1929 – 2015
Georgina Katherine Hammerquist (nee McKay) passed away in Vernon, B.C. on Saturday, November 21st, 2015. She
began her 86 year-long life in Wainwright, Alberta, moved to Chilliwack, B.C. in her teens and this is where she met and married Leonard. Three of her four children were born there before the family moved, settling in Kitimat, B.C.
Georgina (affectionately known as Jo) and family flourished there, staying for 31 years. During that time Jo’s love of music led her to experience a variety of fun and fulfilling experiences. She attained her ARCT and then used that certification to teach piano. She played the organ for the
Anglican Church choir, played the violin in the Little Symphony, and learned to play the banjo and the accordion, just for the fun of it. As the
children grew, Jo decided she wanted to put her Pitman Business training
to use and took on two very special positions over 20 years, one being with the law firm of Grant & Ewert. Her other position was with the City of Kitimat as the Deputy Clerk, and also secretary to the Mayor.
Jo had many hobbies, enjoying all things outdoors. They camped, hiked, rode bikes, cross-country and down-hill skied. They bought a cabin on Lakelse Lake, giving the family many new opportunities and fun times with the boat. They were also avid Gyro members, often travelling to neighbouring clubs to attend their functions. Jo also became the photographer for the Club. The other huge piece to Jo’s very full life, was her and Len’s extensive travel itineraries. There were not many places in this world they did not visit.
After moving to Vernon in 1986, Mom continued her involvement with the Anglican Church and her music, and finally purchasing something that she had always dreamed of – a baby grand piano. Her and Len also continued their involvement with the Gyro Club, travelling, as well as many of the outdoor pursuits they so much enjoyed.
Jo was the center of our family, the one who gave us strength, guided us, loved us unconditionally, and had incredible passion and zest for life. Left with her memories is her loving husband Leonard, to whom she was married for 65 years; her children, Wayne (Theresa), Sherri (Tom), Mark (Donna) and Carol (Ron); nine grandchildren; and four great-granddaughters.
Cremation preceded a small private Celebration of Jo’s life which will take place on Saturday, November 28th, 2015. As an expression of sympathy,
those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Jo to the Alzheimer Society of B.C., #102 – 3402 – 27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S1, rather than sending flowers.
We, Jo’s family would like to sincerely send our gratitude and thanks to Creekside Landing for the loving support they gave to Jo and all of us through these tough days.
Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • 250-542-1187