July 25, 1920 – November 13, 2020
After a long and happy life of 100 years, Muriel Strell ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ and passed gently into the night on Friday Nov 13, 2020. She was born on July 25, 1920 and was so pleased to recently receive congratulations from Queen Elizabeth, as her family roots are in England. She spent her childhood in Vancouver, graduated from Lord Byng High School in 1938 and married Walter, the love of her life, in 1943.
Muriel was an exemplary mother to her 4 children: Barb, Susan (Jim), Rob (Karen) and David (Vicki) and we are all grateful to our parents for demonstrating how joyous life can be, especially if you are willing to work hard, as they did. Muriel adored her grandchildren – Anthony (Patricia), Michael (Anna), Warren (Blanka), Daniel (Lisa), Steven (Kristi), Leah and Shannon, and they all adored her.
She was delighted to be a great-grandparent to Sophia, Isabella, Dayvi, Brooke, Lucy, James, Elise and Opie and always looked forward to their visits and stories. She is survived by many nieces and nephews who she so enjoyed seeing at our family gatherings, especially the children of her dear sister, Jess.
Muriel and Walter were charter members of the Valley Outdoor Club and spent so many happy hours with this group of friendly hikers. Mom was also part of the Wednesday Hikers and the women of this group have been her faithful companions and visitors right up to the present day.
Muriel and Walter were music lovers and never missed an opportunity to attend a classical music concert or hear their children and grandchildren performing. They celebrated their 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries with gala musical events that reflected their great love and devotion to one another and gratitude to their faithful friends.
After Dad passed in 2011, Mom continued to live independently and was always ready to participate in our family occasions, especially the annual picnic at Peace Arch Park to celebrate her summer birthday. We will miss her smiling face, her sense of style in clothing, her graceful ways and her wonderful sense of humour. She was predeceased by her sister, Jess and brother in law, Wilf.
The family wishes to acknowledge with gratitude the wonderfully dedicated staff at White Rock Seniors Village, who looked after our Mom with such love and tender care. The extended family is scattered in various parts of the globe, and unable to meet until the pandemic is a thing of the past.
A celebration is planned for July 2021 when we hope to be able to join with family and friends for memories and tributes to a wonderful person.
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