July 28, 1926 – February 10, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hazel Evelyn Lindores. Mom slipped away peacefully in her sleep at home on February 10, 2021.
She is predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Robert Douglas Lindores, in 2009. She is survived by her four children; Doug, Leslie (Dwayne), Cathy (Scott), Donna (Robert), 8 grandchildren; James (Sandy), Richard, Allison (Kyle), Regan (Jeremy), Robert, Hanna, Jarek, Tristan, and five great grandchildren; Landon, Holden, Boston, Brooklyn and Caleb.
Mom was born July 28, 1926 to Daniel and Ella Nora Docksteader. She grew up in Webster’s Corners, the community established by her grandfather, James Murray Webster. Mom was the second youngest of seven children and was raised in the house built by her father. She grew up on a homestead that had a picturesque view of the Golden Ears Mountains.
Following graduation Mom moved to Vancouver and attended secretarial school. Soon after she worked for the Gulf of Georgia Towing. He second position was with the Bank of Nova Scotia on South Granville. It was there that she met and fell in love with Robert Douglas Lindores who worked at the Dominion Bank of Canada across the street.
Mom and Dad were married April 8, 1950 in Haney. They lived in Vancouver until 1963. They moved to Abbotsford as Dad accepted the position as Manager of the TD Bank there. This was a return home for him as he was born and raised in Straiton on Sumas Mountain, the community established by his grandfather Thomas Bell Straiton.
These were busy years for Mom raising four children and being a full-time homemaker. Her Singer sewing machine was always ready for hemming, sewing figure skating costumes, graduation dresses and Home Ec projects. Mom loved baking pies which were always enjoyed by all at Sunday dinners.
Every summer she could be found canning fruits and vegetables and making raspberry jam. Mom was also very involved in her church. She was a Sunday School teacher, a Pioneer Girls leader, part of the church prayer chain and a member of the Christian Women’s Club.
Mom and Dad loved to travel. Mom loved the ocean and the sunshine. Hawaii was a favourite destination. Upon Dad’s retirement they became “Snowbirds”, spending three months in Arizona and Palm Springs in their fifth wheel. These trips always began in January as Mom made sure that they were home to host Christmas for their family. They also travelled world-wide to Europe, the UK, and on cruises through Panama.
Some of Mom and Dad’s favourite pastimes were sharing and conquering crossword puzzles, reading novels, playing cards with other couples, and belonging to several bridge clubs. After Dad’s passing, Mom continued to travel alone and with family around the world until the age of 93.
One of Mom’s greatest joys was being a grandmother. She loved spending time with her eight grandchildren. Whether attending hockey games, baseball games, piano recitals and graduations, Grandma was there.
Mom maintained her independence, living in her home on her own. All the while, she continued routine activities which included watching NHL hockey games, staying up late (always a night owl being the last one in her neighbourhood to turn out her lights), going for ice cream, and working on her crossword puzzles until her passing at the age of 94 ½.
A private family service was held on February 23. She was laid to rest next to Dad at Hazlewood Cemetery. Her passing has left a huge void.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
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