Stewart, Elizabeth “Hope” (nee Alderwood)
September 25, 1922 – May 16, 2015,
peacefully in her sleep at Selkirk Place, Victoria, BC.
If any one single person had brought the spark of life and open-armed love and acceptance to so many, it was Hope Stewart. Hope was predeceased by her husband, James Herbert “Jock” Stewart. She was the daughter of an Archdeacon of the Anglican church, a city girl. Jock was a big strapping country boy. They were the perfect balance.
Hope came into this world with much to say and do. At 4 years of age she was referred to as the “loud speaker” by her family. Whether in church work, teaching or holding forth at family gatherings she loved gathering people around to hear what she had to say, give advice, or thoughtfully listen to their troubles. But mostly, she just loved to give hugs and kisses and smiles and request a little more wine to enjoy such times.
You wouldn’t find Mum in a fitness studio or out fishing. With 7 children – Christopher (Betty), Vivienne (Claire), Roderick, Lisa (Peter), Beverley (Vincent), Laurie (Tom) and Julie (Terry) – being a dedicated teacher and doing so much for the church, who would have time for those activities? Hope’s surviving sisters are Kay Paget, Ruth Perry and Fay Sutherland. Hope has now joined her other siblings: Mary, Jean and Phil.
Hope wanted each of her children to have as long a childhood as possible. She and Jock knew how to have fun. They traveled together to numerous countries and made friends wherever they went. France, Australia and New Zealand were all very dear to her, especially Provence, her red wine and bright yellow sunflowers!
One thing Mum advised us, when you felt glum, just smile and hold it until you feel better.
Hope came from a big loving and close family. She kept the whole family connected through letters, cards, phone calls and organizing gatherings – this helped keep the love woven among all of us.
Hope is now with her “dear Jock” once again. She was 92 and knew she had a blessed life. Mum, we’ll love you forever.
Hope’s Celebration of Life was held
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.,
at First Memorial Funeral Home,
4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC.
There will be a small 2nd service at LaRosa,
10:30-11:30 a.m. on May 31