Mildred May Joek (Nee Yipp) Keen,


Mildred May Joek

(nee) Yipp

Oct. 8, 1923 — April 25, 2003

Mildred Keen passed away peacefully in Penticton B.C. surrounded by her loving family. Forever remembered by her husband of 49 years, Harry, daughters Frances (Gordon) of Campbell River, Connie (Dale) of Coquitlam, son Bob (Shirley) of Quesnel, grandchildren Holly, Erica, Nicola, Samantha, Matthew, Robyn, Jordan and Brandon, sisters May (John), Betty (Ivan), Florence, Cynthia (Ben), Vivian, brother Fred (Rowena) and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Eva (Lowe) and Jack Yipp and sister Margaret.

On May 1, 2003, an overflowing crowd listened as words of remembrance were spoken in Mildred’s honour. A special tribute by Frances was read, and a song from the CD by Island Voices Chamber Choir was played.

Mildred was born in Victoria where she studied to be a teacher. She taught at the Chinese School there, where her most famous student was Victoria MP David Anderson. Mildred enjoyed life and learning, had a great sense of humour and a positive, practical outlook on life which she shared with her many friends. She was an accomplished pianist and church organist, an award-winning bridge player, a fantastic cook, the initiator of the Chinese Girls’ Drill Team (Victoria, ca. 1950), and founding director of the Quesnel Handbell Choir for Seniors, as well as an amazing Mom and Grandma. She will be loved forever, and greatly missed by all her many friends and family.

Do not stand

at my grave and cry

I am not there, I did not die.

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