Edna passed away peacefully on November 26, 2019 with her family by her side. She was born on April 18, 1923 in Bournemouth, England. She served in the Women’s Land Army during WW2 where she met Gerry Steel who was serving in the RCAF. She came to Canada in November 1946 and married Gerry on January 22, 1947 in Calgary.

They moved to Victoria in 1960 where they raised their 3 daughters. Gerry predeceased Edna in 1974. She then returned to the work force and became the Registrar at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, a job which she loved until her retirement in 1988. Edna travelled extensively all over the world. She loved gardening, music, concerts and belonged to many social groups including Goward House. She volunteered at the Cancer Clinic, Symphony Splash and with the Friends of Government House.

She is survived by her three daughters, Pam, Pat (Greg) and Barb (David); 5 grandchildren, Stephen (Christie), Heather (Jeff), David (Julie), Emily, Christopher (Cailin) and 4 great grandchildren, Logan, Emma, Isabel and Mattias.

Thank you to all the caregivers who helped Edna in the last year. Special thanks to the staff of VGH ER and 6 North for showing such compassion to Edna and her family in her final hours.

Donations in Edna’s memory may be made to Eldercare, SPCA, BC Cancer Agency, Alzheimer’s Society or a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Ann Howard (nee Lewis)

    Hello Pam, Barb and Pat
    I am sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember her and your dad and babysitting you long ago. She did live a long life but that doesn’t make it any easier for those who are left. My sincere condolences to all of you.

  • Melanie Etheridge

    Dear Pam, Pat and Barb,

    I have fond memories of Christmas day gatherings at your house on Broadmead Avenue for a glass of pop and your Mum’s home made goodies. I can still see her happy smiling face as our family arrived at your house. My mum and your mum took several trips together, England, New Orleans and Washington State. I know how much my mum enjoyed these trips with your mum.

    In Sympathy,

  • Lynne Bain

    Dear Pam, Pat and Barb,

    Heartfelt condolences from all of us in the Bain family. We have so many lovely memories of great visits with you when we were growing up. Jean is 99 and living in St Charles Manor. She sends her love and warm wishes to all of you.

  • Colleen Lunde

    Dear Pam and Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Your mother was very courageous throughout her lifetime. She was a very good role model to all those who knew her. Her memory will live on with many people. With love, Colleen Lunde

  • Jennifer Burke

    Pam, Pat, Barb and Families,
    Our hearts are with you.
    Paul, Jennifer and Family

  • Sara Cavanagh

    Heather and Pat- my condolences to you families. I hope you can find peace at this time.

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