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Laird, Maureen Elizabeth

Friday, 16 Mar 2012
Laird, Maureen Elizabeth

Maureen Elizabeth Laird of Kamloops passed away on March 16, 2012 at 61 years of age. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years Schylore, daughter Willow (Taylor) Pyle of Kamloops, grandchildren Carter and Carson, nephews Kris (Nicole) Whelan and Connor Whelan, nieces Heather Whelan, Hannah (Chris), Mecca (Sam) Huston, sister Anne (Baxter) Huston, brothers John (Estelle) Whelan, Mike (Cris) Whelan, Dave (Tina) Whelan, mother Joan Whelan and daughter-in-law Dana (Doug) Goodman.
She was predeceased by her father Jack Whelan, son Jason Laird and grandson Zach Laird.
Maureen was a nurse at the Royal Inland Hospital for 27 years. She was active in many groups; Bike Chicks, Geocaching, Book Club and Relaxation and the Film Society.
She made a big impact on everyone’s life and will be deeply missed by all.
A special thank you to Dr. Yanko, staff and volunteers at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home.
An outside tea will be held at a later date.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love
will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the
house of the Lord forever.

If friends should so desire a memorial donation may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation in memory of Zach Laird or the Kamloops Hospice Society.
Arrangements entrusted to Personal Alternative Funeral Services
250 554 2324

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Dey, James Gordon

Thursday, 15 Mar 2012
Dey, James Gordon

On March 15, 2012 Gordon Dey passed away peacefully while holding his daughter’s hand at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home in Kamloops. He is survived by his daughter Leslie (Gareth) of Vancouver, his grandchildren Paxton and Sior, as well as sister Kelli, and brothers Ron (Nancy) and Cal. Tina, Jack (Kathy) and Cory (Heather) and their families as well. Also nieces Kristi (Jason, Joshua and Matthew) and Shelley (Steve, Halle, Kenna, and Taya), and nephews Andrew and Trevor.
Gord will also be fondly remembered by Sandy and his many lifelong friends.
He is predeceased by his Mother Irene (1998) and father William (Bud) (2011).
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday March 24, at 3:00 p.m. at the Calvary Community Church, 1205 Rogers Way with Reverend Dan Hines officiating.
Born and raised in Savona, Gord followed his father by taking over the family business (Dey’s Centre). Gord provided leadership for many community events. He was the charter president of the Savona Lions Club, and instrumental in the establishment of the Savona Fishing Derby Association, which made significant donations to a wide variety of community ventures.
Gord sold the store and retired in 2009; looking forward to summers on the lake and winters down South. Symptoms of concern began in the spring of 2010 leading to a diagnosis of A.L.S. Gord’s struggles were inspirational as he won all the battles but eventually lost the war. He will be remembered eternally for his infectious laugh, quality jokes, and often retold one liners. He was a good friend to many.
The family offers a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Jill Calder, the staff at Home and Community Care Services and the Hospice Home. Also a very special thanks to Team Gordon.
If desired, friends can leave donations to the A.L.S. Society, 1233-13351 Commerce Parkway Richmond, BC V6V 2X7 or the Kamloops Hospice Society, 72 Whiteshield Crescent, Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9
Online condolences can be expressed at
Service arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service

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Semograd, Mike

Thursday, 15 Mar 2012
Semograd, Mike

1918 - 2012

On Thursday, March 15, 2012 Mr. Mike Johnaten Semograd passed away peacefully at Ridgeview Lodge, Kamloops at the age of 93 years. He is survived by his daughter Brenda Flinn of Vernon, his sons Harvey of Red Deer, Alberta, Norman (Barb) of Williams Lake, BC, and Dean (Sandra) of Kamloops; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mike was predeceased by his wife Esther in 2006, son Brent in 1988 and daughter Altheia in 1960.
Mr. Semograd was born on October 2, 1918 in Chipman, Alberta. He has made his home in Kamloops for the past 21 years.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the Renaissance Retirement Residence, Ponderosa Lodge, Ridgeview Lodge and the emergency at Royal Inland Hospital for the care given to Mike.
The Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Schoening Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street with Pastor Bill Kelly officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.
Should friends desire, donations to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2T1 would be appreciated in memory of Mike.
Condolences may be expressed at
Service arrangements entrusted to
Schoening Funeral Service, 250-374-1454

