August 25, 1931 – December 29, 2020
at the age of 89 years
It is with profound sadness that we, the family of Elizabeth Thersia Montgomery (Gaschler) of Salmon Arm announce to you her family, friends, congregation, and community of her peaceful passing on December 29, 2020 at Salmon Arm Hospital.
She is survived by her children and grandchildren Patricia Pappas – Rebecca & Christy, Michelle Easterbrook – fur babies Mickey & Chicklet, Sandra Montgomery – Bowen, Genie & Joy, Larry Montgomery (Jo Anne) – Cody, Evan & Matthew, Debra Bowles (Michael)- Bridgit, Trinity, Garhett and six delightful great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother John Gaschler, sister Frances Menzies and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband of 39 years Kenneth and granddaughter Stephanie.
2020, unlike any other in her prior 89 years was a challenging year for her, as it was for so many others as well. But it was a good life for mom.
She was born in Regina on August 25th, 1931. In her 12th year, her family relocated to North Vancouver to make it home where she flourished. At 20 she embarked on an adventure of her own to the big city of Toronto to work for Pitney Bowes. While back home on vacation in BC, she went to the Clinton Dude Ranch where she met her handsome knight in shining armour (sort of) and a new adventure began for the two of them. It was a whirlwind romance and he whisked her away to California where they married and started their family. Five years later they returned to BC to a whole host of new challenges. Together life took them to all four corners of this beautiful province before retiring to their favourite spot – Salmon Arm – where they finally planted their permanent roots.
She enjoyed and found strength in her Faith based family and friends throughout her lifetime. The many deeply profound friendships she forged with her creative sisters in her quilting group and the raucous fun she had with her Churches Thrift Store buddies…we’ve seen pictures!!
We are grateful for the care she received these past months, both at Bastion Place and Shuswap Lake Hospital. A special thank you to her nurse Carissa for her hugely compassionate heart while caring for mom and us in these last few trying days. Our heartfelt thank you to all the Doctors from Shuswap Family Practice. Words cannot convey how very grateful we are for your many kindnesses, helpful advice and outstanding medical care.
In lieu of flowers, donations to your local SPCA would be gratefully appreciated. Mom always loved the fur friends, she is no doubt walking Dudley this very minute meeting and greeting all his new friends.
Prayers welcomed anytime by any denomination. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.