Feb 14, 1921 – Dec 9, 2017
“Llife is not measured by the number of breaths one takes, but rather by the number of moments that take ones breath away. “
Our beloved mother took her last of many millions of breaths just after noon on December 9, 2017. Quietly, in the early afternoon, Valerie Mae Williams, our mother slipped away from this world in her ninety-seventh year.
Mom’s love of her family and friends enriched all of our lives and her sense of humour, kindness, and generosity of spirit will keep her forever in our hearts.
She will be greatly missed by many, including her sons Barry and Bob, their wife’s Brenda and Anna, her grandchildren Robyn, Travis, Courtney and her great grandson Felix. All of who’s lives have been enriched in numerous ways by her having been a part of them.
Mom was lucky to live a full life, working as a dress-maker for many years, and then retiring to travel and see much of the world with her second husband Gerald who she remained happily married to until his death in 1995. She remained active in the White Rock senior scene until well into eighties, both dancing in local productions, as well as designing and sewing costumes for the cast.
I would often tease mom in her later years when she would complain about the weather here in White Rock. Always allowing her old memories of growing up in the Winnipeg of her youth to take over our conversation. It was there in Winnipeg Manitoba that the first of her many breaths was taken at 10 p.m. on Valentines Day in the year 1921.
Mom was fortunate to live a long, full and rewarding life, and in the process touched the hearts of many. That spark in her eyes was always at it’s brightest when she was surrounded by her family and friends. In the later months when that spark was beginning to fade, we would like to express a heartfelt thanks to all of her personal caregivers, and to the rest of the staff at Weatherby One, who helped care for her during these times.
So goodbye mom, I love you dearly. But you got a lot from that body and those lungs did take many, many breaths, and then there were, of course, those “moments “along the way.
We will miss you, but will be comforted just knowing that like always you will be there watching over us.
Love always. But now mom, please just put your head down and rest in peace, you have certainly earned the right…