Enid passed away March 9, 2015 at the age of 96.
She had the fortune of a happy and full life. Enid
epitomized grace, gave respect and unconditional
love and had a charm that made everyone feel
comfortable and welcome.
Enid was born in Edgerton Alberta, to Phoebe
(Smith) and Charles Waite, the fourth of seven
children. In the late 1930’s in Terrace, BC, she
met the love of her life, Peter van Stolk–recently
arrived from Holland. There, after the war, Enid
and Peter became trailblazers in establishing the
cultivation of greenhouse grapes and tomatoes in
The family moved to Quadra Island in 1958. Enid
became involved with the Quadra community
teaching kindergarten, leading the Brownies/
Girl Guides and breeding Cairn terriers while
maintaining the small farm in Heriot Bay.
Following a move to Victoria, Enid was respected
as a preschool educator. Later, she purchased and
operated Hart House Retirement Home in Fairfield
with cousins Georgie and Bessie.
Predeceased by her husband Peter (1900-
1984), and granddaughter Laura, she will be
lovingly remembered by her daughter, Betty Lee
Thompson, her husband Grant and granddaughter
Mia; son, Peter, his wife Doreen and grandsons
Peter and Patrick; son Dan, his wife Lea and
granddaughter Ali; daughter Ivy Reynolds, her
husband Del and grandchildren Peter, Louanne,
and great-granddaughter Alison; son Herb Frandle.
She was beloved by sisters Irene Sparkes
of Calgary, Alberta, Betty Lee Porter of Tulsa,
Oklahoma, brother Dan and sister in law Alice
Waite of Independence, Missouri. Enid was
predeceased by sisters Doris Waite, Grace Jensen
and brother Dr. Verne Waite. Enid was treasured
and loved by many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial
celebration will take place 2 pm, Saturday, May 2,
2015 at St. Stephens Church Hall, 7921 St Stephens
Rd (off Mt Newton Cross Road.) The building is
walker and wheelchair accessible.
We encourage you to find comfort in your
memories. Flowers gratefully declined. Should you
wish to make a donation in her name, Enid received
talking books and support from CNIB (www.cnib.
ca) and held great admiration for Doctors Without