September 21, 1924 – November 16, 2015
Our much loved Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother and Great Grandmother passed away at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital at the young age of 91.
Mavis was predeceased by her husband Paul, her sons Bruce, Terry, Leslie and Grant, her sisters Eva and Marjorie and brother John.
Mavis will be missed by brother, Richard (Bing) Gibbons, son Bryan (Michelle), daughters-in-law Joanne and Madelaine (Elwyn). Grandchildren: Ryan, Kerry (Dayna), Debbie (Jason); Andrew,
Kerry-lee, Kristy; Jodi (Steve), Terry Jr. (Amber), Jon (Sherry), Jeff (Dawne); Tom and Ben. Great grandchildren: Kyiv, Keihl; Graham, Everett; Logan, Lauren; Tanya; Brenden, Ashley, Brianne; Hayley, Ben; Karly (Justin), Nicholas (Bobbe), Matthew (Myoka); Nathan, Hayden; Payton, Tage, Brooklyn; Emily and Owen. Great-great-grandchild, Tairrance born November 20, 2015. She will also be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews.
Mavis was born in Viceroy, Saskatchewan to Elizabeth and Denver Gibbons where she spent her early years growing up. She married Paul in 1941 and soon moved to B.C. where they raised their five sons. Raising five healthy boys was a full time job and when they were older she began her working career. Her first job was with Consumer’s Glass in Lavington where she stayed for ten years. When the plant closed down, she began employment with Vernon Jubilee Hospital where she made many friends with co-workers and eventually retired at age 65. She maintained those close friendships for many years and often had lunch with “the girls”. Her travels took her to Europe, Hawaii and a cruise to Alaska. Mavis then went on to volunteer at Hillview Elementary in the library and as a one-to-one reader. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels. Her volunteerism was so outstanding that the local newspaper wrote a one page article on how successful she was, especially with the children at Hillview.
Mavis was a proud mother who raised her boys to be successful, caring family men and strong contributors to their community. The family enjoyed her knitting, baking, and much loved preserves, most of which came from her own garden.
Mavis will stay in the hearts of family members and friends as she was a special person to many with her caring, welcoming manner.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Salvation Army and Red Cross.
A family graveside gathering will be held at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, B.C. on Friday December 4 at 11am. 250-542-4333
This will be followed by a reception at FAITH FAMILY BAPTIST CHURCH, 3908 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. at 1pm. 250-545-7700.
Friends are also welcome to celebrate and remember Mavis’s son, Grant Kineshanko who passed away October 19, 2015 at the age of 60.