1928 – 2012. I have left you now. Remember me fondly and know that I loved you. I lived a wonderful life, the kind a young girl might dream of. I was born in Toronto and had a lot of fun as a kid growing up in Princeton and Vancouver. I did well in school, graduated with honours from UBC, and became a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
I re-entered the work force once my children were self-sufficient and retired as the assistant to the vice-president at BCIT. I loved all types of recreation, including running, skiing, tennis, boating and especially singing out-of-tune around a campfire. Then I began to forget the words to the songs. In my later years, dementia took over. Some might say I suffered from Alzheimer’s. But I didn’t. Those who loved me suffered; I simply ebbed. Thanks to the efforts of my loving family, particularly my husband, I was fortunate to complete my life in the comfort of my own home where I had lived for the past 30 years.
I am survived by my husband of 58 years Richard Chapman IV; sons, Richard Chapman V (Avril) and Gordon Calhoun (Hanh); grandchildren Heather and Derek (Ayako); great‑grandchildren Sarah and Sean, siblings Ann, Louis, Laurence and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
I was predeceased by parents Michael Gabriel (Gabe) and Mary Isabel (Molly); and siblings Lillian, Jim, Patricia, Eleanor and Ken. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to my friends at the Alzheimer’s Society of BC or Dying with Dignity. Their work will go a long way to helping future generations.