GRACE LOUISE YAEGER

GRACE LOUISE YAEGER Our dear Mom, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Grace L. Yaeger passed away peacefully at Chase B.C. on July 30th, 2015 at the age of 91. Grace is survived by daughters Lorraine Yaeger of Vernon, BC and Bonnie (David) Hunter of Chase, BC, granddaughters Jennifer (Angus) Beaton, Lana Hunter, great granddaughter Claire Mahri Beaton; sister-in-law Grace Meredith and nephew Doug Meredith. Sadly predeceased by her loving husband Norman (2013), infant daughter Betty Marie (1952) and nephew Brian Meredith (2014). Mom was a lively, determined, authentic red-head as well as the only child of Jim and Marie Chalmers. This combination of attributes chartered a life from Waterhole, Alberta (a real place…it’s on her birth certificate) to BC’s sunny Thompson Okanagan. The early years (north of 56 degrees latitude) were spent enjoying school, sports, country picnics and horses. Much to her father’s disapproval, Gracie loved to jump ol’ Blue, the family mare, over farmyard fences. Simply effortless she was! Music and dancing was another passion of Mom’s. Ironically, she met Norman Yaeger, the love of her life, at a local dance in 1943.He was on leave from the RCAF. They married May 31, 1944 and continued their love of dance until Dad’s death in 2013 (New Year’s 2013 was their last dance celebration). Two daughters, Lorraine (1948) and Bonnie (1952) arrived on the scene much to Mom’s delight (She hated being an only child). Mom was also the best bill collector for Dad’s corner store in Hines Creek. Nobody messed with the feisty red-head! Many good years were spent up north but a move to Kelowna BC in 1963 became a reality. Family, friends, sports and travel became the highlight of Mom’s retirement years. Curling in the winter. Golf in the summer, until the “cold winters” sent them south to California for over 30 years. Many miles were put on that “little Chief” motorhome. Mom was recognized for TWO holes-in-one by Golf digest (coming 20 years apart). A feat Dad never achieved…with a witness that is!!!! She gave Dad one! We are going to miss your “Irish” humour and unmistakable kindness. Forever Dad’s sweetheart. He’s waiting for you now. I’m keeping the crib board ’til we meet again. Love you Mom. Rest in Peace. Here’s to Willy Nelson’s “On the Road Again”….your Bonnie Loree A graveside service was held Tuesday, August 4 at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial donations in honour of her memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.