EDITH STEPHENS

Edith Isobel Stephens passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 19, 2003, at ninety-one years of age. Edith will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Edith is a long time resident of Vernon. She was born to Thomas and Isobel Skyrme near Armstrong in 1912 and moved to Grindrod shortly after where her family bought a farm with a house converted from the old Stern Wheeler warehouse. Edith lost her mother and sister when she was only 2 years old. Her father later remarried. In her younger days Edith was a well-known athlete and excelled at running. She studied nursing at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops where she graduated in 1935. She moved to 100 Mile House where she met and later married William Arthur Stephens. Their daughter Alice was born in Vernon in 1937. They later moved to Vancouver and returned to Grindrod where Edith worked as a bookkeeper for the Grindrod & District Credit Union and the Farmer’s Institute. They moved back to Vernon in 1957 where she and Bill worked at Okanagan Electric for many years. Edith and Bill later retired to Lawrence Beach at Westside Road and when Bill’s health failed moved to McCulloch Court where Edith lived until 2000. She later returned to live on the lake at Westside Road with her daughter Alice. Edith was predeceased by two sisters Olive and Ivy and a brother Clifford and half-sisters Ethel and Emily and half-brother Tom Skyrme. Her husband Bill died in February, 1983. She is survived by her daughter Alice (George) Wapple, half-sister Alice (Jim) Emeny of Enderby and sister-in-law Vicky Skyrme. Granny will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Cindy (Bruce) Bernakevitch, Elaine (Rob) Poley, Jerry (Val) Dyck, Sherry (Allester) Bradbury, Jeff (Gwen) Dyck, Tim Dyck and her 12 great-grand children along with several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at the Vernon Funeral Home at 3007-28 Street, Vernon, B.C. Alice, Cindy, Elaine & Sherry would like to thank Dr. Jackson and V.J.H. 3 East Staff for their generous and compassionate care while Edith was in the hospital.