Jan. 26, 1927 – Dec. 16, 2006
Muriel Isobel Martin (Henderson) passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Vernon Hospice House on Saturday December 16, 2006. She was in her 80th year. Muriel wa predeceased by her loving husband Henry, her parents William and Rachel Henderson, sister Olive and brothers Bill, David, Alf and Ernie. She is survived by her children Linda (Deloy) Routley of Vernon, their children Jacqueline (Dale), Greg (Heidi), Jeff (Kiley) and Martin (Kate). Son Gary (Gay) Martin of Kamloops, his children Tina (Steve), Joe, Neal and Jeanne (Tim). Daughter Bev (Denis) Thibault of Vernon, their children Brent, Shawn (Rachael) and Rachelle (Steve). Daughter Bonnie (Real) Lauzonof Vernon, their children Marc (Wendy), Brendan (Trevor) and Kristen. Wendy (Bob) Wilson of Vernon, their children Bonnie and Katherine. Daughter Joanne (Greg) Beatly of Vernon, their children Emily and Kate. Daughter Monica (Kelly) Winston of Vernon, their children Ayla and Noah. Daughter Lianne (Mark) Prentice of Vancouver and their children Molly and Maggie. She is also survived by twenty one great-grandchildren, one brother George Henderson of Delta and numerous nieces and nephews.
Born on January 26, 1927 in Armstrong to immigrants from Belfast Ireland. Muriel took life head on and enjoyed sports, friends and without hesitation helped with work on the farm. Life and her hairdressing business took her to Lumby where she met the love of her life Henry Martin. There they lived and loved raising a large family and built a successful business (Monashee Lumber Co.). Later they moved to Vernon and enjoyed life fully in the B.X. Years and a good strong life went quickly by with growing family gatherings, trips to Europe, Africa and South America being some of the highlights. Her life was tested after her dear Henry’s death in 1987. Her large adoring family and her home in the countryside strengthened her.
After a fruitful life she was brought home to her eternal reward for a life well lived.
Prayers will be recited on Friday evening December 22, 2006 at 7 PM in St. James Catholic Church. The Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. James Catholic Church on Saturday December 23, 2006 at 2 PM. Father Martin Peyton celebrant. Tea to follow in the St. James Parish Center.
In lieu of flowers those wishing to may make a memorial contribution to the Vernon Hospice Society 3506 – 27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4. Pleasant Valley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.