MARY ELLEN CURNOW (MCELROY) 1930 — 2022

MARY ELLEN CURNOW (MCELROY)

Born January 24, 1930 in new Westminster as the only child to David Lawrence McElroy and Georgina McElroy (Kent.) As an infant they moved to Highland Valley to ranch where she grew into a true pioneer learning to do everything at a young age. In 1942 they acquired the Highland Valley lodge with her family guiding guests through the area with her string of horses often caught from the wild herds, she knew the highland valley and Pimainus plateau like the back of her hand.

Predeceased by her husband Ron Curnow. They had acquired the Curnow ranch from his aunt where they made their home and ran a successful business of raising quality cattle, horses, hay, and sweet corn. She was a respected horse breeder and known for her quality cattle. Running cattle on the Pimainus plateau where she would spend much of her life riding, advocating, and spending countless hours at the lakes with her friends. She was happiest out in the hills on a horse. When ever she could she would go team penning, barrel racing, or to gymkhanas.

Having no kids of her own she enjoyed visits from nieces and nephews and friends where she could tell her stories and always getting a laugh. She is predeceased by her sister-in-law Shirley Curnow and survived by her brother-in-law and sisters-in-law; Les (Bridgette) Curnow, Muriel Dennison, Joyce Walkem and many generations of nieces and nephews. Mary passed away peacefully August 2, 2022 at the age of 92. She is beloved by many and will be fondly remembered for her generosity, sense of humor, laughter, stories, and teachings. A celebration of life will be held at the Curnow Ranch August 27, 2022 at 1pm at the Curnow Ranch 10300 Merritt spences bridge hwy.

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ELSIE GEORGINA VERA PASSMORE 1934 — 2022

ELSIE GEORGINA VERA PASSMORE

Elsie Passmore, 88 of Kamloops, BC, passed away on August 9, 2022 at home surrounded with love and family.

Elsie was born on March 3, 1934 to
Alex and Hilda Antypovich in
Witchekan, Saskatchewan.

She brought much joy and laughter
into this world.

Elsie married Charles Passmore and they had 4 children: Charles, James, Vera and Darrell. Family came first. A value she instilled in all these around her. The hole left by her absence is impossible to fill. Our mother was one of the strongest, kindest, bravest and sweetest women to walk this earth
and our family was blessed to have her as head of the family.
She was loved by many people.

Elsie was predeceased by her father Alex, mother Hilda and brother Victor. She is survived by her four children, nineteen grand children, twenty-three great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, brothers Ed and Walter, sister Doris, and numerous nieces and nephews.

All will miss this kind, witty and supportive sweet lady.

Viewing will be between 9:00am-10:00am.
Funeral Service will be held, Saturday, August 20th, 2022 at 10:00am in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel.

For family and friends who are not able to attend the service,
please call or text
Vera 250-376-9776
Helen at 250-319-7234,\
for a live stream link to the service.

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SYLVIA ROSE (NEE HARPER) FERGUSON 1916 — 2022

SYLVIA ROSE (NEE HARPER) FERGUSON

On August 9, 2022, our beloved Mother passed away at the wonderful age of 106 years old. She loved and was loved by her family. We will miss her so much.

Predeceased by her husband Douglas of 68 years. Sylvia is survived by children Joan (John) and Alan (Dian), grandchildren Brad and Wendy, and many generations of extended family.

Sylvia’s family wish to thank Dr. Jason O’Connell and the Hamlets Westsyde for their friendship and excellent care over the years. A private graveside will be held at a later date.

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LAURA JEAN GRAHAM 1954 — 2022

LAURA JEAN GRAHAM

It is with great sadness that the family of Laura Jean Graham announces her passing on July 26th, 2022 in Kamloops, BC at the age of 67.  Laura was born in Vancouver on November 3rd, 1954.

She is survived by her son Graham Hendry of Vancouver; her siblings Mike (Sharon) Graham of Coquitlam and Nancy (Michael) Sharkey of Gibsons; her nephews Russell and Rhys Sharkey; stepchildren Paul (Lisa) Rodd [their daughter, Olivia], Courtney (Benjamin) Rodd, and Ben Rodd; and countless family friends, ladies’ golf partners, and PEO sisters. Laura was predeceased by her parents Shirley (2012) and Gordon Graham (2015), and her second husband Gordon Rodd (2021).

