Aged 97 years.
Claire passed away in the arms of her daughter on June 13, 2017 in Clearwater, B.C. She is survived by her daughters; Sharman (Ron) Archibald and Gail (Gary) Burkholder; grandchildren Jamie (Bill) Kinley and Aaron (Jen) Archibald; five great-grandchildren; Owen, Flynn, Emery, Van and Spencer. Claire also has nieces, a nephew and the extended Burkholder family. Claire was predeceased by her husband W.B. (Bill) Whitmore and her sister Eva LaBossiere.
Claire grew up on a farm in Bear Lake, Alberta. She graduated from nursing at the Edmonton General and worked in small hospitals all over B.C. In 1950 she married Bill Whitmore and eventually settled in Campbell River, where they lived for 29 years. Bill and Claire retired to Victoria and spent many happy years traveling the world, golfing and curling. After Bill died in 2005, Claire moved to Kamloops, then Clearwater, to be closer to her daughters. As Claire said “I have lived longer than most”, and it was a life well-lived, surrounded by a family who loved her.
Claire spent the final three years of her life in Forest View Place in Clearwater.She will be remembered there for raiding the fridge and eating the nurses’ lunches, (she particularly enjoyed Tom’s chicken wings), blowing up the microwave, and frequently testing the call bell system to ensure it was working, and that there really was someone “out there”.Claire’s family would like to extend its sincere thanks and appreciation to all the dedicated staff of Forest View Place. Because of you, she was in the best place she could be.
May our Dear Mom be at Peace.
No service by request. There will be a gathering at the home of Gail and Gary Burkholder at a later date. Donations in memory of Claire, if one wishes, can be made to Forest View Place, 640 Park Drive, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N1, or charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com.