Alice Rita Marie Finch
Alice Rita Marie Finch born August 11, 1923 in Spalding, Saskatchewan, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2013 with her loving family by her side at the Vernon Hospice House.
As a young girl, Mom loved horses and playing softball. She met and married our Dad Albert in Spalding, soon after their two eldest sons Ralph and Howard were born. While living in Spalding, Mom and Dad owned a small café and garage. Some of their happiest times were spent attending every country dance within 50 miles.
In 1950 the family moved to McBride, BC. While in McBride she was an active member or the Catholic Church and The Royal purple. She kept very busy raising her family, gardening, and playing ball as an outstanding “catcher” on a very competitive team.
Mom and Dad moved to Mica Creek in 1964 with their two youngest children Sheila and Lyle. Mom worked in the Co-op store where everyone enjoyed her wonderful personality and kind disposition.
In 1969 they moved to Vernon. Mom worked many years at the McLeods store where she made lifelong friends. Mom’s passion for gardening was recognized by the city of Vernon with the beautification award.
As a loving Mother and Grandmother, one of the many ways she showed her love for her family was by baking, cooking or canning their favourites. Whether you were family or friends, you never needed an invitation to Mom’s home, the door was always open.
In 2008 Mom and Dad sold their home and moved to the Victorian Retirement Residence. In 2009 Dad sadly passed away. In the following years at the Victorian, Mom made many special friendships. Mom loved to be involved in every activity whether it was an ugly sweater contest, costume party or sitting with friends enjoying a glass of wine. She truly enjoyed the Friday night sing- a-long with Christian, and became known as the “dancing queen”.
Alice was predeceased by her infant daughter Ruth and husband Albert. She is survived by her son Ralph (Mary Jane) and their children Mike (Marie), Darren (Teri Lynn), Brian, Trevor (Melissa), all of Kamloops, B.C., son Howard (Eunice), Michelle (Jack Young) of Barriere, B.C. Howard Jr., Nonie (Tim Turner) of Vernon, B.C. Daughter Sheila (Barry Nodder) of Vernon, B.C. Son Lyle (Kerry), their children Greg, Maggie and Will all of Vernon, B.C. Alice has ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Mom came from a large loving French Canadian family with 10 siblings and is survived by one brother and three sisters.
A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. A reception will follow in the Pleasant Valley Tea Room. Those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Alice may do so to the The Heart & Stroke Foundation or to the North Okanagan Hospice House.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home 250-542-4333