Delia Marie Schryver
January 16, 1930 – September 11, 2014
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Delia, on September 11, 2014 in Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Mom was born in Riviere Qui Barre, AB on the family homestead. She was the last remaining sibling of 14 children.
Mom & Dad were married in Lac La Biche, AB on March 1, 1949. Their first few years of marriage were on the Schryver homestead in Thorhild, AB. They later moved to Edmonton and then on to Fort Smith, NWT for two years. They settled in Vernon in 1965 and remained there until their passing.
Coming from a large musical family, mom played the organ, guitar and banjo as a young woman. She loved singing at family and social gatherings.
Mom worked in retail for many years and also at the Vernon Lodge until her forced retirement due to a bad ankle injury. It was after that, she got her driver’s license at the age of 63.
She was a member of the Army and Navy Air Force service club and enjoyed volunteering for that group. A Vernon Winter Carnival supporter, she also volunteered selling carnival memorabilia at the mall.
Mom was active with her bowling team and senior’s softball league. She was an avid Vernon Vipers fan who could frequently be heard using her custom-made cowbell to celebrate their goals. In her eyes, they could do no wrong. She was the same with the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Blue Jays. Watching TV wrestling, she raised the roof many times as she verbalized her thoughts about the moves made against her favourites and the ref’s calls.
Mom was competitive for “her teams”, but when it came to her own involvement, she enjoyed the fun and socializing of it. Crib was her game, and she won a few crib tournaments at her outings and at family reunions, as recently as August of 20l3.
She loved to sew and her girls wore many homemade outfits that she designed, making the patterns from brown paper bags. She also embroidered beautiful household linens. Wednesday afternoon social gatherings with friends were enjoyed at the Skyway Village club house, as well as Thursday evening Bingos.
Mom was known to be a great dancer and she never passed up an opportunity to do so. She enjoyed her bus tours to Washington and Nevada states with friends, two Alaskan cruises, and one to the Panama Canal.
Mom’s last two months of her life were spent at Creekside Landing in Assisted Living, where she fondly spoke of the staff and other residents.
She loved her family unconditionally, and she sacrificed much for them. Mom was undeniably loved and respected as a mother, grandmother, GG, and friend.
Predeceased by her parents, Henry and Zilda Plamondon, of Plamondon, AB; her husband, Allan in 1979; all of her siblings; one grandson; and many family members.
She is survived by her four daughters: Shirley (Tony) Soichuk of Trail, BC; Ev (Don) Reade, of Lavington, BC; Lorraine (Barry) Fisk, of Lantzville, BC; and Sandi (Dave) Sorba, of Vernon, BC. Also mourning her loss are nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 1 great, great grandchild, and 2 step-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Fred Dyck for his care over the years, and also the great nursing staff on 2 East at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital for their care and compassion.
The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or the North Okanagan Hospice Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 4333. Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com