It’s hard to believe our mother and grandmother has passed on. Alma Adeline King (nee Holland) has joined her husband, Orville King, her parents, Daniel & Pauline Holland and her siblings, Hilda (Baltakis), Irene (Folland), Leonard, Arnold, & Richard Holland.
She was a New Year’s baby, born Jan. 1/1922. Every trip to Mabel Lake revealed another story from her childhood. They were homesteaders, not strangers to hard work and living off the land. Life was difficult, but they knew how to make the most of it and Alma in her strength and stoic nature offered this to family and friends.
She was an amazing self taught seamstress. Her grand children were blessed with clothes she made, from pajamas to prom gowns. Her green house produced trays of plants for all of us. Her knitting kept us warm and a visit from Grandma included bags of homemade perogies and baking. She combed through flyers and knew a good deal. When sugar, flour and soup were on sale, we’d receive it on our next visit. Her children, Jim King and Margaret Bloor-King and her grand children, Mandy King, Jason King, Susan Bloor and Melanie Pinet were blessed with the generosity, love and support of this wonderful woman.
She had the ability to put out abundant amounts of good food in a short time, from cooking at Ferguson’s Sawmill at Sugar Lake, to helping with Meals to Wheels and beating up pancake batter for OAP Pancake breakfasts. She was awarded a Life Membership in the British Columbia Old Age Pensioner’s Organization, Lumby branch, for her loyal, dedicated and devoted services. Alma always loved playing crib and met her match playing with her friend, Pat Mackie. They kept a tally of games and shared in a lot of laughs.
We celebrated her ninetieth birthday at Eagle Valley Lodge in Sicamous, her home for the last year of her life. She had hopes to make it to 100 but an infection hospitalized her and complications were too great to overcome.
The family would like to thank Dr. Beever, Dr. Lourens, staff at Bastion Place, Salmon Arm and the Eagle Valley Housing Society of Sicamous for helping us care for our mom.
As requested by Alma, there won’t be a service.
Arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. EMAIL condolences and share memories at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.