Alma Isabel MARDIS (nee Wanamaker)

Alma Isabel Mardis (Wanamaker)

August 13, 1916 – December 17, 2010

Alma passed peacefully from this earth December 17, 2010 at New Horizon Care Home in Campbell River B.C. at the age of 94, with her daughters Laurel and Sharon at her side.

She was predeceased by her parents Wilfred Stanley and Annie Maria(Bell), her husband Horace David Mardis, her brothers and sister in laws, Gordon (Dorothy), Jim (Katie), Fred (Barbara), George (Marg), John (Jean and Yvonne), Bob, baby Roy, and her sister Doreen Armsworthy (Covert).

She is survived by children Laurel Delgatty(George) Sharon Worley(Neil), Don(Jeanette), grandchildren Darcy Delgatty(Paul), Colin Worley, Erin Maki(Larry), Richard Mardis(Christa), Nicole Mardis, great grandchildren Chayton, Carson, Cassidy, Cameron, Sadie, sister in law Helen Wanamaker, and several nieces and nephews.

Alma grew up in Saskatchewan, and started working as a hired girl at age 15 in Nipawin Saskatchewan. In 1935 at age 19 she went to Flin Flon to marry Horace Mardis. In two years they had built a log house on the Beaver Lake road and then started a family. In 1944 they bought a house in Flin Flon at 18 Hill Street, and their third child was born. In the 1950’s she went to work for the Flin Flon Daily Reminder and worked there for 7 years. In 1963 Horace got a job as caretaker at the Osborne Lake mine 20 miles from Snow Lake. While there she took up photography and became involved in producing a book on the pioneers of Snow Lake for the 1967 Centennial Celebrations. She interviewed all of the pioneers she could find and recorded their stories. In 1971 Horace retired and they moved to Campbell River BC. and built a house there. In retirement she took advantage of Island College and its programs for seniors. She took up writing, wood carving, painting, and pottery. The homes of her family are full of her creations. In 1994 they moved into a patio home in a senior’s complex. Horace died in 1997 at the age of 91. Alma remained there until October 2009 when she moved to New Horizons Care Home.

Alma and Horace provided a great life for their children, encouraging them in everything they sought to do. They are lovingly remembered.

The family would like to thank Dr Proctor, Home Care in Campbell River and the staff at New Horizons Care Home for the support they gave Alma in her final years.

Cremation has taken place with a memorial service to be held at a future time.