Eunice Verginia Ray

Eunice Verginia Ray

March 26, 1924 – June 11, 2007

Funeral: Northside Church

Vanderhoof, B.C.

June 15, 2007

Offi ciated by Pastor Mark Schmidt

Eunice was born in Vanderhoof to Lloyd

and Flora Woods. Lloyd was a section foreman

with the CNR and so Eunice’s young years

were spent moving from town to town as the

job required. In her teenage years she settled in

Prince Rupert where she boarded with friends.

She graduated from Booth Memorial High

School in Prince Rupert in 1943. She moved to

Vancouver to work where she met her future

sister-in-law, Doris, who introduced her to her

lifelong partner, Bob. They were married on

June 23, 1945 a union that lasted 62 years!

Eunice and Bob settled in Fort Fraser where

they raised their four children, Art, Wilma,

Sylvia and Ken. She was always involved in

community events and belonged to many

different organizations; the Women’s Institute,

Fall Fair Committee, Quilters Guild. She was

instrumental in helping to start many of the

organizations: the Board of Trade, the Show

Committee, the Water Board, TOPS to name

a few. They owned a Building Supply store

which kept her very busy doing bookkeeping

and clerking but that didn’t slow her community

involvement down. She was a Schoolboard

trustee as well as the Returning Offi cer for the

Federal Polling Station.

Her home on Highway 16 was situated at

the perfect spot for Eunice to use her hospitality

skills. Because it was next door to the Post

Offi ce and across the road from the Grocery

store many people would stop in each day for

a quick cup of coffee while they were in town.

She loved company and was always ready

for them. She also opened her home to people

that needed a place to stay, whether it was a

family member going through a crisis time or

a friend’s child that needed a home to be closer

to work, it didn’t matter to Eunice, if she could

make room they stayed!

Her retirement home on 5th Avenue was always

busy with friends and family stopping in.

She enjoyed watching the birds as they gathered

at her feeders each day. She loved fl owers

and her fl ower beds were of great enjoyment to

her where she spent many hours relaxing and

pulling weeds while neighbours stopped by to

chat. In the winter she passed the hours by taking

correspondence courses, painting, drawing,

crocheting, knitting or quilting.

Her last few years were spent in the Omineca

Lodge and then on to the Stuart Nechako

Manor where she passed away peacefully. She

suffered form Shy-Drager Syndrome, a neurological

disease that caused her to lose ability to

walk and care for herself. She maintained her

sense of humor and wit to the very end and

enjoyed joking with the staff at the Manor. Her

smile could light up a room.

She will be sadly missed by her loving husband,

Bob, her children, grandchildren, great

grandchildren, sister, brother, inlaws, nieces

and nephews and many friends.


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