Pamela Doreen Johnson (nee Richards)

Pamela Doreen Johnson (nee Richards)

Our beloved mother passed away at Piccadilly Care Center two weeks after celebrating her 93rd birthday with family.

She was cherished by many over the years and remained cheerful to the end.

She was predeceased by her parents Norman and Pearl Richards of Salmon Arm and by her loving husband Bob in 1999. She is survived by her children, Diane Heather of White Rock, Viviane Pamela (Don Smardon) of Gabriola, Douglas Grant of Burnaby and her sister Esme Farnham (Paul) of Kamloops. She is lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Garrett (Lauren), Devin; Eric, Denea; Mitch, Riley.

Pam was born at home at Hillcrest Nov 3, 1920. She began school at Miss Codrington’s School for Young Ladies in Berkeley, Gloucestershire England while staying with her maternal grandparents and then attended schools at Larch Hills and Salmon Arm.  Pam trained at Royal Inland Hospital and Tranquille TB Sanatorium graduating in 1943 as an R.N.  She then nursed at Royal Inland Hospital, Crippled Children’s and infant’s Hospitals in Vancouver and as an Industrial Nurse for a company making armaments for the British Admiralty.  After the war she returned to Salmon Arm to work in the hospital there.  In 1945 she took a business course in Kelowna and worked in an office for a year before accepting a position as an RN in Dr Cates’ office in Haney where she worked until the birth of her first child, Diane in 1951.  Viviane was born in 1953 and Doug in 1957.

In 1962 the family moved to Salmon Arm.  After Bob retired in 1975, the two enjoyed the opportunity to do some travelling.

Pam was an active member of the Anglican Women’s Guild and was instrumental in the start up and operation of the Church’s Thrift Shop.  She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping, dancing, tennis, curling, and golfing.  She was described as a “true-blue friend.”

Pam will be remembered for her sociability, enthusiasm, hospitality, warm smiles, loving kindness, independence and her keen interest in the activities of her children and grandchildren… and for her yummy homemade buns!

The family wishes to thank Dr. Malinowski, Dr. Gow and the care staff at Piccadilly for their excellent care of mom.

A funeral service for Pam will be held at Bowers Funeral Chapel on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11:00 am.

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