frequent visits to Kelowna and her few ventures out to his work site, they were married August 1, 1951 and they moved north to settle in the Cariboo; first Quesnel and then in a Beaver Pass logging camp. She enjoyed the challenges of those early years, forging ahead without modern conveniences while raising a family. Later, she would often comment on the hardships but the joy of that period of her life.

Their first son, Bruce was born October 1952, and their daughter Beryl in 1955, both in Quesnel. Dolores was not faint of heart. When the opportunity arose, she didn’t hesitate to move to England to meet Boyce’s family. In 1957, two little girls, Dawn and Marcia, were born in Boyce’s hometown in the Cotswolds.

When they returned to Canada less than two years later, it was with four young children in tow. They settled in Johnson Subdivision in Quesnel, where, in 1962, their second son, Bill was born.

The music continued. She and Boyce joined other musicians to form a band that played at local venues. In those years, it was not only for the pleasure of it but also for the added income.

Boyce’s logging business grew and the family relocated to Wells, BC in 1963. In 1964, their sixth child, Carla was born. In those days, the town was isolated, so Dolores got involved in the community. She was the one who organized Christmas carolling, who played the organ at church, who became president of the PTA, who volunteered at the library, who hosted Boyce’s company parties. She even played piano for the local ballet classes, and on one occasion was so inspired by the dancing that she momentarily abandoned her place on the piano bench to join the class on the floor.

Their house in Wells was loud and full of both adult and kid-focused activities. She joined mail-order music and book clubs, giving the kids a chance to make choices of their own and open up their worlds. Dolores also took up oil painting and finished academic studies via correspondence. Mostly, she was tirelessly dedicated to her family. She always told the story of how she had agreed to live in Wells for five years, and as it happened, they were there for exactly five years and one day. Like the kids, she had fond memories of their time in Wells.

They moved back to Quesnel in 1968. With the kids in school, Dolores volunteered to play piano at theatre and choral groups. She encouraged her children to spread their wings and follow their dreams. The kids grew up, graduated and moved on, Boyce retired, and Boyce and Dolores moved to Salmon Arm in 1986. She volunteered to play piano and sing for residents of care homes in Salmon Arm and later in Kamloops, where they moved in 2008. Sadly, Boyce passed away in 2013, and the close family bonds Dolores had nurtured over the years were her mainstay.

She was always active in the lives of their grandchildren and she encouraged and supported them just as she did her children. She was the glue for the family, the reliable go-to resource, and family historian, the one who saved important mementos, who had stories to tell.

Dolores used to sing, “I Love Life.” She was stoic. She was strong, she stood on principal and never waivered. She was ever graceful and had a lively sense of humour (that ripened with age). In short, Dolores was loving and fun! Appreciated for (among many other admirable qualities) her kindness and consideration and unlimited capacity for love, she will always bemuch loved and dearly missed. The world is so much better for having known her.

Our family is ever so grateful for the love and kindness of the staff at Kamloops Overlander Residential Care Home, where she spent her last months.

May you rest in peace, Mom/Granny/Great Granny/Great-Great Granny.

In lieu of flowers, financial contributions in memory of Dolores Carter can be made to Spinal Cord Society by contacting Bill Carter:

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Norman Alfred McCallum passed away peacefully on April 11, 2024, in Kamloops, BC, at the age of 81. He was born on July 31, 1942, to parents Hermeline Desjarlais and Harry McCallum in Buffalo Narrows, SK. Norm is survived by his siblings, Louis (Rita) McCallum, Mary Hansen, and Alex McCallum.

He will be missed by his loving wife, Aurelia Lillico, and his children, Dwight McCallum, Patricia McCallum, and Wayne Cunningham, Sandra McCallum, and Lisa Castillo; and stepchildren, Nimfa and Eddie Valenzuela, Arnold and Marilyn Mendoza, Eric and Rowena Matabang, Sherilyn Mendoza, Carrick Lai, and Lailani Mendoza-Lai, and Irvin Tom and Aileen Tolentino. He was a beloved grandpa to his grandchildren, Jessica McCallum and Danielle Cunningham, Daeman Fraser and Malcolm Fraser, Eric Castillo, Jordan Valenzuela, Gabriel and Elijah Mendoza, Aiden and Micah Matabang, Caleb and Solenne Lai, and Bristol, Lauren, and Eevee Tolentino.

