Rhea Elizabeth Peterkin
August 1922 – April 2007
Rhea’s family first settled in the valley, at Lumby in the early 1800’s, her father Armand Quesnel having the distinction of being the first white child born in Lumby after the town’s incorporation in 1893. A farm, which is now in its fifth generation, is still being run by her brother Roy and his family. Rhea was a war veteran, with service in London, serving her country doing decoding and encryptions, until her discharge in Toronto in 1946. After that period, she worked for the Canadian government, until 1986, retiring after thirty-seven years of public service.
Always a farm girl who loved horses, Rhea never forgot her roots, the love and loyalty to her family and its history, past and present. She lost her only daughter, Nancy in 1967, and her husband Will in 1993. Today, Rhea is survived by her son Frank, residing in Chilliwack, and his wife Lynn and three children and two grandchildren. Frank is retired, having been a draftsman working for the Canadian Army for many years. Her other son Allan, resides in Vernon and currently works for NOCLS, serving individuals who are mentally disabled.
Rhea was in a care facility in Chilliwack for about ten years, and suffered from Alzheimer’s. She always had a cheerful smile, showed a great interest in her grandchildren, and loved the outdoors spending alot of time up at her lake property. Rhea Elizabeth Quesnel Peterkin will be missed by her children, grandchildren and many others who knew her during her eighty-four years.
Rest in peace mum.