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With heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of MONICA REED on January 21, 2013, the beloved foundation of our family! Monica was born June 26, 1915, at home in Vancouver. When little, she rode the Inter Urban Tram all the way from the Marlborough area of Burnaby to attend school at St. Ann's Academy, New Westminster, from grade 1 through 12. She then attended Little Flower Academy for grade 13 graduating with a class of only 5! Monica continued her education by studying Pharmacy on a "Bet", and became the first female pharmacist to work for Cunningham Drugs, New Westminster. Monica met Wilf after the War. They were married in 1948, and welcomed their children, Mark, in 1952, Karen in 1953 and Paul in 1956. Together they moved to 10th Ave. Haney B.C. Mom worked as a pharmacist at Harkness pharmacy in Haney during the 60's and 70's. After retirement in 1975, they moved to North Pender Island. Many wonderful weekends and holidays were shared with family there. They moved on to Nanaimo in 1991 and back to Maple Ridge in 2002. Mom was blessed with good health, but poor eye sight. Despite this, she still managed many enjoyable holidays to Europe and winters in Desert Hot Springs. This wonderful lady was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, her husband Wilf in 2007, grandson Nicholas Reed in 2009 and her favourite son-in-law Doug Straker in 2010. Monica is survived by 3 children, Mark (Linda), Paul(Lynne) and Karen Straker, 8 grandchildren, Jeff (Amber), Allison (Derek), Peter (Andrea), Heather (Darryl), Kristina (Andrew), Tyler (Naomi), Teresa (Kevin), Amanda (Chris) and 16 great-grandchildren who all loved her. A Memorial Tea to celebrate Monica's long life will be held on February 2, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Senior's Center, 12150 224th. St., Maple Ridge B.C. In Lieu of Flowers, donations to Mom's favourite charities, the ALS society of BC/ Yukon or BC Children's Hospital would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to www.mapleridgefuneral.ca
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jan. 27, 2013