“…and we will also love you forever.”
Elsie passed away peacefully, taking her last breath at the age of 82 at the Cascade Hospice on March 2, 2014 after surviving for two weeks following a hemorrhagic stroke. Mom, along with her brother George, was born a twin to a large family in Rycroft, Alberta on May 22, 1931. She left home at a very early age to live with her sister Anne in Edmonton and worked as a waitress until she obtained employment working in a mining camp kitchen in Yellowknife. Later, in a mining camp in BC, she met her future husband, Jim. They were married in Kaslo 1952. In the early years of their marriage they moved to many communities and jobs throughout BC before finally settling in Sardis in 1960. Following a brief foray to Mackenzie they moved back to Sardis two blocks from where they originally settled. A few years after the death of her husband she sold her home and moved into an apartment, still in Sardis, where she spent her remaining years playing bingo, watching the ducks and geese at Sardis Park and going to the mall for seven up and scones with her friend James. Elsie is survived by her son Jim (Jody); her daughter Ellen Bone (Tom); granddaughter Ellery; grandson Faukes; two brothers in Alberta and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her good friend James Knight. She was predeceased by her husband, James Barclay Strachan in 1991 and many of her brothers and sisters. Elsie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and “the Skip-Bo Queen of the World”. Many thanks go to the doctors and caregivers of 4 South Chilliwack General Hospital, Cascade Hospice and Henderson’s Funeral Home for seeing to the post-mortem arrangements. There will be no service by request.