August 24, 1927 – January 2, 2021
Born in Kelowna, BC where mom, spent some of her childhood years. Then moving to Vancouver, 2328 Stevens Street, which is now a Heritage house. Mom had two siblings, Phel, and Audrey. Her parents were William Sands and Florence Sands (Marshall). Moms father was a Vancouver city Policeman and lost his life during Hurricane Freida in 1962.
Moms mother, “Big Nanny” as her grandchildren lovingly called her. Big Nanny, was a hard worker and became a single mother, fostering many children to help support her own family. Fond stories told were of mom enjoying swimming and her love of the water.
Around 16 years of age mom fell “head over Heels” in love with dad Otto Tomm! They shared a wonderful romance with many interesting life stories, maybe a book should follow! They married on July 14, 1945.
The years closely following were of war, hardships and depression. Mom & Dad learned about sacrifices, living by simplistic life examples, always displaying and teaching gratitude.
In the years to follow came their six children, Terry (Judy), Ron (Marion), Kathy (Harlan), Dyan (Alex), Debbie (Robin), Laurie (Todd), Thirteen Grandchildren and Thirty-two and counting Great Grandchildren. Married almost seventy-four years, with many moves, jobs and homes included.
Mom had an unwavering commitment to family. She always approached life with energy, purpose and grace. Mom knew politics, current events and had such a passion for history. She loved a good hockey game and a good CFL Football game. Mom was a dedicated spectator for many grandchildren as well as great Grandchildren’s sports.
Mom had a gift to make the many homes they lived in the coziest ever! She sewed curtains, cushion covers, crocheted quilts and baby blankets, dish cloths and other crocheted items. She did their taxes, kept medical journals, cooked and baked galore. Mom could be described as being witty and feisty!
She was the voice of sanity and decent values. She always managed to shine a light on the truth. Mom was spiritual and loved the Lord and always said her prayers. The world will forever need people like our Mother.
So, we applaud you and are in awe of you mom! Thank you, for your wisdom, your beautiful heart and blessed love. Moms last expressive days were with daughters Deb, Laurie and myself presence where she always mentioned how much she loved her family. Kisses, Kisses, Kisses, We Love You More and God Bless!
The family of Joan would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the amazing Care Aids, nurses and staff at Cariboo Place for taking such good care and loving our mother while she was a resident.
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