May Christine White

1916 – 2012

On May 20, 2012, a quiet Sunday afternoon, May Christine White, aged 96 years, passed away at the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice, Kamloops, BC

May will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her daughter Patricia (Norman) Zwarich and son-in-law Lannie Williams. Also left to cherish May’s memory are 7 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

May was predeceased by her first husband Thomas Frank, daughter Rose Williams, son Billy Frank and her second husband Jack White of Seattle, WA.

May was the last surviving member of a family of 13. She was predeceased by eight sisters: Gwendolyn (Fern) Funk, Helen King, Marjorie Miller, Frances Perrault, Ethel Perrault, Viola Martin, Joan Sutherby, Wilma Tillapaugh and four brothers: Fred Draffen, Lloyd Christie, Arthur Brewer, Alex Perrault.

May was born May 14, 1916 on the Spider Ranch at the Head of the Lake near Vernon, BC to William (Billy) Brewer and Amelia Duteau. Her grandfather was pioneer settler Vincent Duteau of White Valley (now Lavington). Her childhood years were spent at the Head of the Lake, Armstrong and Westwold where she attended school. About 1944, she took up residence in Seattle where she met and married her second husband Jack White. She was an accomplished chef and worked at several well known Seattle area restaurants and clubs. After her retirement, she moved to Kamloops in 2004 to live with her daughter.

The family would like to give special thanks to the BC Ambulance Service, and Hospice staff for their help and support.

No service by request. May’s cremains will be interred in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Vernon at a future date.

If friends desire, a donation in May’s memory to the Kamloops Hospice Association, 72 Whitshield Crescent South, Kamloops BC, V2E 2S9 is welcomed.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Schoening Cremation Centre 250-554-2429.

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