Charlotte Caroline Roth (nee Britton) passed away suddenly but peacefully on September 24, 2010 in Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock B.C., at the age of 82. She was born in Chilliwack, B.C. on March 21, 1928 to Elsie and Ernest Britton.
She was predeceased by her parents, five of her six brothers, her son’s wife Bonnie and her granddaughter’s husband Darryl.
She is survived by Richard or “Dick”, her husband of 62 years; four children: Jane (Bert), Kirk, Tim (Debbie) and Hilary; as well as 10 grandchildren: Zach, Alicia (Chris), Ross, Jason, Adam (Irene), Shaun, Gibson, Candace, Callum and Hamish plus two great-grandchildren Dylan and Jager and her remaining brother Tony (Renee). She is fondly remembered by many cousins, nieces and nephews and the close friends on the street they have resided on for 35 years.
Affectionately known as “Chick” or “Chickie” she spent her early years in Chilliwack working as an operator for BC Tel., where she acquired many lifelong friends.
As Dick was posted to various Armed Forces Bases around Canada, Chick and their three little children at the time, moved around the country with him. When Dick finally retired from the Forces in 1975, Dick and Chick settled down in Ocean Park, Surrey B.C. As all the older children had grown and left home it was a new life for Dick, Chick, and their youngest, Hilary.
Chick enjoyed their home on 129th street. She liked gardening outside and was known for her “green thumb” and all her indoor potted plants. She loved the various pets they had as a family, Fred, Amy and Jack. Chick enjoyed knitting, especially baby sweaters, and was an expert at word puzzles, games, and crosswords. After Dick’s retirement, they travelled across North America by van and shared the sights of the countryside together.
As the years went by vascular dementia stole Chick’s mind but not her spirit. There was always a spark of feistiness, and humour that gave us as a family hope.
Special thanks to Dr. Joshi, and the staff on 6N at Peace Arch Hospital especially Melanie, Diane, Christine, Lee, and Elisse and Heidi in Emerg.
A Celebration of Life will be held later this week in Ocean Park, Surrey and a private graveside ceremony for family only in Chilliwack at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at BC Children’s Hospital.
No more pain, no more confusion, no more reasons why. It is just peace now sweet mother of mine. We have all been changed because of your love for us Mum. We love you and will forever miss you. Rest well.