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Abate, Mary Scholastica

Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012
Abate, Mary Scholastica

Mary Abate
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved sister and little Auntie, Mary Elaine Abate of Kamloops, B.C. She passed away peacefully, at home, on March 14, 2012, at the age of 55.
Mary is survived by her loving sister and caretaker Pina Del Medico, nieces Joanna (Russell) Pierrot, Elaine (John) Nunez, Nadeen Abate, and nephews John (Doris) Del Medico and Darryl Abate. She also leaves to cherish her memory the following great-nieces and nephews: John-Jose, Daniel, Natalie, Talia, Bryden, Kiana, Wyatt, Wade and her favourite sister-in-law Nancy (Brian) McKinnon.
Mary was predeceased by her father Frank, her mother Aquila and her brothers Arthur and Ray Abate.
Mary was a sweet, loving, sensitive soul that loved life and brought a smile to everyone she met. Simple things like singing and playing with her nieces and nephews, who gave her unconditional endless love, brought her much joy. We know that Mary is in a peaceful place now and we will always cherish the beautiful memories she gave us.
We would like to thank very much, Dr. Tom Eccelston and the ladies from High Country for their compassion and kindness, and an especially warm thanks to Mary’s favourite caretaker, Gerda, for her exceptional care.
The Reverend Father Peter Nguyen will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church on Saturday, March 24th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will follow in Evergreen Mausoleum.
Should friends desire, donations to a charity of your choice in memory of Mary would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be expressed at
Service arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, 250-374-1454

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Coulter, Jack

Sunday, 11 Mar 2012
Coulter, Jack

Jack Coulter was born November 13, 1926 to George and Effie Coulter in Wilkie Saskatchewan. He left us to be with Mom quite suddenly on March 11, 2012.
He was living independently and still organizing things just hours before he died.  He loved his family so much and would have waited to speak with all of us if he could have.
He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years Edie in 2008, as well as his sister, Joyce Landry.  He is survived by sons Tim (Donna) McIntyre, Bob (Carlene) Coulter, daughter Jacquie (Brian) Ciancone, nephew Hal Landry, grandchildren Will (Tamara), Andy (Sierra), Lauren, Brock and Amy.  Also the newest branches on his family tree beloved great grandsons Colton (Snooky) and Tristan Jack. 
His working life had encompassed many things, but he was a professional driver from early on, and his final job before retirement was school bus driver. It was a job he really enjoyed, he liked the kids and they liked and respected him. After he retired they drove to Yuma for winters and once drove all across Canada. He really enjoyed Hawaii as well.  He also loved to buy and sell things, and always enjoyed looking for the best deal.  He had a great twinkle in his eye and his Coulter charm was known by all.  He had a word, a smile and some teasing for everyone he met.  He loved sports, curling, baseball and hockey filled his days, and he wasn’t afraid of technology using the computer to keep in touch with friends and family. Recently he discovered a talent for baking, adding muffins to his famous pancake brunches!  He was a wonderful father who cared so much for and about his family. He enjoyed where he lived especially his decks and growing his tomatoes. It was close to everything and easy for family to stop by.  He looked forward to spring when he could get his scooter on the road and go about his rounds visiting. He was a people person and from playing floor curling to crib games he loved to socialize.  The family would like to thank Dr Phil Sigalet and Cheri for their care of dad over the years, he was a regular and felt well looked after by them.  His smile and presence will be missed by all, and he leaves a huge hole in our family. We love you dad and were so thankful for all that you gave us over the years. Should friends desire donations to be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC.
Celebration of life for Jack to be held in the Chapel at the Schoening Cremation Centre, 177 Tranquille Road, on Saturday March 17th 2012 at 3:00 PM.
On-line condolences may be expressed at
Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Cremation Centre. 250-554-2429

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Rowlett, Emery

Saturday, 10 Mar 2012
Rowlett, Emery

Emery Rowlett of Kamloops, BC passed away on March 10, 2012 at 83 years of age.
Emery was born in Dauphin, Manitoba on November 22, 1928. At age six he moved to Flin Flon Manitoba where he received his education. He became a first class Steam Engineer and worked for the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting in Flin Flon and then in 1975 he moved to Kamloops and worked for Gulf Oil.
He is survived by his loving wife May, sons Jim (Marg) and Joe (Rona), grandchildren Dayna, Ian, Chris and Mike and sister Shirley Lyon of Lacombe, Alberta.
He was predeceased by his parents Joe and Florence Rowlett and his brother Ken.
Emery was a great contributor to charities. He volunteered with the Salvation Army in Flin Flon, Manitoba and in Kamloops, BC. He was a volunteer with the Red Shield and the Christmas Kettle Campaign from 1960-1997.
A very special thank you to the staff at the Ridgeview Lodge for all your kindness and a thank you to the Ponderosa Lodge as well.
No formal service by request. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or the Salvation Army in memory of Emery.
Arrangements entrusted to
Personal Alternative Funeral Services 250 554 2324

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Leader, Helen

Friday, 09 Mar 2012
Leader, Helen

Nov. 16, 1924 ~ Mar. 9, 2012
Our Mom passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice in Kamloops on Friday, March 9, 2012 at the age of 87.
Mom is survived by her loving children Sharon, Lorainne, Albert (Leslie) and Gail; grandchildren Shawn and Darcy; great-grandchildren Kyle, Alyssa and Shawn; brother William of Regina and sister Mary of Port Alberni.
Mom was predeceased by her granddaughter Candace and her brothers John, Peter, Mike, Alex and her sisters Lena and Anne.
Mom was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 52 for 42 years.
She will be remembered for her fantastic vegetable garden and beautiful flowers.
We will also miss her wonderful jam, canning and her delicious baking, especially at Christmas.
Our thanks to the caring staff at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice for their support and compassion.
No service by request.
Love you Mom!

