Muriel Joyce May (Strand) GATEY

Muriel Joyce May (Strand) GATEY

GATEY, Muriel Joyce May (Strand)

Sunday, July 4th, 2010 at 11:20 am God called our beautiful Meme home to heaven to be an Angel to watch over us.

Predeceased by her father Aaron, Mother Lenora, Brothers Len and Art. Survived by her soulmate & husband Ed; sons, Edward (Audrey), Cameron (Lori) and Leonard (Debra); seven beautiful grandchildren which she loved dearly, Christopher, Sarah, Aaron, Michael, Jennifer, Marisa and Ally; her brother Gus, sisters Louise Strand, Evelyn Armistead, Alice Vivian and numerous nieces and nephews.

After raising her boys, Muriel began her career at Dryden, Ontario in 1983 with the Bank of Montreal. With the family moving to Brandon, Manitoba in 1984 she worked at a teller position until promoted to Manager Community Support Office. After retiring from the Bank in 1999, Muriel and Ed moved to Ladysmith to be near their two youngest granddaughters, Marisa and Ally. After a very short retirement Muriel went back to work for the Bank of Montreal and spent time at many different branches, including Duncan, Harewood and Terminal Park branches in Nanaimo and Ladysmith. Muriel worked for the Bank of Montreal for 25 years; she was very dedicated to her bank and so proud of all the Managers and staff that she worked with.

Muriel enjoyed the great outdoors and various sports, including hiking and cross country skiing in the Brandon Hills, Camp Hughes and Carberry Provincial Park with pals, Shadow and Taffeta. She also enjoyed golfing and curling with good friends, Martha, Marg & Faye, in Dryden; Canoeing Northwestern Ontario lakes and the Assiniboine River in Brandon.

Muriel also had a dedicated involvement with St. George’s Anglican Church in Brandon with Rector Bishop Malcolm Harding, wife Marylou our esteemed choir director. Muriel sang in the choir with Husband Ed. At Ladysmith she was a member of St. Johns Anglican Church until her passing. She dearly loved Rector Roslyn Westaway.

Muriel loved to travel and recently went on cruises to Alaska and to the Panama Canal. She took a trip to Norway to visit her father’s native country; visited London, Belgium, Germany, France and Italy with her sister-in-law Helen Carscadden. Many holidays to Dallas to visit her sister, Evelyn, special friends Leana and Chuck and Niece Alice and Don Gallip, who allowed Ed to drive their Suburban. Muriel and Ed also spent many holidays with sister, Alice and Hal Vivian in Chicago (pizza), Newtown Penn (baseball), Murels Inlet and South Carolina (Brookgreen Gardens).

The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and radiation techs at Victoria General Hospital, Royal Jubilee and Victoria Cancer Clinic who gave Muriel such loving and tender care.

Meme you will be missed by all your family and friends. We know you are safe in Heaven. Rest in Peace Dearest Wife and Mother.

A Memorial will be held at St. Johns Anglican Church at 314 Buller Street, Ladysmith on Tuesday, July 27th at 1:00 pm with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC Cancer Foundation, Vancouver Island Centre, 2410 Lee Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 6V5 in Muriel’s memory would be appreciated.

Telford’s Funeral Chapel

112 French Street

Ladysmith, BC


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