1935 – 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Vicki on September 27, 2016 at her home in Vernon, BC.
She is sorely missed by her husband of 58 years, Bob; daughters Carmen (Bill Kirkland), Lorri Dodds – Irving, and Patty all of Vernon; granddaughters Jessica Kirkland, Ali Kirkland and Katie Coles (Rob Hunt), all of Vernon, and Tammy (Ryan Risling) of Lethbridge, AB; great-granddaughter Kristina Risling of Lethbridge, AB; sister Sheron Blewett, of White Rock, BC, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Vicki was predeceased by her parents, Tom and Betty (nee Thornton) Becker, sister, Phyllis Brett, and brother, Frank Becker.
Mom’s family were early North Okanagan Pioneers who pre-empting land in the Lansdowne area of Spallumcheen in 1873. One great grandparent, Anna (nee Haack) Clinton, arrived in 1885 and another, Charles Becker, arrived in 1896 to work as head miller in the Armstrong Flour Mill. Mom jokingly lamented that it was a challenge for her being a kid in Armstrong because, living amongst so many relatives, any bad behaviour would inevitably have been reported to her parents by the time she got home.
Mom’s parents had just returned to Armstrong from Barriere, BC, when she was born, however, it was decided that her mother should go into the hospital in Vernon for Mom’s birth in May of 1935. The family returned to Barriere for a short time, then moved to Monte Lake and Paxton Valley where her father worked in various sawmills. Not long after the outbreak of WWII the family again returned to Armstrong before moving onto Vancouver. In January of 1941 Mom’s father joined the R.C.A.F. and was initially sent to the Technical Training School in St. Thomas, ON. The family followed, once travel documents could be secured, and lived in the village of Glanworth for only a few months before her father was assigned to work at the No. 3 Service Flying Training School in Calgary, AB. Mom started school in Calgary and the family did not return to Armstrong again until the summer of 1945.
Mom was athletic and loved the outdoors. She was involved in Brownies and Guides and became a Guide Leader. She worked in both the Armstrong Post Office and Bank of Commerce while attending High School and, immediately following the writing of her last high school English exam, moved to Vancouver to attend Art School. After completing Art School Mom moved to Quesnel for a short time to do commercial art for a local newspaper. She returned to Vancouver and was working in one of the branches of the Bank of Commerce as a teller when she was held up by a lone bank robber. Later she moved to Kamloops and worked as a housekeeper at the Tranquille tuberculosis sanatorium. After returning to Armstrong Mom again worked at the Bank of Commerce and married Dad in June of 1958. She belonged to the Daughters of the Nile as well as the Kinnette Club before we moved to Vernon in 1969.
From home remodelling and landscaping to sketching and painting, Mom mastered anything she turned her hand to. Her art work was featured in the Armstrong Spallumcheen Art Gallery in 1997 and she undertook several private commissions.
In addition to her paintings, one of her most cherished items is a Victorian doll house furnished with her handmade furniture and accessories.
Mom was a very private person and, at her request, no funeral will be held. Interment will take place at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Columbarium at a future date. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in her memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Our family would like to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude for the friendship and caring attention of Dr. Kobus le Roux, Marcia and Debbie at Nolan’s Clinic Pharmacy and our many dear friends who came forward to help at such a difficult time. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca
Cremation arrangements entrusted to ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES® Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866