Greta Mary Shaver embarked on her next great journey, passing away after a short stay at Bastion Place, Salmon Arm, BC on Monday, November 17, 2014, at the age of 92 years.
Greta was born in Whitby, Ontario on December 16, 1921. Graduating from high school during WWII she trained with the DOT as a radio operator to track enemy warships and submarines. In 1943 she was posted to Vancouver and assigned to learn Japanese code. Her instructor was Lyle Shaver – with whom she explored the city, hiked Grouse Mountain to ski and biked around Vancouver Island. They were married in 1946. Lyle joined Trans Canada Airlines and for their “honeymoon” they caught the plane destined for Penticton and their new home.
The years that followed brought many adventures including trips to Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and Sunday drives to explore the local countryside, as they raised a family and moved across Canada from BC to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland. When Lyle retired, Greta had the chance to fulfill her dream – the ultimate road trip. They purchased a motor home and spent 25 years circling North America, wintering in the southern US and returning initially to Ontario to boat on the Rideau Canal and then to the Shuswap where over the past 20 years she was often seen driving her red 1964 MGB. She continued to ‘snowbird’ in AZ and travel even as she neared and turned 90, visiting the Galapagos and her daughter’s home in Ecuador and exploring BC’s Great Spirit Bear Rainforest on a 70’ sailboat.
Greta was predeceased by her husband, Lyle; son, Reid; and sister, Doris Sherwin. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Colleen McBain; brother, Elmer Lick and his wife Lois; and sister, Lucille Huron as well as nieces and nephews from both the Shaver and Lick families.
There will be no formal service. If so desired, contributions in memory of Greta may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences can be sent through Greta’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.