Valerie Joan WHETTER

Valerie Joan WHETTER

(nee May)

Born in Victoria, November 1919, Valerie Whetter passed away at the Cascade Hospice in Chilliwack on July 29, 2011 at age 91 years. Valerie was the eldest child of Arthur and Gladys May. She was educated in Vancouver and Chilliwack and went on to work for the Bank of Montreal.

During the war she and a friend left the bank and joined the Women’s Land Army working on Black Mountain Ranch in Kelowna. Following the war, she worked for the Chilliwack School Board office, remaining there for 35 years.

Val was a founding member of the Cultus Lake Memorial Church, dedicated in 1948, and was the secretary/treasurer for many years. She was also a member of the Vancouver Natural History Society, attending a number of wilderness camps.

Val also was a founding member of the Chilliwack Field Naturalists and the Chilliwack Camera Club. She was active with the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, the Red Hat Ladies and the #164 Cultus Lake OAP. An avid wildlife photographer, she won many contests with her pictures and had a number of them accepted for display in the National Collection of Natural History, in Ottawa.

In 1990, Val married Dr. Reg Whetter and was predeceased by him in 2001. She was also predeceased by her sister Margaret Ann (May) Taylor; brother-in-law Reg Taylor; sister-in-law Nancy May; and nephew John Taylor.

She is survived by her brother, Doug May; Doug Taylor; O’Byrne Taylor and family; Dr. Alan (Gail) Whetter and Grace Whetter and families.

A Memorial Service for Val will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm from the Chapel of Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave., Chilliwack, BC. Rev. Weldon Holland and ­Major Angus Haggarty ­presiding. Refreshments will follow the service.

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