VALLEAU, Ruth ANNE
(nee Deeble) – born May 22, 1932.
Anne died peacefully in Cowichan District Hospital January 14, 2015.
She is survived by her five children – Kaayla Leslie Anne Valleau Ryane; Clifford Michael Valleau (Cathy); Susan Diane Derby (Dean); Howard Edward (Ted) Valleau (Myrna); Lori Kathleen Valleau (Rob Webb); her four grandchildren – Jason, Jenafor (Matt), Steven and Bobby; and her three great-granddaughters – Samantha, Sage and Taiya. Also survived by her former husband Howard (Howie) Valleau; her sister Mary Cleough (Doug) and her brother Hank/Henry Deeble (Dulcie). Mom also had a large number of nieces and nephews.
Mom was born in Ladysmith and lived most of her life in Chemainus, returning to Ladysmith when she retired. She was a private person who loved her family. She had a wicked sense of humour. She was a terrific knitter, producing innumerable sweaters for all her children and grandchildren as well as herself. Her sewing skills were exceptional – she sewed for her children from babyhood through to graduation and beyond! She made herself elegant outfits for special occasions and was a beautiful model for her creations. Music was very important for Mom – Mario Lanza was often on the record player when we arrived home from school, accompanied in song by the canary (also named Mario). Mom also loved cats and was rarely without at least one beloved pet.
In the last years of her life Mom developed COPD. If you care to make a donation to a charity, please consider either the British Columbia Lung Association, or your local SPCA.
Interment will take place at the Chemainus Cemetery. Reception for friends and family to be held at Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre, 5285 Polkey Road, Duncan, BC on January 21, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
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