COTTON, Norah. 1st October, 1922 –

24th July, 2013. Norah passed away peacefully after a short illness in Peace Arch Hospital, White Rock on 24th July. Over the past ten years she had courageously endured a number of operations and afflictions, but retained her spirit, sense of humour and firm Christian faith to the end.

She is sadly and deeply missed by her husband David, her daughters Pamela & Caroline, her grandson Hamish, her brother David, her sons-in-law Tom and Rich, the Saunders family and the friends and neighbours who knew and admired her. Norah was born in Keighley, Yorkshire, England, of Scottish parents, Dr and Mrs David Hardie, and later moved to Bournemouth. After volunteering for the W.R.N.S. Norah worked as a doctor’s secretary and a dress designer, then trained as an Occupational Therapist at Oxford, where she met her husband David.

After the birth of her daughters Norah retrained as a teacher, and found satisfaction for both professions by teaching in the children’s wards of Oxford hospitals. After retirement Norah and her husband moved to White Rock to join their daughters and grandson. Here she enjoyed attending church activities, gardening and entertaining, until 15 months ago physical and mental weakness forced her to retire to Ocean View Care Home, where she was very much loved and well cared for. There will be a Memorial Service and reception at First United Church, White Rock, at 2pm on Thursday, 8th August. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia.

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