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Isaacs (nee Buchanan), Gloria Louise

Thursday, 08 Mar 2012
Isaacs (nee Buchanan), Gloria Louise

Gloria Louise Isaacs
(nee Buchanan)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gloria Isaacs on March 8, 2012.
She is survived by her loving husband C. Thomas (Isaacs); Daughter Bev Archambault (Gene), Son Darcy Isaacs (Leah), Daughter Sandra Michaud (Rod); Grand children Desiree Archambault (Kelly), Brandon Archambault, Brianna Isaacs (Wayne), Darianne Sadusky, (David), Dustin Isaacs, Adam Michaud, Corey Michaud. She is survived by her brother, Garry Buchanan (Faye); several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
Gloria was born on August 26, 1929 in Plumas, Manitoba. During her life she lived in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. She enjoyed several years working for Sears as a Department Manager and then supporting her family business. She served as a Past Honored Royal Lady of the Kamloops Ladies Elks. She enjoyed curling, golfing but most of all spending time with her family around the pool.
Our family would like to express our thanks to Dr. Michaud, the nurses on 7 North at Royal Inland Hospital and her home care support caregivers for their care and compassion during her final days.
“We Love You Our Eternal Beauty Queen”
Should friends desire, please feel free to make a donation on Gloria’s behalf to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
No formal service by request.
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Humphrey, Phillip Howard

Thursday, 08 Mar 2012
Humphrey, Phillip Howard

Phillip Howard Humphrey of Kamloops, BC passed away on March 8, 2012 at the Royal Inland Hospital.
Phil was born in the Royal Inland Hospital on January 21, 1943 to Howard and Irva Humphrey. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Linda, daughter Kym Williams and grandchildren Scott, Blake and Dawson of Edmonton, Alberta, sisters Eleanor (Norval) Anderson of Barriere, BC, Sheila Humphrey (Dennis McKenna) of Minnesota, USA, Glenda (Michael) Mills of Slocan, BC, mother-in-law Rosalie Wright of Kamloops, BC, sisters-in-law Theda (Bob) McInnes and Eleanor (Robert) Johnson of McBride, BC, brother-in-law Gordon Wright of Kamloops, BC along with many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents to Howard and Irva Humphrey, brother-in-law Richard Elliott and father-in-law Calvin Wright.
Phil was raised in Knutsford, BC. After schooling he worked on the construction of the Royal Inland Hospital. He then worked at Tranquille Farm as a ranch hand and later managed the large vegetable garden that supplied the Tranquille kitchen and other government institutions. He met Linda when she started her nursing career at Tranquille and they married in 1973. They moved to the coast when Tranquille was phased out. After 20 years they could not wait to return to Kamloops. Phil had a green thumb and grew beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables. He obtained his private pilots license and maintained a life long interest in Aviation and Astronomy. Phil enjoyed many summers at the cabin on Okanagan Lake enjoying family and friends, checking the stars and satellites and he was always the last one up to extinguish the camp fire.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Mt.Paul United Church, 140 Laburnum Street, North Kamloops with Pastor LeAnn Blackert officiating. Please note that Mt. Paul is a scent free facility! In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Phil to the Terry Fox Foundation or the Mt. Paul United Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Personal Alternative Funeral Services
250 554 2324

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Raab, Mary Scholastica

Wednesday, 07 Mar 2012
Raab, Mary Scholastica

Feb 4, 1931 – Mar 7, 2012

Mary passed away peacefully with family by her side.
She is survived by her daughters Christina Rodin (Malcolm) and Rita Schneider (Dale) and granddaughters Nadine and Kia. She was predeceased by her loving husband Arnold.

Mary was a devoted wife and wonderful mother. Her home was always warm and incredibly welcoming. She always had kind words and a smile for everyone.
Special thanks to Kamloops Seniors Village for all their kindness and compassionate care.
Should friends desire, donations to the Alzheimer Society, Box 277, Kamloops, BC V2C 5K6 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 203-635 Victoria St., Kamloops, BC V2C 2B3 in memory of Mary would be appreciated.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

A mother can take the place
of anyone else,
But no one can take the
place of a mother.

Condolences may be expressed at
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops 250.374.1454

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