We regretfully announce the peaceful passing of Ivy Newbery (nee Baskill) on May 21, 2015, in Enderby, BC.
Ivy was born April 9, 1925 to John Oliver and Elsie Baskill. She was fourth in the line of five children and her father was very resourceful at feeding a large family in wartime. Ivy helped him tend his numerous greenhouses; she took tomatoes and cucumbers to her workplace to sell them (three for a penny!) and often went fishing on the river Trent with her younger brother David. They would add these fish to the pond in their backyard to ensure fresh fish for dinner.
The pond was off limits, and, according to Ivy, nice and cool and about neck deep! As a young teenager, Ivy often did the weekly bread run with her best friend, Barbara Deeman. Barbara would drive the horse and wagon and she and Ivy would deliver fresh baked loaves throughout Nottingham and the countryside. Ivy was a very busy imaginative child and her mother took in extra sewing for money to put Ivy in tap, ballet and ice skating lessons to keep her occupied. Ivy and her older sister, Marjorie, would often delight neighbours with their weekly cleaning of the household stairs as their voices rang out in harmonious song while cleaning and polishing the three long flights of stairs.
Ivy had an extraordinary life growing up and working during the war years. She worked for several years in the Players Cigarette Factory in Nottingham and often recalled her elder brothers lying in wait to claim her weekly free allotment of cigarettes on Fridays. As she was a non-smoker at the time, she let them get away with it. Ivy spoke often of her next job of running the large complicated knitting machines (she was in charge of seven of them at once) that made the yards of wool cloth that were sewn into sweaters for the Air Force. Wool scraps were very dear and hoarded to be re-knitted into family clothing. Her love of knitting came from these experiences.
Ivy continued to be active and it was through her ice skating that she became involved in ice dancing and became better acquainted with a young man who needed a new ice dance partner. This young man was William Oliver Newbery. She knew him as the son of the local grocer and she and her friends would often stop in at the shop for sweets before a picture show or for an ice cream cone. They were in and out of each other’s lives for many years before he realized what a treasure she was and proposed marriage.
Bill and Ivy skated together competitively and successfully. They married in 1954 and moved to Canada in 1956 where they settled in Vancouver and lovingly raised two boys, William Brent and John Oliver. After the boys grew up and moved away, life led Ivy and Bill to the Okanagan for their retirement years and, in Penticton, they enjoyed line dancing, swimming, cards, entertaining, and life with many friends. Like any good British girl, the coffee was always on. Ivy and Bill settled in West Kelowna and Bill eventually passed in 2007. Ivy continued to enjoy a good game of bingo, a Canucks game on TV, “Dancing with the Stars”, gardening, puzzles, and of course, knitting. She had many friends and will be missed by all. Ivy never stopped being a Mum and always ensured that everyone was fed and well looked after. We will miss the world’s best grilled cheese sandwiches.
Ivy will be dearly missed by her surviving sibling, elder sister Dorothy Marjorie Soar; sons, William Brent (Kathy) and John Oliver (Janet); grandchildren: Scott (Kristina), Tanis, and Stephanie; great granddaughter Keira; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends throughout the UK.
All who knew Ivy understood that “she never wanted to make a fuss” so, in respect of her wishes, she will be cremated and her sons will privately place her ashes next to Bill’s at Lakeview Cemetery in Kelowna. There Ivy and Bill will have a view of the lake and can watch the planes coming and going together. There will not be a service or memorial at this time.
The family would like to extend thanks to the angels at Parkview Place in Enderby for their extraordinary care of Ivy in her final year. Mum made many friends during her time there. A special thank you to Dr. America for her gentle manner and deep consideration and care for the residents at Parkview Place.
Ivy loved animals and always spoke with great fondness of the cats of her childhood in Nottingham. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the animal care society of your choice — or go for a nice drive, pick up fish and chips and remember her with love.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 4333. Condolences may
be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com