GERRARD (nee Ralph), Isabel Mary – was born to Armitage and Dorothy Ralph in Mancelin Saskatchewan on September 21, 1917 and passed away peacefully in Nakusp, BC on October 15, 2014.
She is predeceased by her husband Ted (Edward) and her brother Ronald.
She is survived by her daughter Ellen (Tom) Pollock, her son Ralph (Katty) Gerrard, her grandsons Michael and Daniel Gerrard, great-grandchildren Nick, Leacia and Abby, sister Ida MacDonald of Abbotsford, sister in law Blanche Ralph of Surrey, and many nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Mom left the violent storms in Saskatchewan at 18 for BC where she worked on the then Queen Charlotte Islands. She worked in and around the Vancouver area and in February 1946 opened and ran “the” Hilltop Diner. She met and married “Teddy” at the diner on January 15, 1949. Dad drove trucks but after marrying Mom he started road construction. They travelled all over Southern BC in a “Trailer Town” till their kids had to go to school. Mom and Dad then became orchardists in Summerland/Penticton area. In the late 60s they moved to the Slocan Valley.
After Dad died in 1974 Mom became a traveller, tripping off to China, Japan, Australia, Hawaii, The Cook Islands, Mexico and Northern Manitoba. Mom had a camper van and took numerous trips all over Western Canada, became an avid rockhound (something Mom and Dad started in the Okanagan).
She also summered on Vancouver Island with her sister Ida at their “camp”.In 1991 Mom moved to Castlegar where she was an active member with the Ladies Auxillary to the Legion, a life member of the Old Age Pensioners and very active with the Castlegar Seniors and a driving force in the building of the Seniors Hall at the Castlegar Complex.
Mom moved to Trail and lived independently at Silver City Gardens until November 2013.
Everyone who knew Mom said, “What a sweet lady”, and she was.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, October 28th from First Presbyterian Church at 1139 Pine Avenue, Trail at 2:00pm.
As an expression of sympathy, your donations in Mom’s name to either the Salvation Army or to your church would be greatly appreciated.