March 12, 1923- June 23, 2014
It is with heavy hearts that we inform our mom’s many special friends of her passing Monday June 23, 2014. She passed away at Terraceview Lodge peacefully with family around her. It was her home for the last 8.5 years.
Mom was 1 of 10 children born to Lillian and Chris Dixon, in Georgetown: a small lumber community close to Prince Rupert. Mom moved to Terrace in 1943 where she met the love of her life, Orville Spencer. They raised 5 children in the family home on Munroe Street. Beatrice, Benjamin, Daniel, Robert, and Trudy. Orville had been raised at Spencer Lake in the Nass; so in 1958 when the road went through it was weekends and summer holidays at the cabin. Mother was one of the ladies, with Elsa McLeod, Jane Gravling and Jean Linums who first started the Happy Gang. They spent many happy hours there. Mom was a joy, there weren’t too many days, she didn’t laugh or try to make someone laugh. She was a prankster. Mom loved her family, her flower garden, her chickens and her vegetables. It was hard work and a necessity to feed a large family. I am not sure about the 2 youngest children but the rest had to weed the garden; you had your choice of, in the cool of the morning before school or later in the hot sun after. Them were the days of hot sun and big winter snows. Then there was the harvest. 5 people sitting around a large metal tub filled with peas to shell. You’d just start to see the bottom of the tub, and that’s when dad would come through the door with another water pail of more “PEAS” to shell. Mom was preceded by Orville in 1991 and her son Daniel in 1996 and her son-in-law George in 1978. She is survived by her daughters Bea (Stan), Trudy (Dale), her sons, Ben, Robert (Gabriel), and 10 grandchildren, 12 great great-grandnchildren, 1 brother Henry (Enid), 1 sister-in-law Jean Dixon, and 1 daughter-in-law Vivian Spencer and many nieces and nephews. Mom is already greatly missed by all but she rests in peace. Special thank you to Dr. Strangway and Dr. Brown, to the staff at Terraceview and especially to those “GEMS” that work in the “Nass” Wing.
A celebration of her life will take place in August, notice to follow. Terraceview is in great need of volunteers, there are so many who never have a vistor, some programs don’t happen because there is not enough help. Drop in for a cup of tea and a friendly word. It would be a great “Blessing” to many and to yourself.
In lieu of flowers, if you so wished, please donate to Terraceview’s “Recreation Fund”