Edith Mary (nee NEWCOMBE)

August 18, 1925 – October 15, 2015

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Edith Mary Humphreys at Cascade Hospice in Chilliwack, with family at her side. She was diagnosed with cancer on October 6th and fought a short courageous battle. Mom was predeceased by her beloved husband Peter of 63 years in 2011. She is lovingly remembered by her three sons, John (Colleen), Walter (Randi) and Peter (Elaine), 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Recently family and friends celebrated her 90th birthday. Edith was born to Walter and Mary Newcombe in Victoria, BC and was the great granddaughter of renowned anthropologist, Dr. Charles Newcombe. She graduated from Oak Bay High School in 1943 and from the Royal Jubilee Nursing School in 1946. While nursing at the Hospital in Zebellos, BC, Mom met the local BC Provincial Police officer, Peter Humphreys. They were married on September 18, 1948. During her career, Mom nursed in Victoria, Zebellos, Kelowna, Kamloops, Hope and Chilliwack. Mom and Dad retired in Chilliwack in 1982 and enjoyed many years as “snowbirds” in Yuma, Arizona, golfing, camping trips in their motorhome and travelling to many locations throughout the world. Even in retirement, Mom remained a caregiver to many family members and friends. Mom was a volunteer with the National Association of Federal Retirees, a member of the Red Hat Society, Chilliwack Senior Resources, a Life Member of the Chilliwack General Hospital and a member of St. Thomas Anglican Church. Recently she was recognized by the RCMP as an “Unpaid Second Man” for duties performed by the wives of RCMP members posted to small rural Detachments. A celebration of Edith’s life will be held in the Spring of 2016. Details will be announced when the arrangements have been made. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at


Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home

45865 Hocking Avenue, Chilliwack BC



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