Vimy Jane Witton

June 21, 1917 – April 4, 2015

Saturday, April 4, Vimy passed away peacefully at the Hamlets in Kamloops, B.C. at the age of 97 years.

Predeceased by her husband Robert in 1994 and by her five sisters, Alice, May, Joan, Cora, and Jessie. Vimy is fondly remembered by her daughters, Eleanor (Trevor, deceased), Janet (Chuck) and son Jim and by her three grandchildren, Jennifer (Alex), Michael (Mimi), Natasha (Gerald) and her great-grandsons, Ryder and Wyatt and her many nieces and nephews.

Vimy, the third daughter of Frank Murray and Laura Horner Murray, grew up in Kinsella, Alberta. As a young teenager Vimy began working at the Red and White Store, the general store in Kinsella. Vimy had a strong work ethic from an early age. The store was purchased in 1936 by Seth Witton, father of the young man Vimy married in 1938. Robert and his brother Lloyd operated the store together at first. In 1945 Vimy, Robert, and 3-year old Eleanor Ann moved to Zeballos on Vancouver Island. They ran the Zeballos General Store for 31 years and then retired to a much drier climate. While in Zeballos, Vimy became an insurance adjuster and saved all her earnings. Later on, when Robert and Vimy began their world travels she proudly bought the tickets. Vimy and Robert retired to Kelowna in 1977 and began wintering in the southern United States.

Generosity to her family and friends was important to Vimy. She highly valued her friendships and made a point of keeping in touch. Vimy was always a well-dressed woman of great class and poise. She was hard-working, strong, and faithful. She was a dedicated bridge player all her life.

We extend a special thank-you to the Hamlets in Kamloops and their committed and caring staff.

All family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Vimy’s Life at 2 pm. Saturday, May 9, at First Memorial Funeral Services at #8-177 Tranquille St., Kamloops, B.C.

Cremation has already taken place. Flowers are gratefully declined. If you wish to make a donation in memory of Vimy consider the hospital in your community. Vimy generously supported both the Zeballos Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital.

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Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services,

Kamloops BC (250) 554 2429.

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