Sally “Sals” VACHON

We regret to announce the passing of Sally “Sals” Vachon, in the presence of her daughter, on the evening of October 16, 2013 at Noric House in Vernon, BC. Predeceased by her husband Philippe on August 25, 1974, and her elder sister Susan Hore of Portsmouth, England on November 7, 2010, Sals is survived by her younger sister Elizabeth May of Sparsholt, England; children Bernard (Paloma) of Ben Lomond, California; Paris (Cathy) of Ottawa, Ontario; Vicki (Rankin) Gotobed of Coldstream, BC; and Vincent of Victoria, BC; as well as six grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. Sallyann Overton was born in Seaford, England on May 12, 1933 and attended Christ’s Hospital boarding school and a domestic arts college. Sals sailed to Australia in the early 1950s, spending two years there as a nanny. Returning to England, the travel bug took hold again and she soon arrived in Montréal where she worked for a cotton manufacturing company. Travelling and working across the country, she ended up packing fruit in Penticton, BC where she met and married Philippe Vachon of St-Joseph-de-Beauce, Québec on September 25, 1957. They lived in Lavington and Lumby, BC before settling in Vernon in 1967. Always willing to work hard and ferociously independent, Sals did a myriad of jobs in order to support herself and her family once widowed. Her favourite job was in the Resource Centre at the Vernon School District office. Travel continued to play a large part in her life during these years, with many trips and cruises. Her life began to slow down once she was diagnosed with dementia and Parkinson’s, terrible diseases which slowly robbed her of her independence and self. Her love of bright colours, tie-dyed shirts, dressing up and sunflowers, however, remained strong until the end. A celebration of life service will be held for Sals Vachon at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Vernon First Baptist Church (1406 – 32nd Avenue, Vernon) with a tea to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society of British Columbia (600 – 890 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1J9). You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s on-line obituary @

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Vernon 250-558-0866 & Armstrong 250-546-7237

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