September 21, 1929 – April 27, 2020 –
at the age of 90 years
Catherine Ruth Jameson (nee Jackson) died peacefully on April 27. She lived her entire 90 years in Salmon Arm. Cathy was born in the Salmon Arm hospital in 1929, the youngest child of 7 of George and Hetty (Syme) Jackson and their only child born in Canada. The Jackson family homesteaded in the Mt. Ida valley. Cathy grew up in a large extended family and close-knit community. She attended Mt. Ida school from grade 1 – 8 then high school in Salmon Arm. Travel those days was by horse and buggy and for Cathy, a 14-mile round trip on bicycle to attend high school in Salmon Arm.
Cathy worked at the Salmon Arm Farmer’s Exchange after high school until the time of her marriage- married women had to leave their jobs in those days.
Cathy married Clancy Jameson in 1950 and together they raised their 5 children: George, Linda, Laura, Don and Cathy Ann. She was the quintessential wife and mother of those times; running a busy household, keeping a big garden, canning, baking, and supporting her children in their various activities. She and Clancy built and maintained a truly happy home where unconditional love, compassion, playfulness, kindness and service were part of family and community life. The family enjoyed camping, swim meets, sports, and many summer days at Shuswap Lake.
Cathy was suddenly widowed at 47 and had to carry on her life without Clancy. She enrolled in a Home Support course at the Kamloops college and then worked for Salmon Arm Home Support for 18 years. Cathy began her international travels in 1978; her first trip was to England, Scotland and Europe with her sister Tina Bartman. Other trips included Mexico, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, China, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Cameroon, Ireland and Bali. Cathy took up downhill skiing in 1978 and enjoyed many days at Silver Star with her good friend Alice Broeder.
In 1985, Cathy met Ralph Davis and together they travelled, skied and went into business together. They operated a fruit delivery/sales business, travelling with Okanagan fruit to sell in northern BC. Next, they built a fruit stand in Sicamous and operated it until 1997. Ralph died in 2017.
Cathy was an enthusiast for life. She said ‘yes’ to new experiences and maintained an open mind and a kindness for others. She enjoyed many local trips with her extended family and hosted family dinners. She was an enthusiastic Canucks and Raptors fan. She joined the local lawn bowling group and the Mt. Ida Historical Group and helped compile the book, The Many Faces of Mt. Ida.
Shortly after Ralph’s death, Cathy moved to Andover Terrace and subsequently to Hillside Village in 2018. She enjoyed the activities and loving care at Hillside Village, Andover Terrace, and the professional care of Dr. Laura Hepburn.
Cathy maintained her kindness and sense of humor until the end. As life’s memories slipped away, Cathy always remembered her children, their partners, the grandchildren and great grandchildren. There was no doubt of her love. Family was at the core of Cathy’s being.
Cathy is survived by her sons and daughters: George (Jan), Linda Fraser (Ian), Laura (Murray), Don (Patti) and Cathy Ann (Dave); her grandchildren: Ricci, Glen (Jennifer), Angus (Emma), Katy (Curtis), Alison (Amos), Shana, Sam (Jami), Max, Andrew, Emma, and Laura; six great-grandchildren: Ana, Callum, Tobin, Eli, Luthor and Kylor. Cathy is also survived by her cousin Alan Syme and many nieces and nephews.
We feel the ache of loss but also love and gratitude for Mom’s life and all that she gave us.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.