born on May 19, 1939 in Vancouver, B.C. passed away peacefully at her home in Campbell River, B.C. on Saturday, September 11, 2004, with her son John and friends by her bedside.
Monica’s sons, mother, and friends were a big part of her life and she leaves them with many happy memories. She is survived by her sons John Fremont (Campbell River), Ron Fremont (Victoria), her dear mother, Lettie White (Vancouver), sister Jane (Grant) Colpitts (West Vancouver), brother Steve (Cindy) Hempell (Lillooet, B.C.), Also her nieces and nephews who brought her much joy: Jill, Carolyn, Jennifer, Ian, and Anthony. she was predeceased by her father, Wolf Hempell in 1971 and her stepfather, Howard White in 2003.
Her genuine interest and love of young people were the foundation of her long teaching career in Campbell River. she created a loving and stimulating environment for her students and will be fondly remembered for the impact she had as a teacher, colleague, and role model.
Monica’s creative and generous nature will always be treasured by her family and friends. Good memories of Monica will include a gentle women of quiet strength with a timely sense of humor and a love of thoughtful gift giving.
her peaceful seaside Bed & Breakfast “Sea Tangles”, enhanced by her ability to be a friend to all and her many acts of kindness created many worldwide lifelong friends.
Monica loved her summers of boating up the coast with her family. Some of her many other hobbies included weaving, knitting, gardening, traveling, flower arranging, reading, and enjoying wonderful music, all of which she shared with her friends.
The focus of her life was her boys, John and Ron.
Throughout her long valiant struggle with cancer, she always had a kind word and thank you for those caring for her. A special thank you to her friends, attentive caregivers (Joan, Seija, Marylou), Dr. Smit, and loving nurses (esp. Barb, Heather & Sue) for their consistent support and love throughout her long illness.
A Celebration of Monica’s life will take place at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, at 3:00pm. on Saturday, September 18, 2004 at 228 South Dogwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.