Fanny Padgham (nee Wright)
Fanny Padgham, 96, of Chilliwack BC, passed away November 12, 2016 at Chilliwack General Hospital. She was the loving wife of Alexander Victor Padgham, who predeceased her (2015). Fanny is survived by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and her younger sister Margaret Corbett. Fanny was born in Kirkinner, Scotland, on June 9, 1920 to William and Fanny Wright. Carried by the Montcalm, she landed with her family on the shores of New Brunswick on April 23, 1927. Although here accent dimmed, she never lost her love of Scotland or her enthusiasm for Hogmanay. Her family settled in a modest homestead in Copeau, Saskatchewan. Growing up on the prairies as the eldest daughter with six siblings provided Fanny with many wonderful memories and she would often regale us with stories of their wee “hoose” and with remembrances of life on Canada’s beautiful prairies. Fanny married Victor Padgham on September 28, 1939 in Copeau, Saskatchewan. After Victor completed his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, they settled in Chilliwack. She loved playing games, had a mischievous sense of humour, embraced and often took in and cared for her friends and family, and excelled at baseball. When she stopped playing baseball herself, she delighted in the athletic successes of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren whether on the track or the rink. Fanny was a proud parent, grandmother, and great grandmother and a proud Canadian. Fanny Padgham dedicated her life to God, her family, and the Salvation Army Community Church. She treasured times with her family. Her dining room table was often overflowing with our favourite dishes: scalloped potatoes, roast ham and beef, corn, feather buns, and everyone’s favourite, shortbread. Her freezer seemed like it had no bottom and it supplied endless quantities of butter tarts, pies and squares. Everyone was welcomed into her circle of love. In her own quiet way, Fanny provided a source of refuge to so many. Everyone who knew her recognized her service to others, her culinary skills, her wit, her brilliant smile, her inner strength, her ability to overlook (or seemingly not notice) your failings, and her never ending love and support. During her final five years at Hampton House in Chilliwack, Fanny continued to find comfort in daily interactions with others. The staff and care aides at Hampton House greatly enhanced her quality of life during those years. The family would like to thank Dr. D Esau and the staff at the Chilliwack General Hospital ER and the Third Floor North for their extraordinary care and compassion. They would also like to thank the Salvation Army Community Church members for their prayers and their never-ending support throughout Fanny’s life. The family is honouring Fanny Padgham’s request not to have a funeral. Memorial donations may be made in her honour to one of her favourite charities, the Chilliwack Salvation Army Food Bank.
May she rest in peace.