August 9th 1949 ~ March 9th 2015
Jacki-Roberta Graham was born on August 9th 1949 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and passed away in Chilliwack, British Columbia on March 9th 2015 after a brief illness. She was the first child born to Jack (John Robert) and Amy Almeda (ne Bayes) Graham. Jacki took pride in being a fabulous big sister to her 3 younger sisters and 2 younger brothers. With her dad in the Navy they moved many times all over Canada. She either lived in or slept in every province. This may have started the travel bug for her or maybe she was just born with it.
In Jacki’s first marriage she had Debbie & Mike. After marrying the love of her life, Julien, their son Joe was born. Their family was completed by Julien’s children from his first marriage Bob & Julie. Jacki was proud of each of her children and her grandchildren. She took pride in the accomplishments she knew her and Julien had contributed to.
Jacki was the receptionist at A3 Plumbing for most of her adult working life. After retiring she took a few hobby jobs in Balfour so she wouldn’t be bored. She was also the bookkeeper and secretary for Julien’s mobile welding business JB Welding. Her & Julien traveled as often as their schedules permitted. She loved spending time with Boogie on Kootenay Lake in their boat. After spending years visiting Balfour Jacki and Boogie moved there in 1998. Although Jacki lived in many places she chose Balfour as her home.
Jacki truly believed “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming …. WOW what a ride.” – Mark Frost.
Predeceased by her husband Julien in 2010, her father Jack in 2011 and nephew Brian in 2002. She is survived by her children: Deb (Chris), Mike (Mary), Joe (Lace), Bob & Julie, her grandchildren: Reace, Brayden, Dana (Chris), Michael (Kayla), Grady, Coen, Julien, Linken, Savannah, Jakob, great grandson: Jameson, her mother: Amy, her sisters: Bobbi (Jim), Patti (Greg), Toni (Terry), her brothers: Troy (Jen), John (Kristine), her brother-in-laws: Robert (Bernice), Xavier (Ruthanne), Felix (Norma), Rene (Helen) along with numerous nieces and nephews who knew how special they were to Auntie Jacki. She will be missed by all who knew her.
During Jacki’s last days she spent a wonderful day at the Greater Vancouver Zoo with all her children, their spouses and their children. She decided that adopting or feeding the animals at the zoo in Aldergrove was where she wanted any donations in her name to go. If friends and family so wish donations to the Greater Vancouver Zoo in honour of Jacki’s African Safari would be appreciated.
A celebration of Jacki’s life will be held Saturday April 25th at 3:00 p.m. from the Balfour Community Hall.