December 24, 1922 – July 8, 2014
at the age of 91 years
PFEIFER, Hilda (Billie) Emma (91 years young) It is with great sadness that we have to let you know that our Auntie Bill passed away. Hilda Emma Virtue was born in Okotoks, AB on December 24, 1922 to Sam and Clara Virtue. She grew up in Okotoks, Black Diamond and later in Turner Valley areas. She married Herman Pfeifer in 1941, and they resided in Turner Valley until 1953 when they transferred to Blue River, BC and transferred again to Kamloops in 1961. Throughout their lives Auntie Bill and Uncle Herm were wonderful, kind and fun to be with for all their nieces and nephews and any other children whom they met, they were such a good match. All of us were very fortunate to have them in our family. Sadly, Auntie Bill was widowed in 1968. She later took some courses at Cariboo College and subsequently worked at the Kamloops Library (a perfect fit for such an avid reader) until transferring to the North Kamloops Library when it opened, retiring in 1982. She travelled and saw what she wanted including a bus tour across Canada. She also travelled to Australia, Mexico, England and Europe including Switzerland. She moved to Salmon Arm in 2003 and remained there until her passing on July 8, 2014.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Herman Pfeifer, and siblings Dorothy Hall, Jim Virtue, Joy Kendall and Gordon Virtue; nieces Lorna Virtue and Jo Ann Kendall (Wright) Scheck and nephews David Kendall and Wayne Kendall.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Laurie (Wilf) Durand; Sharon (Richard) Durand; Gordon (Carol) Virtue; Pam Hill; Lorne (Tracy) Virtue; Rick (Ellen) Kendall; Barb (Ken) Veillette; Bob (Linda) Kendall; Jackie (Jerry) Veillette; Jill Kendall; Don (Bunny) Pfeifer and many great nieces and nephews as well as great, great nieces and nephews all who knew that we were well loved by Auntie Bill.
She had prearranged her wishes with the help of Vince and Tammy at Fischer’s Funeral Home, their support was greatly appreciated by Billie and the family. Thank you to Dr. J. Aitchison; BC Ambulance staff, Staff at SLG Hospital and Bastion House; and especially to Troy DeVries at Baptist Housing Foundation. A family graveside service was held at Hillside Cemetery in Kamloops and she is placed with her husband.
Forgive my lateness…….Hilda was such a friend to me and others that worked with her in the North Kamloops Library. I do regret not phoning her more as we always found so much to talk about. My children always asked about her when they phoned. She was loved and will be missed. Hilda, I find it hard to accept that you are not just a phone call away. I loved you, Hilda…..Alice
My heart felt sympathy to the extended family for the sudden lost of your amazing “mom”. We will miss her at Sun Ridge Estates. Thank you letting us share her these last many years. “Billy” was always so kind and cheerful, even when she was struggling. “Cheers” to one amazing lady!
Chaplain Dave Danyluk at Sun Ridge Estates
So sad to hear Hilda passed on. She was such a wonderful woman. XO Hilda, I’ll never forget you!
I would like to share in loss of this lovely lady. I feel very privleged and blessed to have known Hilda. She was a joy.