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.
Ann Howard (nee Lewis)