Teresa York (nee Gomez) aged 92
years passed away peacefully on April 12, 2017.
She is lovingly remembered by her children
Donn (Pat) York, Karel York,
Collin (Jeanmarie) York, Marlene (Gordon
Stobbe) York, Trish (Paul Hodge) York,
Sue York and Wendy (Tony Lamb) York;
eighteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and three
great great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Alma (Henry
d.) Heller, Ron (Peggy) Gomez, Marlene (Bob) Brown, John
(Jean) Gomez, Harold (Nadia) Gomez, Vanya Gomez, Tom (Linda)
Gomez and Tammy (Jeff) Serandos; and many relatives and
She is predeceased by husband Theodore Curt
York, mother Clariss Ainsworth (nee Slight),
father Harry Gomez and brother Douglas Ainsworth.
Norma was an independent free spirit who
bravely embraced all that life presented her with throughout
her years, finding light in even the most difficult times.
Music was a major force in her life and she loved live music
in any form.. She played cello from a young age and at times
in various symphonies.
Her working life was varied,
including the first woman wireless
operator on a ship in BC, and later, a librarian in
the Scarborough Public Libraries, which perfectly suited her
lifelong love of books and thirst for knowledge.
In retirement she moved to BC to be near
her siblings and began volunteering, first with the Arthritis
Society and then with Mission Community Services. She was a
strong, supportive and loving mother, keeping her family
together through multiple moves and raising her children to
believe that anything in life is possible.
She loved nature and found incredible joy
in gardening and spending time outdoors. She lived selflessly,
always willing to help others and was open-minded to new
ideas. She always lived life with a sense of wonder and
adventure which she has passed on to all who knew and loved
A Celebration of Life will be held at
Woodlawn Mission Funeral Home, 7386 Horne Street, Mission, BC
on Friday June 23, 2017 at 11 am with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Arthritis
Society or the Mission Hospice Society.