Laura was a strong-willed, passionate, and creative soul. At a young age, she spent countless hours at the rink honing her figure skating skills. Early mornings, with a chocolate bar in hand, this is where Laura practiced and started to perfect her work ethic, her driven nature, and her determined attitude.

Spending most of her formative years growing up in Vancouver, Edmonton and Chilliwack, Laura set out for the University of Victoria, after a trip to the States helped her choose between pursuing a career in fashion or education. Once earning her undergraduate degree in Honours English, she spent the next 6 months backpacking in Europe with some friends.  Upon returning home, Laura taught a few years in Hope, B.C. before moving to Kamloops where she met her first husband, Wayne Hendry, and she spent the remainder of her career, teaching anything from Textiles, Physical Education to English Literature- her passion.  Upon entry into administration, Laura could not leave the classroom behind and taught small classes of English Literature at NorKam (as a vice principal) and Valleyview (as principal) so the programs could get up off the ground; never skipping an opportunity to dress up as Queen Elizabeth, she would encourage the students to don traditional garments and have an Elizabethan feast.  Whether it was the countless hours she spent sewing costumes for school productions, helping sponsor school sports teams, or coaching and encouraging her son’s various sporting endeavours, Laura was always keen to lend a helping hand. She was also extremely proud of coming from a family of educators and cherished that her son followed in the family footsteps.

The family cabin at Loon Lake- built by Laura’s grandparents- offered up a great place for respite between each school year. It was a place that family and friends cherish many memories of Laura: during the day sun tanning and fishing on the pontoon boat, in the evenings around the campfire, and at any point around the table playing a rousing game of cards.  Laura’s determined nature prompted the rebuild efforts after the original cabin was lost to the wildfires in 2017.

Retirement brought on several new opportunities for Laura.  She found love again with her second husband, Gord- whom she married in the summer of 2011- and created a new home in Sun Rivers in 2015. Laura continued to give back in terms of her involvement in the local PEO chapter, as well as helped organize Ladies’ golf nights at Big Horn Golf & Country Club.  Retirement also offered up the opportunity to travel more, whether it be to Hawaii, Mexico, or Largo, Florida to escape the Thompson Okanagan winters. She was able to devote more time to family, support her aging parents and cheer on the younger generation- earning her nickname “Auntie Camera” – as an enthusiastic photographer of events, gatherings and family milestones.

‘…People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ – Maya Angelou

There will be a Celebration of Life held in the Summer of 2023.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an educational charity of your choice or to the G.W. Graham Endowment Entrance Scholarship (established by Laura’s grandfather) at the University of the Fraser Valley here https://connect.ufv.ca/give-to-ufv. If you have inquiries on your gift in honor of Laura, please call Anita Nielsen at 604-851-6300.

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GERALD GORDON VAILLANCOURT 1939 — 2022

GERALD GORDON VAILLANCOURT

It is with great sadness that we announce Gerald Vaillancourt born June 10, 1939 who is loved and respected by many passed the night of August 7. His wife of 58 years Ginny was by his side as he departed as were his daughter Candace and Son-in-law Tom. He left the world surrounded by love It is hard to sum up such a great man, loving husband and supportive father in a few words.

A dedicated loving husband to Ginny. Caring gentle father to Linda (Bart), Gordon (Bev), Raymond (Becky) and Candace (Tom). He was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Gerald was a kind and gentle man of few words who exuded compassion with every person he encountered. His wife Ginny was his great love and his best friend. He was the silent strength by her side as she buzzed around with never ending energy. He was the calm that centered her through life’s ups and downs.

Unconditional love with gentle guidance was how he fathered each of us children/grandchildren. Taking the time to get to know each of us as individuals and gently guiding us to grow at our own pace. Developing us as strong independent individuals who were free to be ourselves as we always knew we had the support of this strong man to fall back on.

He liked to be out in nature as much as possible fishing, hunting and rodeos. He developed deep and life long friendships as he was the type of man who always had your back.

We love you and will carry your lessons forward. You have returned to nature the place you love the most. You will be missed.

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