(Theresa Loretta Annie Marie Schwab Major)
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our Grand Matriarch on Jan 26 2012 at the age of 74. She is lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her sisters Aggy Brophy and Diane Provenzano (Gary) sister-in-law Dadye Schwab, brother in law Jim Balcombe and children Marie Williams (Glen), Rhonda Major, Alfred Major, Decker Mckay (Dee), Michael Major (Cindy), Jock McKay, Alex McKay (Annake), Liza Duursma (Tim), as well as 27 Grandchildren, 16 Great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and her very special and dearest friend Evelyn Macdonald.
Predeceased by her sisters Irene Iverson, Maggy Balcombe, Doreen McKinley, brother Mike Schwab, daughters Christine Major, Margarette Major, Linda Major-Silzer, (Lawrence Major) grand-daughter Angel Major-Smith, daughter in law Brenda Major and her loving friend and husband Bill McKay.
Born in Saskatoon Saskatchewan Aug 02 1937, Loretta as she was known as growing up, moved with the family to Prince Rupert B.C. to take in all that the west coast had to offer.
Settling into the Thornhill/Terrace area in the early 60’s, she kept herself busy with raising her family. Throughout this time she was very involve with her children’s activities whether it was driving them to and from sports games or teaching Cub Scouts how to tie knots or teaching young air cadets how to properly press their uniform. Always a constant professional in her work she also had time to write a local newspaper column, worked her way from a nightshift operator to manager of an answering bureau.
She then dispatched taxis late at night and ended her career as a dispatcher late night operator with a Security Firm.
She enjoyed the outdoors when she got the chance and loved to write poetry as well as listening to music. Once retired she spent her time doing volunteer work. She re-located from Terrace to Parksville and then to Campbell River and through the transition made a lot of friends along the way always greeting you with that contagious smile and twinkle in those baby blue eyes.
She requested a private family gathering for her interment with her Husband Bill
McKay in Terrace B.C.
In lieu of flowers she was a big supporter of the Diabetes Assn, and The BC Paraplegic Assn. The family would like to thank Dr J. Nelson , Campbell River Hospital and the staff of New Horizons for gracefully assisting her in her time of need and Suttons Funeral Home for their services.