July 30, 1926 – February 14, 2017
Surrounded by her loving family, Elsie passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on Valentines Day. Elsie was born in Salford, England and emigrated to Canada with her family at 13 months old. The family settled on a homestead in Edson, Alberta, where Elsie lived before moving to Trail at age 15. She met and married Peter Fredericks and they went on to have six children.
Elsie is survived by her six children: Raymond (Penny), Robert (Nan), Colleen Murphy (Phil), Karen Grey (Hardy), Kathy Shannon(Michael) and Marlene Maxim (Jim). She is also survived by her 17 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 3 great great-grandchildren and her sweet cat Odie.
Family was the most important to her and the greatest joy in her life was spending time with the people she loved. She especially enjoyed having all her friends together for an annual BBQ that she hosted for more than 20 years in a row. She was also very proud to be involved in her community and was a tireless volunteer with the Legion for many years. Other than raising her children, her proudest achievement was being honored by the Royal Canadian Legion with the Meritorious Service Award in 2012.
Elsie never slowed down and loved learning new things. At the age of 80 she learned to use a computer and even had her own Facebook page! She had many hobbies, including knitting, painting, gardening, crosswords, playing cards and her favourite pastime, jigsaw puzzles. She loved camping and country music and attended the Merritt Mountain Music Festival with family and friends for many years. She had a great sense of humor and was quick to make a joke.
The family would like to extend our gratitude to the doctors and all of the amazing staff at the Boundary Hospital who took such great care of Mom in her final days. Your kindness and compassion is so appreciated. We would also like to thank the Royal Canadian Legion for honoring Elsie’s life at her service.
Mom, grandma, great- grandma, friend ….. however you knew Elsie you know that she was loved and respected and she will be so greatly missed by all who knew her. She was our mentor, our hero and our friend. You will always be in our hearts. Rest in peace mom.