Patricia Mary Eileen Bayliss (nee Ward)
Our always laughing wife and mother of two sons has passed away on November 10, 2012, after several ordeals in recent years. Until the last incident she would get up and laugh. She will be missed by her husband of 52 years, George and sons Patrick and Leonard, both bachelors; her two sisters and brother in England and nephews and nieces around the world.
Pat was born in Reading, Berkshire, England on November 3, 1939 and lived with her grandmother throughout WW2. She was educated at St. Anne’s Catholic School and later Reading Technical College. Her ambition to be a Librarian was cut short by marriage, but which had begun at Reading University Library.
Marriage was on May 28, 1960 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Caversham followed by a two day honeymoon and later that year the overland trip to Australia. Leonard and Patrick were both born in Queensland. A glutton for punishment, a return journey to Britain, beginning in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) using ferries where needed and a different route via Palestine and the middle east including the Dead Sea and Holy Land was made in 1964 with both sons, to show to their grandparents in England.
Fourteen months later, she came to Canada, landing at Pier 31 from RMS Carinthia and went to Prince Edward Island where husband George was involved in building steel-hulled trawlers. Moving on later in 1966 to Amherstburg, Ontario where her family lived in a tent until October, she became accustomed to walking around barefoot in floodwaters from regular thunderstorms!
Continuing across Canada to White Rock, BC, she met the late Melanie Christien who became a good friend and whose parents influenced her move to Vernon, on condition she would not move again. Pat was involved with Forestry, beginning work at the Government Nursery and later Pacific Regeneration Technologies where she worked for twenty seven years before retiring.
Pat was involved with family history, friends of history, historical society, two garden clubs, outdoors club, Tuesday ramblers and others. She was good at knitting from a young age and her Nativity Scenes can be seen around Vernon at Christmas time. She recorded monument inscriptions, birth, marriage and death entries in Okanagan newspapers, funeral home records, 1891 census of BC and various other projects including the list of Vernon Citizens who served in World War 1, seen each year at the Remembrance Day entrance at Westbuild Centre
Her Requiem Mass will be held at St. James’ Catholic Church on Wednesday, November 21, at 11:00 a.m. with interment at St. Nicholas’ Cemetery in Coldstream. Those wishing to remember Pat may do so by donating to The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 – 32 Street, Vernon, BC V1T 5L2 or via www.vjhfoundation.org., in lieu of flowers. Pat believed in the organ donor program and her corneas (eyes) were recovered for the benefit of others. She would encourage others to consider being donors in the future.
Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.