Edith Louise GARK

May 26, 1931-April 7, 2017

It is with extreme sadness we announce the passing of Edith after a year long courageous battle with cancer. Edith was born in Punnichy, Saskatchewan and moved out west as a young child where her parents Ernest and Clara Hengstler and her two brothers Kurt and Dick relocated to a small farm in Richmond, BC.

As a young, energetic, beautiful girl, Edith worked at the Woodwards in downtown Vancouver as well as the Canada Rice Mill where she met the love of her life. Dave was in transition from the logging and fishing industry and as luck would have it, he got a job in the same mill.

At the age of 20, Dave and Edie were married and travelled up the BC coast to the Minstrel Island area where David built his bride a float home upon the waters of Harvey Lagoon. In 1956 Dave and Edie started a new journey within the Campbell River district where they raised their family and built many homes.

Mom wasn’t afraid to try something new and joined tap dancing, she canvassed for several decades for the Cancer Society, was an active member of the Campbell River Choir, enjoyed many years square dancing and loved to sing at various events. Dave and Edie travelled throughout the US and Europe with friends and family by train, plane and automobile as well as taking several cruises. Mom and Dad were members of the Death Valley ‘49ers. In the latter part of her illness, she spent four months in the Campbell River Hospital. Mom had a cheerful disposition and always cared for others.

Edith is survived by her husband and best friend David Gark, daughter Darlene Allan (Jim), son Glenn (Selina VanTassel), daughter Maureen Jasper (Wayne), and her grandchildren Sierra and Darcy Jasper.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the 2nd and 3rd floor of the Campbell River Hospital. A future Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.


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