Thelma Wilhelmina (nee Kniert) Prendergast

Died peacefully at her home in the loving arms of family on Saturday, October 30, 2004.

She was born September 22, 1914 in Fernie, B.C., to her parents Ferdinand (Fred) and Augusta.

Her first marriage by elopement to William Pearce in 1937 brought her only daughter Charlene in 1938; both of them predeceased her.

In 1949, she met her second husband and true love Homer when working as an elevator operator in downtown Vancouver.

He tragically died (1957)after only three years marriage.

Thelma persevered in a courageous hard-working independent life. She valued and enjoyed her work in jewelry stores and hardware.

Thelma led an active, successful and vibrant life outside work as well – travelling, reading, bowling, lawn-bowling, and socializing. Casinos feared Thelma crossing their threshold, as she always went home a winner.

“Nonnie” cherished her grandchildren (their spouses and great grandchildren) Duanne (Nancy, Melissa, John, Kevin), Derek (Pamela, Emily, Spencer) and Laurene (Tim).

She was fortunate to have a loving extended family, including her brothers; Lawrence; Ken; Herbert; Carl; and sister Pearl; their families, and her cousins, especially Bert (Lorraine, Ted, Jim, Janeen) and Gertie (Cliff).

She valued her committed friends and neighbours, especially Mitchell, Steve, Marge and the “Chatterclub”.

Thelma was feisty, spunky and engaging for all fortunate enough to know her; including the helpful people in Ocean Park at the library, Morrison’s Cafe, Safeway, and Bank of Montreal.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the CNIB or the Surrey Public Library (Special Services).

A celebration of her life and tea was held at Victory Funeral Chapel, 14831 – 28th Ave., on Saturday, November 6th at 1:30 pm.

The family hopes that those who knew Thelma will come to share their fond remembrances.

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