As a troubled young man going through a divorce, Norman found himself on a mission – a destructive mission – fueled by alcohol, desperation, and rage. A life-changing encounter with God miraculously freed him from drinking and set him on a completely different trajectory. God’s charge to Norman to “go back to your people and tell them about Me” became his ultimate mission in life since then.

Starting in the early 1980s, Norman has wholeheartedly served God in the Arctic and across Western Canada on police commissions, as Band manager, and as an Addictions Recovery counselor, among other roles. His fervent desire was to witness his own people break free from the chains of addiction and generational trauma and experience healing and salvation through Jesus Christ. To this end, he partnered with Christian organizations like Ethnos Canada to create a discipleship course that would allow Indigenous leaders to take on the baton of sharing the Good News in their own communities.

As an Elder with the Woodland Cree Nation, Norman helped lead the formation of Indigenous Connections at Kamloops Alliance Church, a ministry that creates space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to listen, learn, and grow together in love, unity, and reconciliation. On May 4th, Indigenous Connections will be hosting the third “Us Together” conference that Norman worked tirelessly to help organize each year.

Norman was a generous and loving person who cherished quality time and meaningful conversations with family and friends. Other things that gave him joy were peaceful long drives, reading the news, drinking his beloved Tim Hortons tea, and though not typically one to favor brand-name clothing, Under Armour shirts that he wore daily for comfort. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him and whose lives he touched.

The family sends their gratitude to the medical staff at Royal Inland Hospital for Norman’s care.

Norman’s Celebration of Life is on Wednesday, April 17th, 2:00pm at the Kamloops Alliance Church.

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Lynn Beveridge passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2023 in Kamloops, British Columbia. She is survived by her husband, Dave and her children Lori, Larry (Brenda), Deanna, David (Liz), grandchildren, Trista (Devon) Travis, Kelsie (Tom), Brandon, Codey, Keanna, Natasia, Brody, and Austin, great grandchildren, Khyler, Aria, Carter, and Oaklan.

Lynn is also survived by her sister, Gail and her twin brother Larry (Barb), niece, Cathy (Chris), great nieces, Kayla, Cassidy, nephews Dale, Kyle, niece, Jessica, and sister in-law Jeanette (Tommy).

Lynn was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Violet Schwitek, her brother in-law Butch, and nephew Roger.

Lynn and her family spent over 40 years out at the Shuswap, with the last 27 years being full-time. Lynn and Dave met many great friends and neighbours while living out there. They hosted an ongoing “happy hour “ out on the sundeck, where Lynn would insist you try one of her famous chocolate martinis.

Lynn loved living at the Shuswap. She was an avid swimmer and loved the water. Many times, day or night! She would be in the water hollering up at the neighbours to come and join her, as the water was great!

Lynn would sit for hours out on the deck, looking out on the lake. This truly was her “happy place. ”

Lynn was a wonderful, fun, loving lady, who will be greatly missed by Dave, her family and friends, and all who knew her.

Lynn’s Celebration of Life will be held in May 2024.

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Patricia Jean Murray was born in Chilliwack, BC, on May 22, 1937. At the age of 15, she found herself working at the lodge in Squam Bay, where she met and fell in love with Frank (Ink) Fraser. They married shortly thereafter and remained married until Dad’s death in 2021, spanning over sixty years. Mom had 3 children – Murray, Colleen, and the youngest, Bill.

Mom was blessed with five grandchildren: Carson, Colleen, and Brian, as well as Lucas and Brittany from my side. Additionally, she was blessed with ten great-grandchildren: Anika-lee, Jaycen, Cianna, Brendan, Jaeda, Kingston, Kira, Taylor, Carter, and Deklyn. What a wonderful legacy she has left!

Patricia Jean Fraser was a strong woman who led a difficult life very successfully. Mom and Dad skidded poles at Adams Lake for a summer to earn enough money to make a down payment on their first house at Crescent Beach. Mom moved to Adams Lake in 1962, and Mom and Dad built their house there in 1964. Mom raised us kids there, grandkids there, and great-grandchildren.

Many will know of Mom and her cooking; she fed many people. My siblings and I always had good food; Mom baked bread, pies, and cinnamon buns. Mom was very skilled at cooking wild meat, of which Dad always kept the freezer full. The smells of bread and cinnamon were usually the first thing that greeted people when they arrived in the yard.

Mom triumphed over adversity through her family, friends, and church. When a neighbor became very sick and needed dialysis, she said, “no problem, I will help you,” and she became a dialysis technician and assisted until Barb got a kidney transplant. She even became a board member for the Kidney Foundation in Kamloops.

