December 22, 2006 –
Josephine Susan Sams, died on December 14th at the age of 85 in her home at Yuculta Lodge with family and friends by her side.
Born in Sidney, Vancouver Island on December 3, 1921, Josephine Sams later lived in Scotland and then Vancouver where she married Clifford Sams in 1947. She spent many happy years traveling with Clifford as they shared their love of horses and horseracing. Later settling on a farm in the Fraser Valley they retired and raised their family.
Josephine is survived by her two children, son Edward (Ned) Sams of Fort Langley BC and her daughter Linda Sams and husband Brad Anderson of Campbell River. Also mourning her passing are her beloved grandchildren Christopher Klassen, Sean Anderson and Maire Anderson. Josephine now is free again to be with her husband of 59 years, Clifford who predeceased her in1999.
Also mourning Josephine’s passing are the nurses and staff at Yuculta Lodge. Yuculta was Josephine’s home in her final years and she developed many close and special relationships with her caregivers.
Josephine was known for her cheerful disposition and love of life. She was a determined yet very kind individual who was a loving mother, devoted wife and most importantly always her own person. She had an excellent sense of humor and an even better sense of priorities – she always put family, friends and enjoyment of life first.
She will be missed but the lessons she taught by the way she lived will always be cherished. “And though she be but little, she is fierce.”Shakespeare”
A special Thank you to the staff at Yuculta Lodge and Dr. Douglas, a memorial mass will be held in the New Year, details to be determined at a later date.
When death must come at Christmastime,
There is a special grief,
A mourning that must mix
A pain that must be brief.
There is an anguish
The labyrinth of light
That longs for simple
To contemplate the night.
But life must bubble on its way
And pleasure be put on,
For neither sorrow nor delight
Is ever left alone.
And, like the Virgin,
we must smile
With enigmatic grace
As we receive the fragile gift
That nothing can replace.