Freda Hibbert

Our dear and loving mother has died in her ninety-second year, an age she adamantly refused to believe she had attained. Mom was born in Scotland and immigrated to Canada as a three month old infant. Raised in Winnipeg, she met and married the love of her life, Jeffrey, a Welsh RAF bomber pilot completing his training at Gimli in 1945. While dad was still in India when peace broke out, Mom became a “war bride” the wrong way round by traveling to a small town in rural Wales. Surviving the ensuing culture shock, Mom gave birth to four children, Kenneth (Deborah), Alun (Laurel), Barbara (Travis) and Janet, all of whom survive her and are left to mourn her passing, as are myriad grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After enduring ten years of rationing, our parents decided to return to Canada in 1955. Dad, now a heavy duty diesel mechanic, headed off to the Dew Line. Eventually he secured a “southern posting” in Fort Nelson on the Alaska Highway. The family took great joy in this isolated little town for the next five years and then found itself on Vancouver Island, first in Sidney, then Mill Bay and finally, after Jeff’s death, Chemainus.

Mom lived for her kids, loved her gardens, her lace making and knitting. She is missed.

Many thanks to the kind staff at Cairnsmore Place and to Dr. Tanis Morris for their unstinting care of our mother over the past few years.

No service is planned as yet. No flowers please. Donations may be made to any charity. She supported them all.


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