THELMA WEST (CUMBERLAND)
Her “Get up and go” got up and went peacefully May 12th at home with her family in Kelowna. Predeceased by her husband Cliff in 1966, sisters Dorothea Grant, Alethea Hamilton, Elda Leveridge. Survived by daughters Joan Linden, Regina, Janice Dwan (Ron), granddaughters Ashley and Adrienne Dwan, Vernon, B.C.; sons Dale (Cindy) Kenora, Ont.; Grant (Jackie) Red Lake, Ont., granddaughters Jody and Kirby Hogg. Also survived by brothers Jack and Jim (Inez) of Moose Jaw; Joe, Edmonton; Jason (Isabel), Saskatoon and sister Sheila Moore (Ron), Parksville, B.C., several nieces and nephews.
A gal born with vision and vitality Sept. 24, 1918 at Tuxford, Sask. Like so many widows of her generation she worked hard to raise a family but never lost sight of her many aspirations and dreams, all of which she accomplished and then some. She took up the challenge of being an adult college student while working full time in and out of the home. Her years of employment at the Moose Jaw Public Library cultivated many friendships and community acquaintances and provided a wealth of information and knowledge which she used to enhance and advance her life. She was fortunate and ever grateful to have been given opportunities to have traveled Europe. N & S America and thereby fulfilling another dream. Music was always in her soul – if there was a dance to be danced …! As a very mature student another goal was attained when she began piano lessons again after having three lessons as a child from her mother and true to her nature it was “forget getting a new car, keep the beater and buy a grand”. Her first student recital at age 82 was attended by an anxious daughter and granddaughter. She played and danced literally to her mortal end. We are lovingly remembering the feisty and always fashionable Mom and friend who was always ready to “go” no matter how she felt. Her drive had no reverse. In accordance with her wishes a memorial (party) will be announced at a later date for Moose Jaw. A private family burial will take place this summer in Moose Jaw. Memorial tributes can be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Palliative Care Program, 2268 Pandosy St., Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 1T2 or Friends of the Moose Jaw Public Library, 461 Langdon Cres., Moose Jaw, Sk., S6H 0V8 or the charities of your choice. Condolences to the family c/o 30 Newton Cres., Regina, Sk. S4S 2V8.