Born in Nelson BC April 18, 1921 to Dr. Albert Wallace and Anna Louisa Wallace, died in North Vancouver, November 26, 2013.
Pre-deceased by her spouses Robert Lovell King and John Martin McLennan, sisters Evelyn MacDonald and Dorothy McVicar, Billie is survived by her friend Howard Paterson, children Pym (Laurie Dye), Rob (Anita King), Karen (Jim Lait), Mary (Steve Miller), grandchildren Dave, Alyssa, Adriana, William, Alex, Jeff, Jamie, Chris and her great grandchildren Ryan, Eric, Katie, Aidan, Sophie, Ryan, Sydney, Grace, Lucas and Parker.
Mom was a person with a sunny outlook on life. Life was meant to be enjoyed. Besides her family, and all the joy and headaches that we caused her, her special loves were music, travel, and cats. She was an accomplished pianist, with a particular devotion to Chopin. She spent many happy hours of her life at the piano, and enjoyed accompanying the St. Paul’s (Nanaimo) Anglican Church junior choir, back in those days. In her latter years, when playing the piano became too difficult, she enjoyed singing with her choir, the Kent Street Singers in White Rock. She always liked to travel to new places and try new things. In her late seventies, one of her trips took her to Mexico, where she tried her hand at parasailing! We have the photograph to prove it. When it was possible, she always had a cat or two around, and when her living arrangements made that impossible, she regretted not having a fat lazy Puss to fuss over.
She grew up in Nelson BC and moved to Vancouver during her teens, where she attended Crofton House School. She and Dad lived in Edmonton for awhile, until Dad went overseas during WWII. After the war, they lived in Victoria, moving to Nanaimo in 1950. Mom very much enjoyed her life in that small town, where she was a social butterfly, and active in many community endeavours – the church, her bridge club, the Lion’s club ladies auxiliary, and various school PTA activities. In her early sixties, the family moved to Vancouver, and Mom’s main focus outside the family was her work as an insurance adjuster, a career she seemed to like a lot, and considered herself an excellent adjuster. After her retirement, she lived briefly in Ontario, then moved to White Rock BC, where she lived until her final few months, spent at Evergreen House in North Vancouver.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the wonderful staff at Concord Pacific, White Rock, and Evergreen House in North Vancouver for the very special care they were able to give Billie in her final years.
A celebration of Billie’s life will be held at St. Catherine’s Anglican Church, 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm.
Billie’s ashes will be interred near the Grace Islets, in Howe Sound
Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice or the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.