Edna Margaret Almond
With deep sadness we announce the passing of Edna Margaret Almond at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC, on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the age of 91.
Edna was born in Souris, PEI, on May 30, 1923 and was the eldest child of St. Clair and Matilda Paquet. She was predeceased by her husband of over 54 years, Kenneth Alexander Almond, her son Douglas Stewart Almond at the age of 33 and her granddaughter, Kimberly Michelle Almond at the age of 20, as well as her parents and many other family members.
She is survived by son Ken, his wife Dana, his daughter Lisa (Xavier) and Lisa’s mother Dianne, daughter Claire, her husband John and children John, Jerry, Kerri (Ceri), Wayne and Daniel, daughter Catherine and children Ryan and Jennifer (Robert) and grandson Douglas Jr. as well as numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her loving siblings, Grace, Elinor, Claire and Alan (Maureen) and their families, all living in the Maritimes. Grandma loved all of her family but particularly took great joy in her grand and great-grandchildren. She was so proud of each and every one of them.
Edna, our dear mom and grandmother, was a true Prince Edward Island Spudder, and was so proud to be born and raised on the Island. Lobster and other seafood were always on the top of the list of her favorite foods. After graduating high school at the age of 16 and then business school, Mom moved to Halifax against her father’s wishes but ultimately with his blessings. It was here, during wartime, she met her blue-eyed musician husband, Ken, who was serving in the navy. They were married in 1944 and Ken Jr. arrived a year later. Mom and baby headed out west in the summer of 1945 to Ashcroft, BC, and lived there until Ken Sr. was discharged from the navy. The two easterners arrived in the dead heat of the night, pitch black, to their new home province. She thought she had gone to another planet. She missed her island and her family but was prepared to embark on a new adventure, starting her own family out west where she spent the rest of her life. Following Ashcroft, they moved first to Vancouver, then Penticton, where her three other children were born. The family then moved to Kamloops in 1963.
Mom was an avid card player, crib and bridge her favorites, and she was unbeatable even at age 90! She was such a good bowler she was given the nickname Fast Eddy and she represented Kamloops in many provincial tournaments. She also loved playing shuffleboard when she and Ken wintered in Palm Springs. She was an avid sports fan attending the Kamloops Blazers games for many years and cheering on the Expos and then the Blue Jays, and the Canucks. Her goal was to live to see the 2010 Winter Games when they were in Vancouver. She got her wish and a new goal was set to see the Sochi Olympics which she did. Mom was a proud member of The Catholic Women’s League for over 60 years, holding many executive positions. She volunteered for many years with the Cancer Society and Seniors Centre. Mom was a very social person, loved to talk and share stories and was very blessed to have many friends who supported her over the years and who didn’t mind getting beaten at cards.
A Funeral Mass in celebration of Edna’s life will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 255 Nicola Street, Kamloops on Friday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Father Paul Simms officiating.
The family thanks you for your love and prayers at this time and wish to thank Dr. Baker and the doctors and nurses at Royal Inland Hospital for their exceptional care. We also give thanks for the love and support given Mom by Fathers Simms and Kim and Sisters Marie and Annalisa of Sacred Heart Cathedral.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society as Mom was a cancer survivor for many years.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com