1954 – 2016
On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 9, 2016, Graine Freda Willmott passed away peacefully at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital with her family by her side. Graine was born in Pershore, England on December 31, 1954.
Everyone who knew Graine knew of her beautiful and giving nature. She had the kindest heart and always took time for her friends. Most of all, family was her world. She literally would do anything she could to help her children and grandchildren. Graine was a caregiver all of her life – from caring for her siblings, to her own children, to her beloved grandchildren….and she loved every minute of it.
Graine worked for 25 years with Telus and still has many good friends from her time there. For the past 11 years she worked at the Tamarack Centre in the administration office. She enjoyed her job there and really loved helping put the Cops for Kids fundraiser together each year. One of Graine’s greatest passions was the time she spent with YBC coaching the young girls in bowling. She spent many hours at the bowling alley volunteering, coaching and competing. Bowling and all the activity around it was one of her true loves!
Graine leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband of 43 years, Graham; her son Scott (Dawn) and children and her daughter, Ilia (Chris) and children. Also left is Graine’s brother, Stirling (Linda) Bates and sister Paula (Rob) Bohan. Graine also leaves many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. Waiting for her in her next journey are her parents, Fred and Margaret (McEwan) Bates, her mother-in-law May Willmott, her sister-in-law Sue Willmott and her niece, Venae Bohan.
A private family interment has taken place.
A Celebration of Graine’s life will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Cranbrook Senior Citizens Hall, 125 17 Ave S, Cranbrook from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Because of Graine’s love of animals and her pets, the family would appreciate memorial donations be made in her memory to the SPCA, PO Box 2, Cranbrook, BC V1C 4H6. Condolences may be left for the family at www.markmemorial.com
Mark Memorial Funeral Services in care of arrangements (250) 426-4864