Therese Alice Yvette Kendrick passed away on Friday the 20th of April at her home in Chilliwack, BC, Canada at the age of 74.
Therese is survived by her husband, Alan Kendrick; her son, Ian Kendrick; daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Kendrick; granddaughter, Amy Kendrick; son, Stefan Kendrick; daughter, Laura Apps and son-in-law Wayne Apps. She was predeceased by her father, Albert Francois Filoux; her mother Alice Marie Filoux (nee Gallis); her twin brother Albert Filoux and sister Cecile Angele Charron.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday the 25th of April 2007 at St. Mary’s Church in Chilliwack, Father Paul presiding.
Therese was born on the 17th of April 1933 in the small village of Denneville in Normandy, France. She took a job as a nanny in Paris and also worked as clerk in a wine shop. Later, in her twenties, she took the big step of moving to England taking a job as a nurse’s aid at Wittingham Hospital in Lancashire, not knowing a word of English. Here she met Alan Kendrick whom she married in 1962. Two years and several moves later, their first son, Ian,was born, followed two years later by their second son, Stefan.
Taking another big step in 1967, the family moved to Canada where they settled in Kamloops, BC. A year later their daughter, Laura, was born.
After living in numerous types of accommodation, they bought and built their first house in 1970. At this time, Therese worked as both a nurse’s aid and an Avon lady as well as boarding and caring for several mentally handicapped persons.
In 1973, Therese and her family made what would turn out to be their final move to Chilliwack, BC. In Chilliwack, Therese raised her children, worked as a volunteer in the Meals on Wheels program, became a cub scout leader and volunteered to teach French at her children’s school, St. Mary’s.
She traveled back to France on numerous occasions, and also traveled to Beijing and Melbourne. In 1981, Therese began working as a Home Support Worker, a job she loved and which she worked at until she retired 17 years later.
A strong woman, Therese never failed to stand up for herself and others and would always be willing to help anyone in anyway she could.