Mavis Georgina WeltonJanuary 6, 1923 ~ November 28, 2017 (age 94)
January 6, 1923 ~ November 28, 2017
Mavis was born in Stoughton, Saskatchewan, nearly 95 years ago. She was predeceased by her husband, John, and her siblings, Mary, Don and Walter. She is survived by her siblings, Edith and Lois; her children, Rick (Marija) and Jane (Dave); and her grandchildren, Jordan, Shamus (Megan), Janine, Alexis (Garrett), and Allison.
As a child, Mavis lived on various farms in Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. By the time she was a young adult, the family’s westward migration had ended in B.C. Mavis began her teaching career in one room schoolhouses on the prairies. She later got a university degree in Home Economics and became a Home Ec teacher. She taught in Prince George, Rossland and Trail, spending most of her adult life in Trail where she and John raised their family and were actively involved in their community, including East Trail United Church. As retirees, they enjoyed a winter home in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Penticton around 2002. Mavis was an excellent seamstress. She and John were skilled ballroom dancers and later square dancers as well. They greatly enjoyed travelling together. After John died in 2011, Mavis continued to enjoy concerts and plays, became a Scrabble whiz, and continued to swim lengths and attend Aquafit right up until her 94th birthday!
After a tough year of deteriorating health due to a heart condition, Mavis died peacefully in her sleep at the residential care home in Osoyoos to which she had recently moved. She will be remembered for her independence, perseverance, frequent expression of appreciation and gratitude, inquiring mind, love of family, pleasure in small things, and her unassuming ways of making the world a better place for having been in it. Truly a life well-lived!
There will not be a public Celebration of Life. Those who wish to are encouraged to donate to a cause of their choice in honor of Mavis. Some possibilities in keeping with causes that Mavis herself supported are international organizations that help with overseas poverty and human rights, organizations that work to preserve public parks and wilderness, and organizations that fund health research