Mom got tired of hearing Dad and I talk flying, and said she could fly also. She became a pilot, purchased an aircraft (150 Cessna – CF-VDT), and became a founding member of The Rocky Mountain Black Sheep Squadron of the 99s (an international association of female pioneer pilots). She attended fly-ins and conferences as far away as Alaska and did survival training in Idaho.

Pat (Mom) was a remarkably resilient person, hardworking, and loving. She was a person of great strength and loyalty to her family; she would say “intestinal fortitude.” Above all, Mom believed in family and children. She always said, “I love you muchly.”

Those are words of wisdom that I will always cherish: “Love your family and friends muchly.”

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JEAN MARY SENGER 1946 — 2023


Jean Senger, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family on November 28th 2023.

Jean was born to Archibald James Morris and Mary Morris on June 29th 1946 in Nottingham England.

She is survived by her husband Al Senger (separated), Children, Sharon Senger (Jamie Jones), Tim Senger (Sairung), Julie Senger (Cory Duncan), Steve Senger (Terri).

Seven Grandchildren, Jared Jones, Andrew Senger, Alyssa Senger, Mackenzie Senger, Sam Senger, Christina Senger, and Devin Sargent.

Jean was predeceased by her Father and Mother, her Daughter Christina and her Brother Paul Morris (Michelle Gallard).

She is survived by siblings, Jim (Sylvia), Richard (Leslie), Joanne Polack, Tony (Joanne Twan) and numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.

Jean moved from Nottingham England to Ontario Canada with most of her Family in 1964. Her eldest Brother, Jim and Sister-in-law Sylvia came to Canada a year later.

Jim and Sylvia did not like their jobs in Ontario so Jim applied for a Pipefitters job at the smelter in Trail B.C.

His application was successful so Jim, Sylvia as well as Jean drove the 3900 kilometres to Trail to start their new life in B.C.

Their Father and the rest of their family soon moved to Trail as well and her Father got a job as a machinist at the Trail smelte – a united family once more.

Jean met Al in the Spring of 1966 at a Skydiving party in Trail and they married on September 17, 1966. Skydiving began the next day with Jean helping Al pack his parachute as she had already made a couple jumps in the past.

In the Spring of 1967, Al’s brother Ed got him a welding job in a sawmill town on the West Coast of Vancouver Island called Tahsis. On the long weekend of July 15, 1967 Jean and Al began their new life in Tahsis.

In December of 1967 the first of their children, Sharon was born followed by Tim and Christina. Christina passed away (crib death) shortly after her birth and Jean and Al, tired of the rain moved to Kamloops in 1971.

Jean began a long successful career working for various law firms (mainly Mair Jensen Blair) and had a reputation as being very knowledgeable and a speedy typer.

In October of 1973, Al began a 31 year career working as a welder at the Weyerhaeuser Pulp Mill in Kamloops.

In 1978 Jean and Al were blessed with another daughter Julie and in 1979 their final son Steve was born.

One can imagine working a full-time job while raising 4 children which involves daycare, school, cooking etc. but she managed very well. Jean was a brilliant woman and could do many crafts, play the organ, knit, sew as well as do macrame, needle work etc.

Jean was also a voracious reader and many times would read a book in one day.

In the 1980’s Jean joined the Kamloops Golf and Country Club and soon became an excellent golfer and Club Captain. In the early 80’s she took up bowling and was very good at that as well. In the 1990’s Jean and Al belonged to the Jack Daniels Desert Rose Dancers and performed as far away as Australia. Jean was noted for her excellent rhythm, her speed in learning new steps and her amazing ability to make our colourful uniforms alongside some of our other female dancers.

The last few years have been very difficult for Jean as she had very painful health issues which involved healthcare workers and many, many hours of care from her children, their spouses and Al.

Jean was very appreciative of her care and we want to thank her doctors, family Dr Lesch and specialist Dr. Johnson as well as nurses at R.I.H, many care workers who came to her apartment and to Bedford Manor as well as the care workers at Bedford Manor.

She was starting to enjoy life again after settling into Bedford Manor and was working at getting her strength and independence back. Unfortunately it was too late but at least she no longer has that relentless, crippling pain.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Jean at Kamloops Funeral Home on Saturday April 27, at 2 PM. 285 Fortune Drive, Kamloops B.C. V2B 2H7

In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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