JENKINS, Stella Tryphena (née Cuming) Crossed her Gap gracefully in Delta, BC July 10 at the age of 96. Stella Cuming was born in 1916, in Victoria BC. Following graduation from St. Margaret's School in 1933 she married George McCandless, with whom she had four children. The couple separated in 1948. In 1949 she married Bob Smith, having one more child. Bob died in 1956. Stella remained a widow until 1972, when she married RAV (Allan) Jenkins. She was widowed again early in 1991. Over her working life, Stella held several positions in the provincial government, eventually retiring from the BC Forest Service. Upon her retirement she took pleasure in painting watercolours, exhaustive research of her family heritage, and writing. With an enduring interest in the paranormal and spiritualism, in 2007 Stella published "Mind the Gap: Bridging Here with the Hereafter". She then concentrated on her memoirs. "Through England with Mother" was self-published in 2011 and "Wrong Highway: The Misadventures of a Misplaced Society Girl" was published by Hancock House in May 2012. For much of Stella's life she was a single mother who taught herself to cope and be independent, quietly bucking convention and her family critics to follow her heart. Her publisher called her "The Rebel in Pearls". At 90, Stella was still driving her own car. When she reached 95, she said she had only two goals left to achieve: to hold her newest great-grandchild, and to see a published copy of Wrong Highway. She crossed her own bridge to the hereafter, having achieved her goals. A private memorial for family and invited guests will be scheduled at a later date.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on July 14, 2012