Frances Miriam Eastwood

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frances Miriam Eastwood (nee Luxton) on Sunday February 21st 2010 at the Westridge Care Residence. Fran was born in Brampton, Ontario on October 4, 1931 and grew up in the Toronto area.

Her summers swimming and hiking at the family cottage on Lake Farlaine cultivated a lifelong love of outdoor recreation. Fran graduated from Toronto Western Hospital as a Registered Nurse. She married Ray Eastwood in 1952 and they settled in Toronto. Four of their children were born in Toronto, joined by two more after the family moved to North Vancouver in 1959. Fran was actively involved with the Girl Guide Movement for many years, supporting the youth of the community. In 1973 the family moved to the BC interior where Fran enjoyed cross country skiing, gardening, lawn bowling, tennis, badminton, swimming, hiking, the Kalamalka Country Club, family and friends. Fran also enjoyed her work nursing at Noric House until her retirement in 1996.

Fran always considered family and friends as the core element of her life. She imparted her love of life and the outdoors to her children—a legacy that has been passed to her grandchildren as well. Her loss is deeply felt by her children Susan (Bernie), Sandy (Ian), Jennifer (Allan), Jeffrey, Jill (Randy), Adrian (Brenda), her seven grandchildren Jodi (James), Casey, Jessica, Nicole, Joel, Kevin and Lindsay, and her extra son, Bill. She is survived by her sister Ellen (Victor), brothers Gordon (Mary) and Robert (Lily), and many nieces and nephews. Fran was predeceased by her husband Raymond in November 2009, her sister Marjory, and her brother Bud.

The family would like to thank the staff of Coldstream Meadows and Westridge Care Residence for the quality of care and support while Fran lived there. We would also like to thank Dr. Donald Smith for all he did for Fran.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the Kalamalka Country Club. Memorial donations in Fran’s memory can be made to the charity of your choice. Expressions of sympathy may be forward to the family via email: vernon@pafs.net.