Marlon-Lambert; Elfrida Vivien (nee Plimmer)
March 16, 1918 – February 25, 2015
Elfrida was born in London, England and came to Canada as a War Bride in June of 1945. She was a very creative individual. She could be found doing pottery, painting, fabric sculpture, weaving, drawing and poetry. Her favourite field was weaving for which she won a number of national awards. Much of her artwork was inspired by animals and nature. She was also one of the first organic farmers first, on Lulu Island and at the farm in Ryder Lake. She raised free-range flocks of geese, chickens, turkeys, pigs, Charolais cattle, goats and most recently, llamas. The llamas provided company and lots of fleece for her weaving. Elfrida loved all animals with the exception of domestic cats. She was happiest driving her tractor around her Elk View farm followed by a trail of dogs and llamas. Her father taught Elfrida how to drive during her late teens. During her life she drove all manner of vehicles including large farm lorries. She continued to drive into her eighties. Elfrida attended Roedean school and was enrolled in art school when World War II started. It was at an art class where she met her husband, David, at an Art School course in England in 1942. She was in the Women’s Land Army and he was in the Canadian Army Overseas. David was later an eminent BC potter and ceramicist. He pre-deceased Elfrida in 1985. Elfrida raised four children: James, Jonathan, Jeremy and June. She had 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. The farm was the hub of life for Elfrida. She loved living surrounded by her animals, art and gardens. Elfrida was still active and running the farm into her eighties. She lived her life on her own terms and with her own unique “style.” Elfrida passed away a few weeks ago short of her 97th birthday in Chilliwack. A Tea in honour of her life will be held on March 16, 2015 at the Chilliwack Airport Cafe from 2:00 until 3:30 pm. Online condolences may be offered at www.woodlawn-mtcheam.ca.
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