Gladys Kellam

KELLAM, GLADYS: Passed away peacefully on April 15, 2009 in her 91st year at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, Trail BC, with family present and watching over her. She was predeceased by her husband Lloyd in 1979.

Gladys is survived by children Mary, Bruce, Graeme(Jo-Anne), Craig(Laurie), Allison(Dave); Grandchildren Connie (Brian), Douglas (Grainne), Justin( Veda), Gordon, Kate Bick(Ray), Derek, Joshua (Amy), Samuel; Great-Grandchildren Landon and Carys Bick, Saoirse Soley and Anders Hille-Kellam, Stephanie, Steven, Danielle, Christopher and Chantelle Rhan. Her family will remember her for all the love, care and attention she gave them through her lifetime.

Gladys was born in Ancaster Township, Ontario, December 28, 1918. She married Lloyd George Kellam on June 4, 1941. They began a farming career and started a family just south of Brantford, Ontario. After visiting their oldest son Bruce on Vancouver Island in 1971 they fell in love with the area and moved to Mill Bay, BC in 1972 to operate Deer Lodge. They also purchased property in Vanderhoof, BC and divided their time between these two wonderful areas. Lloyd passed away in 1979, at which time Gladys chose to permanently live in Vanderhoof as three children were living in the area. She lived there until 2007 when she moved to Rossland, BC.

Gladys was an amazing woman and a delight to be with. She was an avid reader with a passion for music, culture and politics. Those who knew her were impressed with her intelligence, her terrific sense of humour, her kindness and hospitality, and her love for others. Gladys strongly believed that people should help one another and support those less fortunate than themselves. This was in keeping with her deep Christian faith and active involvement in the church. Gracious and giving, Gladys was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew her. We are comforted in knowing that she lived a long and happy life and that her spirit is now in a final and happy resting place with the Lord.

We would like to express our deepest appreciation to the staff at Rosewood Village where Gladys so enjoyed the short time she lived there. The family would like to thank all the staff at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital and Columbia View Lodge who participated in caring for her over the past few months. Their care and compassion were exceptional and a tremendous comfort to Gladys and her family.

Following Gladys’ wishes, there will be no service at this time but the family is planning a celebration of her life in Vanderhoof, BC in July of this year. Al Grywacheski of Personal Alternative Funeral Services “Carberry’s Chapel” was entrusted with arrangements.

In memory of Gladys, a donation can be made to the charity of your choice.