Ines Gertrude TOLMIE

(Sep. 6, 1929 – Mar. 28, 2009)

Mom passed away peacefully at Chilliwack General Hospital in her 80th year, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Trochu, Alberta, and was the eldest of four children born to Eric and Sophie Jacob. Her family moved to Chilliwack when she was three, and she grew up on a farm on Tyson Road.

After finishing Grade 8, Mom went on to business college to take a secretarial course.

Upon completion of her training, she worked at the business college, an insurance company, and was a teller at the Bank of Montreal.

Ines married Jim Tolmie in Bellingham, WA on December 24, 1948. Jim and Ines spent several years in the United States, having the

first five of their nine children there. They finally settled at the “ranch” in the Chilliwack River Valley in 1962.

Her final four children were born in Chilliwack.

Although Mom’s greatest joy was her family, she also enjoyed cake decorating, gardening, traveling, and volunteering for sunshine Drive Occupational Centre, now known as the Chilliwack Society for Community Living. In addition, she managed to do the bookkeeping and payroll for the family logging business until 1995.

Mom was well known for her culinary talents that delighted many. Some of our favourites included doughnuts and maple bars, freshly-baked bread and cookies, cinnamon rolls, doughdodgers, and pies — too many favourites to name. There was always room at the table for anyone who stopped by, and they never left hungry. Even today, the great-grandchildren know where the cookie cupboard is.

In 1984, Mom was diagoned with Parkinson’s disease. Even as the disease progressed, Mom kept her positive attitude by findingstrength in God. Although it affected her quality of life, she never let it get her down for long.

Mom will be missed by her sons: Michael (Helen), Brent (Christel), Eric (Kathy), and Tim (Bev); daugthers: Becki, Susan, Margie (Daren), Kristy (Mark), and son-in-law Randy (Candice); 24 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; her brother Verne (Lorraine), her sister Anne (Rhys), as well as many extended family members and friends.

She was pre-deceased by her parents, her brother Fred, her daughter Candice, and her loving husband Jim.

Mom will be remembered for her gentle spirit, unconditional love her never-ending willingness to help others, and as a trusted confidante to many. She will be forever in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson Society of BC (www.parkinson.bc.ca), or to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (www.bcchf.ca, destination Pediatric Neuro Surgery).

A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at 3:00 pm at the Chilliwack Alliance Church, 8700 Young Road.

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