Agnes Minnie North
August 20, 1933 – July 25, 2014
Agnes was predeceased by her husband Edward North in 1987; sisters, Sylvia Glandville-Smith (Gordon), Evelyn Wagner (Bill), brother, Dr. Edward Smith (Marion). She is survived by her children, Michael, Bob (Karen), Heather (Bede), Susan (Bob) and Richard (Caitlin); nieces, Debbie (Doug), Cheryl Theresa; nephews, Tony, Gary and Kevin. Special affection (from Auntie “Eggroll” Ryan); grandchildren, Sabrina, Ryan (Chelsea), Chris (Kim), Nicole, Shaun (Crystal), Kyle (Lauren), Cassandra (Tyler), Mackenzie, Kirra, Keegan and David (Jessica); great grandchildren, Peyton, Ty, Hayden and Summer; surrogate daughters, Tina and Tuyen; half sisters/brothers, Edna (Lea), Harold, Ronald and Kenneth (Priscilla). Agnes’ proudest achievement besides raising 5 children was returning to school to complete her high school education and was awarded the Robert Usher Scholarship leading her to the University of Regina where she completed her teaching degree and the University of BC where she later earned her Bachelor of Education degree. In 1969, she moved to Vancouver to marry Edward North and began her teaching career in Richmond, teaching grade 3. In 1975 they relocated to Chilliwack where Agnes accepted the position of that city’s first Hospital Homebound Teacher, until her retirement in 1999. Before Edward’s unfortunate death in 1987, they traveled extensively, including visits to Europe and Ireland. Her family in England as well as Edward’s family in his homeland of Scotland, and a favourite annual trip to Reno. Agnes loved to travel. In her later years she visited the Island of St. Kitts, Vietnam and Australia. Besides her love for teaching she had a veracious appetite for learning, her latest passion to learn Spanish. Above all else, family came first and foremost. her friendships, which were many, were of quality and loyalty. She will be remembered by all with love, respect and pride. Rest well Mom…you were loved!
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 at 1:00pm, Sardis Fellowship Baptist Church, 45187 Wells Rd., Chilliwack.