Enid van Stolk

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

northern BC.

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

Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org).

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