LOUISE HENRIËTTE CAMERON (née van Poelgeest) passed away peacefully on May 4, 2005 at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her husband Sandy, her three daughters Emily (Scott), Heather (Iean), Susan (Kevin), her ten grandchildren Gwen (Tom), Dianne, Rachel, Russell, Jennifer, Brendan, Graham, Joshua, Alysha, Gareth and one great granddaughter, Amelia Lynn. She is survived by her brother, Maarten van Poelgeest and her sister, Aleid Regeer.

Louise was born in the Hague, Holland on January 17, 1929 on a bitterly cold winter night. Louise and Sandy were married in Holland in 1950. Over the years they lived in many countries including Indonesia, Bahrain and England. More recently Louise made several trips to Europe, each time taking one or two grandchildren with her. She delighted in making new friends from all walks of life and kept a lively correspondence with the people she met.

Louise placed a great value on education and passed this love of learning on to her children. She was a French Immersion teacher for ten years and after her retirement, she volunteered at Beairsto Elementary School. She spoke several languages including Dutch, English, French and German. Before Christmas she was busy taking Spanish lessons! Louise’s flair for the dramatic revealed itself in her remarkable story telling abilities. She loved all kinds of music especially opera and she used to sing along with her favorite arias while she was doing the ironing. She also took several art history courses at university and had a great interest in botany. She made a point of learning about the local plants and wild flowers and applied this knowledge while out walking in the Parks.

We will remember her love of life, her mischievous sense of humour and her appreciation of a good cup of coffee and all the finer things in life.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, May 9 7:00 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church after which there will be a gathering of friends and family at home to celebrate her memory.

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