Mabel “Inez” HUNTER (nee Lewis)

Mabel “Inez’’ Hunter (nee Lewis) passed away peacefully, with her husband at her side, on December 14, 2003 at the age of 77 years. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandma, great-grandma and friend.

Inez was born October 20, 1926 in Kakabeka Falls, Ontario to George and Mabel Lewis; the youngest of five children. She was an avid fisherwoman with her older sister, Iris, in their teen years and because there were many fishing adventures, afterwards she always had a strong dislike for fish.

In 1943 at the tender age of 17 she started working on aircrafts for the Canadian Car & Foundry Co. Ltd., located in Fort Williams (Thunder Bay) Ontario. She was an expert at reading drafting plans and became an important part of their training program. She received an “Individual Merit Award” in 1945 for her outstanding contribution for building the famous “Hurricane Bombers”. After WWII she worked for Woolworths. During that time she met and fell in love with Byron Hunter.

Inez married Byron (her sweetheart) on June 17, 1948 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They had two beautiful daughters together. Jane was born in 1949 and Judy was born in 1950.

Together as a family they moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1955 and had many fond memories of their home on Hendon Dr. and the many friends they made there.

In 1966 they were blessed with a wonderful son, Frank, who kept them young and busy for many years. She worked for Woolworths as a cook and in her spare time loved bowling and was part of the Calgary Bowling League.

In 1971, Byron, Inez and Frank moved to Chilliwack, B.C. This is where they remain to this day. Inez was an active member of Cooke’s Presbyterian Church and part of the Ladies Guild. She shared her strong faith in the Lord with her family and friends.

Inez was a dedicated Ladies’ Auxiliaries, Patriarchs Militant (L.A.P.M.) She was an active member of the Ruth Rebekah Lodge #4, she was named Noble Grande in the year of 1984. Inez worked hard to make the lodge flourish and strong. Our dear Inez has left us and gone to the other side of the wall, where the garden is always beautiful.

She will be sadly missed and always remembered. Inez leaves behind her husband, Byron, her children: Jane (Grant) Lowry, Judy (Ron) Beaton, Frank (Sherry) Hunter; her grandchildren, Victor, Doreen, Charlene, Cheyenne, Ashley, Clinton and Jake; her brother, Jack Lewis; her great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents George and Mabel Lewis; her stepfather, Frank Hunter; two brothers Earl and Hugh and sister Iris.

A Memorial Service will be held at Cooke’s Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 20, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Herb Hilder officiating. Cremation, Valley Crematorium.

Donations may be made to a charity of your choice in honour of Inez.