Lorraine joined her late husband of 50 years Cyril Leslie Killick in Heaven on December 22, 2015. Lorraine passed away peacefully at Hillside Village, Salmon Arm, B.C.
Lorraine was predeceased by her husband Cyril in February 1994 and is survived by her son Bruce, daughter Karen, daughter in law Brenda, son in law Mathew, grand children Abra, Adam, Jacob, Tyler, Cindy, Elaine and several great grand children.
Lorraine was born in Portland Oregon to Canadian parents Anne Ethel and Albert Edward Balmer where her father was training to become a Chiropractor. Upon returning to New Westminster B.C. the family was soon faced with the great depression. The family moved to Calgary, her father found work as a machinist. A return to the deep family routes in New Westminster occurred in the early 1930’s.
Lorraine excelled in school. She also learned to play the piano, taught by her mother. Her gift for the love of music remained a big part of her life both teaching her skills to many children throughout her life and in her love to play and perform in a truly beautiful and giving way.
In the early 1940’s Lorraine and Cyril met. Truly love at first sight.
With World War II underway Cyril enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. They were married in Winnipeg on March 27, 1943. Cyril left shortly thereafter for Europe. Lorraine returned to B.C. where she secured employment as a stenographer for the Prudential Insurance Company.
After starting a family, Lorraine returned to the work force in the mid 1950’s. She was employed by Canada Safeway in their head office in New Westminster. Following a very busy career with Safeway she became a stenographer in the Coquitlam School District, a career that spanned over 30 years, working in many schools in the District. She was always involved in helping the children grow by giving of her musical and other creative talents.
In her time away from work, Lorraine’s creativity and gift for designing beautiful things flourished including her amazing culinary skills. She was truly a gifted and self taught person that excelled in living life. She shared these talents in a loving way with so many people. Lorraine and Cyril loved to create beauty and enjoyed the outdoors by decorating their home, discovering new hiking trails and boating the Gulf Islands.
Lorraine and Cyril retired in the late 1980’s and shortly thereafter moved to the Shuswap where their son, wife and their children had relocated in the early 80’s. Lorraine continued to help young people grow by teaching piano lessons. Her passion for living, giving and loving others truly stood out in amazing ways. The love and support for her family was never ending. We love you Mom and Grandma. You taught us well. Your love and memory will live in our Hearts forever.
The Killick family would like to very much thank the health care staff at Hillside Village, Salmon Arm for the wonderful care provide to our mother and grandmother over the last 4 years. Lorraine’s ashes will be placed beside Cyril’s at Mount Ida Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, PO Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC VIE 4N3
On line condolences may be sent to Lorraine’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm, BC