Rachel (Tony) Antoinette
It is with great sadness at the passing of Rachel Luton known as Tony Luton. She had an amazing life of 94 healthy years, with her vibrant and loving personality she was a joy to all who knew her. Lovingly remembered by her family, those here in Canada, her son Kevin from Prince Rupert, her daughter Delia and son-in-law Ernie von Schilling, three grandchildren, Colin Wilson (Teresa), Annalusie Shields (John) & Laura (Sky) Hellyer (Jason), and her amazing eight great grandchildren.
Her family in England, nieces and their husbands, Tessa and Richard Buckley, Sue and Richard Thomas, nephews and their wives, Charlie and Eve Bircham, Robin and Jane Bricham, David and Julia Clayton and many great nieces and nephews and their children.
Mum was a great traveler starting early on with trips to Europe as a girl, during WWII she served as a driver for the British Army Medical Core where she met and then married her beloved husband Kenneth and came to Canada to start a new life. Living first near White Rock and then on Salt Spring Island for 45 years. After the passing of Kenneth at age 55, Mum found healing in friendships formed with her bridge playing and travelling.
Tony visited places such as China, Australia, biblical journey to Israel, Ireland and many trips back to England to see her family. She was just back in June for a three week visit and had a grand time. Her favourite pastimes were yoga, walking, hiking, playing bridge, reading and volunteering. Many organizations benefitted from the giving of her time and energies, the following clubs on Salt Spring Island, Garden, Historical, Hiking, Weavers Guild, the Legion, and Hospice vigilance healing touch sittings. She moved to be close to her family in Courtenay and she volunteered at the Sid Williams Theatre, Evergreens Seniors Centre. Her biggest love was for her family which she spent lots of time with both here and in England. Mum will be missed.
The family wishes to thank all the compassionate staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital for their care, and Joanne Paulson from Hospice for her support.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the Comox Valley Hospice Society in her name would be appreciated. A Celebration of Tony’s Life will be held at Piercy’s Funeral Home at 2:00pm Wednesday, July 30th.