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In memoriam: B. Eileen Brown (Ross)

November 23, 1923 - August 25, 2023

B. Eileen Brown passed away peacefully on August 25, in the Willingdon Creek facility where she had been a resident for the past seven years. She was born November 23, 1923, to Arthur Abel and Blanche Isobel Ross, in Powell River.

Mom was the third child and oldest daughter in her family. Her siblings Delbert, Arthur, Joy and Stanley all predeceased her.

Mom and Dad married on December 8, 1944. Mom met Dad, Stuart T. Brown, when he came to Powell River from Vancouver to look for work. Upon meeting Mom, he was smitten. He left to fight in the war, returning to marry Mom within days.

In their first year of marriage, they welcomed Sherrill (Wayne Sheaves), and several years later along came Linda (deceased), always safely tucked under mom's wing with mom constantly trying to fix her. Then came Laurie (Ray Armstrong), then Patti, their fourth daughter.

Mom was always happiest while busy. She worked at Columbia Stores in Townsite before getting married and starting her family. She worked at SuperValu as a meat wrapper after her youngest started school. When she quit, she started ceramic classes in the basement of our home on Klahanie Drive.

Mom also volunteered for many organizations over the years: president of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Hospital Auxiliary, and the Red Cross to name a few. She enjoyed playing cards and going on casino trips and loved to socialize with her many friends and family.

Mom and Dad were super-devoted fans of local hockey, holding season tickets for probably 50 years. "Go Kings go!"

Mom went through some major events in the last four to five years. Losing Linda, and the fire in her condo. Like a trooper, she had to climb down a ladder accompanied by a fireman. She moved, moved, and moved again to Coastal Breeze, where she developed many more close friends during her time there. Then she broke her hip; that was tough on her, but she recovered.

Then she moved to Willingdon Creek; her seven months there were like a rollercoaster ride. She got quite sick and recovered a couple of times; the last time was too much. We know she went peacefully to be with her Stuart and all her family, friends and pets who had passed before her.

Mom's greatest joy in her life was her family and her grandchildren: Julie, Wendy, Kelly, Jennifer and Craig, and her great-grandchildren Adam, Cole, Sage, Braidyn, Chase, Jaxon, Grace, Amelia, Arden, Lucy, Henry and Beatrice.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Mom's name to a charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 pm on October 7, 2023, at Cranberry Seniors Centre.

We will all forever miss you. You are always in our hearts.

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