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February 9, 2016


Clapper, Ada Margaret (nee Chambers) born March 7, 1928 in Grand Forks, B.C. passed away Feb. 9, 2016 at the age of 87.

She was predeceased by her husband Clayton Clapper, her sister Dorthy Bellenot and her brother Eddie Chambers. Ada is lovingly survvied by her sister Lillian Fisher of Kelowna; her daughters Lorraine Eaton of Midway, Sharon (Greg) Lee of Greenwood; and her son Ted Clapper (Cathy) Boisenue of Grand Forks. Seven grandchildren, Stacey Despot (Lee); Jason Eaton; Suzanne Lee; Sandra Eaton; Karri Lee; Ashley and Jordan Clapper.

The loves of her life were her ten great grandchildren. She always remembered all their birthdays and they all got a special phone call and birthday card from their great nanny. Ada was raised in the North Fork Valley by her aunt and uncle (who worked for the CPR as a section man).

She was married to Clayton Clapper in 1946 and raised three children on their Toronto Creek Ranch south of the Humming Bird Bridge in North Fork, where they raised cattle and grew turnips and radishes. They enjoyed working with the neighours and the local doukhobors at harvest time. In 1968 the ranch was sold and they moved to Grand Forks where Ada worked as a house keeper. Then she was proud to become a care aide at Boundary Lodge for the next 20 years, retiring in 1993.

Ada was a long time member of the Royal Purple and also a member of the Boundary Historical Society. She had lots of stories about the good times these groups would have. Ada was interested in the history of Grand Forks and was very proud of her beloved city.

Ada was a very strong minded and private lady right till the end. She supported and guided her family through all of life’s trials. She will be missed by all of us as she was the “rock” we all respected and listened to.

Thanks to mom’s “young doctor” who is very caring and compassionate. Also to the staff at the Silver Kettle Lodge who helped make our mom’s last two years happy and comfortable.

A celebration of her life will take place in May of this year in Grand Forks.

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