Dorothy Holmes King passed away quietly in Shuswap Lake General Hospital on January 13, 2004 at the age of 94 years.
Born in Armstrong on May 27, 1909, mom spent most of her early years growing up on a farm at Haywoods Corner. At the age of 24 she married our dad, James King, and RCMP officer. They lived in Enderby, Kamloops, Golden, Revelstoke and Vernon, retiring in Sicamous in 1963. After our dad’s death in 1964, mom moved to Salmon Arm with her two young daughters. She worked at Marshall Wells Hardware Store and later at Hunters (Ready’s) Pharmacy. After retirement, mom leased a lot on Okanagan Lake where she met many new people who became her dearest lifelong friends. Over the years she worked very hard building a cabin and improving the property. Mom’s happiest times were spent at the lake, shared by all her family, young and old. A hard worker, mom wasn’t one to sit around and was always busy doing something with her time. She loved gardening, reading, doing her puzzles, walking the dog, feeding her birds, shopping, and baking for Christmas.
Right to the end, mom was active and independent, a bright and positive force in all our lives. Mom’s family feels blessed and honoured to have shared one last Christmas Holiday with her. She will be deeply missed. Mom is survived by her loving family; daughters Carol Schaafsma and Jorie King of Tappen; sons Jimmy (Lou) King of Vancouver and Terry (Dianne) King of Langley; brother Rusty (Jessie) Freeze of Armstrong and sister Eleanor Sharp of Vernon; nine grandchildren: Trevor Schaafsma and Steven Schaafsma of Tappen, Kelli Schaafsma of Newcastle, England, Terry (Roberta) Larson of Strathmore, Alberta, Art (Mary-Ellen) Larson of Calgary, Alberta, Timmy (Pat) Welch of Richmond, Randy (Megan) King of Zeballos, Karla King of Langley, Jamie (Christie) King of Vancouver, Jim (Audrey) Larson, former son-in-law of Calgary; seven great grandchildren: Nicole and Michelle Larson, Reece and Aimeé Larson, Kelsey King, Christopher and Olivia King, and many nieces and nephews who adored her. Mom was predeceased by her husband James King, her daughter Marlene Larson, her sisters Marj Needoba and Janet Hunter, and her son-in-law Renzo Schaafsma. At mom’s request there is no memorial service. A celebration of her life will take place in her honour later this year. Should anyone so desire, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Email condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm, BC.