Florence Lily Eggleton passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at her residence at Hillside Village Residential Care Home in Salmon Arm. She had celebrated her 100th birthday May 28th with family and friends at the home of her daughter, enjoying the milestone she had wanted for so many years.
Florence was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, John Clarence Eggleton, in 1988; her one brother Frank Smith in 1993, and great-grandson Andrew Castle in 2008, plus many other family members and friends. She is survived by her son Daniel Eggleton, of Kamloops; her daughter Rosalind Brown of Auburn, California, and her daughter Carol Richardson, of Salmon Arm, seven grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren, in Oregon, California., Alberta and B.C.
Born and raised in Duncan, B.C. she lived her entire life in this province. She married John in 1934 and spent her life as a homemaker; firstly on a farm near Duncan, and in the mid-1950’s to early 1960’s on a cattle ranch near Lillooet. Later years were lived at various places around the B.C. Interior where her husband’s work for the B.C. Forest Service took them. Living in Chase, B.C. at his retirement they spent many summers traveling the western provinces in their Airstream. She was a trained seamstress, and enjoyed fibre arts all her life: during her last years her passion and talent for knitting resulted in many afghans and sets of baby clothes for her church’s missions overseas. Her favorite pastimes were piano playing, and doing very complicated crossword puzzles. In her late 80’s and 90’s she also enjoyed computer games. Florence moved to Salmon Arm in 1997 and since the age of 95 she resided at Shuswap Lodge and later, Hillside Village.
Many thanks are extended by the family for the wonderful care she received from the staff at both Shuswap Lodge, and Hillside Village in her final years, and to Dr. Breugem. Also a big Thank You to Marlene Martens, her St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Elder, who faithfully visited with her, when Mother could no longer attend Church. And to Rev. Doug Swanson who visited with her regularly, with his therapy dog Sophie, with whom Mother felt she had a special bond.
Cremation. A Service of Remembrance is planned for a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Fischer’s Funeral Services and Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm.
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