April 22, 1921 – Nov 29, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thelma Abbott, age 90, on November 29, 2011, at Valleyhaven in Chilliwack. She went peacefully to her Lord after suffering a major stroke.
Thelma was predeceased by her parents Vic and Pearl Brown and two brothers, Hal and Gordon. Left missing her terribly is Bob Abbott, her loving husband of nearly 69 years. She is also lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Gay (Allen) Jacobi, Wendy (Dale) Warr and Vicky (Henry) Beckmann; grandchildren, Darnell McCullagh, Trevor Jacobi, Lisa (Gordon) Ponak, and Heidi (Dave) Blundell; great-grandchildren, Blair and Cole McCullagh, Caleb and Abby Blundell and Ashley and Tyle Ponak.
Mum was born in Manor, Saskatchewan in 1921. During her high school years she enjoyed singing both in a ladies’ trio and the church choir. After attending business college in Winnipeg and working for the Canadian Wheat Board, Mum married the love of her life, Bob Abbott, on New Year’s day in 1943.
Baking, gardening and later painting were Mum’s passions and she managed to master all three of them. She and dad spent many happy hours working on their property on Yale Road and later on Chilliwack Mountain (fondly called Abbott Acres).
A positive spirit and a kind, loving nature were her most endearing qualities. We all have warm, happy memories of wonderful family dinners and, more lasting, the many paintings she left for us to enjoy for years to come.
Our family is extremely grateful for the love and care given to Mum during her stay at Valleyhaven and to us this past week.
A celebration of life will be held at Chilliwack Alliance Church on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to Hungry for Life International, 1-45950 Alexander Ave., Chilliwack, BC, V2P 1L5.