Our family is sad to announce that Bessie Shamanski (Scherba) passed away at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital in the afternoon of December 15, 2012. She was predeceased by her husband Pete in 1978 and daughter in-law Lorraine in 2009. She will be missed by her children Richard (Bronwyn) of Mackenzie, John (Judy) of Prince George and Anne of Vernon. She also leaves her sister Anne (Syd) of Port Townsend, Washington, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and extended “family”.
Bessie was born in Barkfield, Manitoba on February 10, 1920 and was the second youngest of nine children. The family moved to Grindrod in 1922 and then to Coldstream in 1929 and started an apple orchard. Bessie married her childhood friend and sweetheart, Pete, in 1939 and they stayed in Coldsteam to work the family farm. They owned and operated “Pete’s Fruit Stand Tent and Trailer Park” where the Regional District office now stands until about 1976. After Pete passed away, Bessie and her daughter Anne were inseparable. They enjoyed many days together shopping, baking, cooking and chatting over coffee.
Bessie was a hardworking Ukrainian woman. She lived on the farm all her life and loved to garden and especially mow the lawn which she did well into her 80s. Bessie was well known for her love of animals, chickens, chicken ornaments and the flock of wild quails and pheasants at the farm. She was a long time Coldstream resident, known for entertaining at the farm house, her quick wit and sharp memory of local events which she never lost.
A grave side funeral service was held on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the St. Nicolas Cemetery in Coldstream. She was then laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Pete.