Loving mother, wife, friend and long-time resident of Castlegar, BC, Ida Calderbank died peacefully with her family at her side at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. Ida is survived by son Philip, son Clive, daughter Carol, their spouses, her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is pre-deceased by her parents William and Feodore Fossett, husband Albert and sister Jeanette.
Born on a sheep farm near Napier, New Zealand, Ida had an amazing life. She worked as a midwife in England and Africa and bravely delivered over 200 babies! After immigrating to Canada in 1965 she and Albert owned/operated Caldset Groceteria and Laundret in Castlegar.
Ida loved to sew and to cook. Albert especially loved her sausage rolls. She enjoyed volunteering with St. David’s Anglican Church Women’s Auxiliary and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. She was a wonderful Mum and the most gentle, loving patient and strong person any of us has ever met. She is sadly missed by us all and we will carry her forever in our hearts.
Heartfelt thanks to the Interior Health nurses, all the staff at Castlewood Village, Rosewood Manor and the amazing staff at KBRH. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 2:00pm at St. David’s Anglican Church in Castlegar with Rev. Elizabeth Huether officiating. As an expression of Sympathy donations gratefully accepted by St. David’s Anglican Church – 614 Christina Place, Castlegar, BC V1N 2K7