May 24, 1949 – August 6, 2018
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Lyda on Monday, August 6, 2018.
She leaves behind her husband of 48 years, Dave; sisters: Lettie Dingman (Jim) and Tina Chard (late Allan); nephews: Faron (Yvonne) and David; great nephew and nieces: Nicholas, Ashlyn, Erica, Amanda, and Jody; cousins: Dick (Ruth) Boers, Ries (Muriel) Boers, and Jim (Arlene) Boers, Theo (Sue) Boers, Kathleen (Paul) St. Denis, and Alida (Tom) St. Denis.
She is predeceased by her parents: Nicolaas (Nick) Boers and Gysbertje (Bertha) Vermeer, who were both born in S’Gravenzande Holland, and nieces: Nicole and Kristy.
In 1972, two years after their marriage, Lyda and Dave loaded up what items they had into a trailer and with an old Chevrolet Convertible, made a trip from Trenton Ontario to Vancouver. No prospects awaited.
Twenty-six years later after a successful career as a Real Estate Administrator, Lyda again with her husband Dave ventured to Vernon in 1998.
It was here that Lyda excelled in finding her nitch in life. Quilting!
While continuing to work part time in Real Estate and in Physical therapy as an administrator, she dove into the magic of quilting within the 100 plus members of the Silver Star Quilters Guild. Dave opened up a machine quilting home-based business which Lyda named “Sincerely Yours Creations”. Nothing was too difficult and because of her precision and acquired knowledge, she taught quilting techniques formally and for her quilting friends. Eventually, she spent terms as the Guild Treasurer and President.
This all came to an end 3 years ago when Lyda acquired a devastating and incurable, very rare disease called Supra Nuclear Palsy (PSP). This left her unable to walk, swallow, speak, retain mental acuity and created difficulty in hand motion. She was still herself locked up inside. Lyda and Dave both fought this disease together for as long as possible with the care and assistance of her Doctor and Interior Health. The Nurses are all angels in sneakers!
Eventually, Lyda’s condition became all pervasive. At her request, she told Dave that she wanted to say goodbye.
After ten days in Hospice House, she passed peacefully while in Dave’s arms. Dearest Lyda is a beacon that will keep Dave going and a special light for those who loved her. A one of a kind. The best of the best.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Dignity Funeral Home, 4303 P.V. Road, Vernon, B.C. V1T 4M4. Phone: (250) 542- 4333. Condolences may be offered at pleasantvalleyfh.com.
If you wish to make a donation, please make it to your favorite Charity or to Hospice House Vernon. A celebration of Lyda’s life will be held at the family home Sunday, August 26 from 1 to 3 pm.
Pleasant Valley Dignity Funeral Home