Our beautiful mother passed away Monday, November 18, 2019 at peace finally after her brave struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Predeceased by husband Neville in 1981, she leaves her beloved sister, Rita; daughter, Leigh (Tim); son, Trevor (May); grandchildren Nicolas, Julia, Keith and Harry; favourite niece, Tricia and nephew, Nigel (Karen) and their children.

Born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, she served with the Auxiliary Territorial Service in Winchester and post-war Germany (‘time of her life’) and later emigrated with her family to Canada in 1968.  She had a long career at Ontario Hydro and then retired to Victoria, where she loved her volunteer work, her beautiful house and garden, travelling to England, Europe, throughout Southeast Asia and Hong Kong with family.

She was an inimitable nana: funny, irreverent, generous, wise, devoted.

In these last years, Mum was loved and cared for at home up to the last 48 hours of her life when it was clear (to those with clearer vision) she needed to be in hospital.

Thus, did she slip our grasp and go.

Our profound gratitude goes to Dr. Shaun Humphreys, Victoria Hospice, Elizabeth Lofts at RJ Senior’s Center, Luther Court Day Program, Saanich Penninsula Hospital staff, Alzheimer’s Society of BC, and treasured friends for their support along this rough road.

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree

And I shall have some peace there….

Rest in peace, mum. Forever in our hearts.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens






  • Bev Horsman

    Dear Leigh, Tim and family,
    Wishing you all peace as you process this deep loss. Your Mum was a lucky lady to have been surrounded with such love.

  • Tony Vernon

    Thinking of you and your family, Leigh. My deepest sympathy.

  • Mavis Degirolamo

    Yvonne was a special person in so many ways. I loved interacting with her at Global village as she had such interesting experiences to relate. I know how very much she will be missed and I extend sincere condolences to the family.
    Much love and healing thoughts

  • Wendy Phillips

    Yvonne always had such a spark of humour about her. You will miss her, and so will we when we come to see you. Much love to you all. Wendy and Ted

  • The Riggs

    Dear Leigh,Tim and Family,
    What can one say in times like this? Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you and understand what you are going through. Peace and Love.
    The Riggs

    A limb has fallen from the family tree.
    I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me”.
    Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
    The good life I lived while I was strong.
    Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
    Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
    My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
    Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
    Continue traditions, no matter how small.
    Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
    I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
    Until the day comes we’re together again.

  • Martha Moloney

    Dear Leigh, Tim, Nicolas & Julia,

    We remember Yvonne with great fondness. She loved, and was loved and well cared for. A good life.


    Gary, Martha, Vanessa, Yasmin, Darragh.

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