Velma Anne Conrad

Velma Anne Conrad

Velma Anne Conrad

Velma Anne Conrad was the first Canadian-born child of

Mathew and Ivka Iskra, immigrants from Yugoslavia who

settled in Kimberley with a son and daughter. Velma followed soon after on January 23, 1931. She died at the Cranbrook Regional Hospital on August 10, 2017.

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, F.H. “Bud”

Conrad, a machinist and manager at the Cominco concentrator. She was also predeceased by her older siblings, Rudy Iskra and Zory Caldwell. She is mourned by her son Mark Conrad (Patricia) and daughter Cindy Stewart (Charles) as well as grandchildren Megan, Andrea (Craig) and Mathew (Nichole) and four great-grandchildren.

Tall, talented, athletic and beautiful, Velma lived a fulfilling

and happy life running a busy household and contributing

to social and sporting life in Kimberley. She briefly worked

at a dress shop and as a skilled seamstress with sharp style,

she made the majority of her family’s clothes for more than

two decades — through the swinging ’60s no less. She used

her expertise and creativity to design matching outfits for

the town’s celebrated costume parties and parades. Together, Velma and Bud were lively dancers who loved two-stepping in their signature way; the family camped extensively throughout Kootenays and road-tripped across Western Canada and the U.S. There was no life as enjoyable as a mid-century Kimberley home-maker, Velma often said. Her fortunate and content life upheld this truth.

Before it was commonplace for young women to play sports,

she was a high-achieving basketball and soft ball player as

a student at McKim and Selkirk schools. As an adult, she

continued to heat up the score sheet as a golfer, bowler and

curler. A perennial champion, she represented B.C. in bowling at the Canadian nationals and was a consistent winner on the regional golf circuit. Velma also had a lasting lucky streak at the bridge and bingo tables, one more blessing in her fulfilling life.

Over the decades, Velma and Bud demonstrated their belief

in community service through their volunteer commitments,

both at the ready to contribute their time, skill and

leadership. Velma remained an active part of the community

at Garden View Village and, until the end, she found immense value in participating in Kimberley social and charitable life.

She will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charities

Velma and Bud supported, including the Cominco Gardens,

the Spark Society for Youth, and the Selkirk Secondary

breakfast program.

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