Isobel Grace Couch

Isobel Grace Couch (nee Van Steinburg)

July 3, 1918 to August 21, 2006

With great sadness the family of Isobel Couch announces her passing at Vernon Jubilee Hospital on August 21, 2006 at the age of 88.

Isobel was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan where she received her early education. In her youth she was very athletic. Isobel was the provincial High School high jumping champion in 1935. Another love was bareback riding the family race horses. Isobel, while scaring the neighbours, would ride a pair of horses and gallop standing upright with a foot on each. Mom went on to take her nursing training at Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Her passion for helping others later led Isobel into becoming one of the first therapeutic touch practitioners at the University of BC Hospital. In later years, Isobel enjoyed fishing and perfecting her fly casting technique. She had many hobbies including learning to read, write and speak Japanese and practicing reflexology.

Isobel married Herbert George Couch, a civil engineer in 1942. After moving up to Watson Lake, Yukon Territories to help build the Alaska Highway they then moved to Cranbrook and onto Nelson, BC. Finally the family settled in Vancouver. Isobel had three children: Sharon Olsen of Kamloops, BC, Herb (Kathy) Couch of Nelson, BC and Don (Pat) Couch of Vernon, BC. Isobel’s grandchildren, Jennifer, Tracy, Tom, Danny, Jesse, Paul, David, Diana, Chris and Brodie meant the world to “Nan”. They all loved her dearly. Her great-grand children Olivia, Alison, Markus, Luke and Mark enjoyed their “Gigi” visits.

Isobel was a warm caring person who was always ready to listen and help others. Her friendly smile will be remembered. Isobel always looked forward to family get togethers and cooked the most wonderful and unusual meals. Mom’s Nanaimo bars were famous. She loved puzzles, card games, her favourite TV programs, and enjoyed playing board games with the grand children. She never cheated!

Isobel spent her last remaining years in Vernon where she enjoyed making many new friends. Thank you to Doctor Mandreck, the nurses and staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, and the staff of Canterbury Manor and Anjou House. You all worked hard to help support Mom and to make her life as comfortable as possible.

There will be no service at Isobel’s request

and a family farewell will be held at a later date.

Mom leaves an empty spot in our hearts. She will be remembered with love.