We lost our dear mother, Edna May (Massey) James, on June 30, 2013 at the age of 96 years, in Salmon Arm, BC.
Born in Walsall, England, May 14, 1917, her family moved to Calgary, Alberta then eventually settling in Nelson, BC around 1920. Besides her schooling, Edna attended the Church of Redeemers, Girl Guides and a member of the Young Peoples Association and the Nelson Operatic Society. Edna loved track, especially high jumping and team relay running at school meets, she also loved the water, swimming and boating, continuing this into her early 90’s. She lived to walk, putting many many miles on her feet. She always enjoyed “getting out there” to hike the Mountains and pick huckleberries.
In 1942 Edna married Edward Lloyd James in Vancouver. Moving to the farm at Mable Lake area in 1950, then it was off to Merritt in 1962, then to Kamloops in 1965 where she worked as a cook for the Woodwards store. Upon retiring in 1974 they moved to White Lake, where she spent many hours with her flowers, gardening, and doing some traveling. After 23 years they moved to Salmon Arm in 1997, she will always be missed.
Predeceased by her husband, Lloyd in 1999, sisters, Kathleen in 1992, Eva in 2005, and her son in law Floyd in 2005.
Edna is survived by her loving and dedicated family; sons, Alan (Bonnie) of Merritt, Terry (Gayle) of Kamloops, daughter, Wendy Boyd of White Lake; 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
A celebration of life service was held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, on Saturday afternoon, July 6th at 2 p.m. with Jack Bowers the funeral celebrant. Cremation with interment in the family plot in Mt. Ida Cemetery, followed by a reception in the Mountainside room at Bowers.
The family wish to thank Dr. L. Hepburn, the outstanding staff at both the Shuswap Lodge and Mt. Ida Mews, and all the Community Care Aids that helped mom.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, 729 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2B5
On lines condolences may be sent to Edna’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.