Iola Mae BATES

Feb. 14, 1923 – Mar. 13, 2010

It is with great sadness, but with thanks to God for a life well lived, that we announce the death of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and good friend to many.

Mom was born on the family farm in Brae, PEI, the middle of three daughters born to Robert and Ella Oulton. Her schooling was at the one-room schoolhouse in Brae followed by a year of business college in Charlottetown. In 1942 she moved to Montreal to live with an aunt and uncle and work at Simpson’s department store. Mom met Dad in Montreal and they were married on Dec. 29, 1945 after Dad came home from overseas and resumed working with the TD Bank. Dad’s career took the family to Vancouver in 1967, then to Toronto in 1972. Dad retired from the bank in 1984 and in 1990 Mom and Dad moved to Chilliwack.

Mom had the most honourable of jobs – that of a stay-at-home wife and mom – and she excelled at it. At each of the places they lived, Mom was very active in the Presbyterian church they attended. Mom was also involved with Brownies and Guides in Vancouver and Toronto. Mom loved to entertain and over the years many family and friends enjoyed meals and hospitality in their home.

Mom was predeceased by Roy, her husband of 62 years, in 2007 and by her younger sister, Ferne, in 2009. She is survived by her older sister, Gwen, by children Don (Joyce), Norm (Mary) and Carol (Bruce), grandchildren Kevin (Heather), Heather (Andrew), Steve (Jessica), Tim (Jenn), Rob (Christine), Dan (Tegan), Scott, Allison and John, great-grandchildren Emma, David, Colin, Chloe, Bridget and Callum and by nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family wants to offer special thanks to Dr. Julia Bright, who provided exceptional care to Mom, and to the staff and volunteers at Cascade Hospice for their tremendous care and compassion to Mom and the family. Thanks, too, to the family members of other Hospice patients for sharing our journey. Chilliwack is truly blessed to have Cascade Hospice!

A celebration of Mom’s life will be held at Cooke’s Presbyterian Church at 1:30 pm on Saturday, March 27, 2010. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Carcinoid NeuroEndocrine Tumour Society Canada (www.cnetscanada.org) or to the Chilliwack Hospice Society.