Popular Quesnel resident Heather Little peacefully passed away on Thursday July 2nd. She had been bravely coping with several long standing medical conditions which she did her best to play down as far as the rest of the world was concerned, carrying on regardless in her usual indomitable way.
Heather was born in 1925 and raised in Surrey England. Her mother was a Community Midwife who would travel by bicycle to deliver babies at all hours, often taking young Heather with her. She could remember being told to look the other way at appropriate times!
On leaving school she trained as a nurse, and after the 2nd World War met her future husband Victor, a teacher of Physics at London University, whilst nursing his mother in hospital.
Vic and Heather married in 1949, lived in South East London and raised a family of six children – Jonathan, Stephen, Gillian, Penelope, Graeme and Iain. Sadly Vic died in 1976 at the age of 56.
In 1980 Heather decided to emigrate to Canada with her two youngest sons, her eldest daughter having already settled there. Moving to Quesnel she worked as a nurse and after retiring became an enthusiastic volunteer at the Baker Lodge Extended Care Unit. She was tireless in her devotion to patients unable to help themselves, and always found time for a cheery word with whoever may be in need of it.
Meanwhile her family was growing into the next generation and expanding to new locations. An enthusiastic traveler, she made regular trips to visit family and friends, within Canada, the USA, the UK and Europe, saving her Air Miles at every opportunity to fund the trips! Very few people were ever missed on her extended stays. Always a welcome guest, her grand children looked forward to having Nana Canada visit, and she took a great interest in everything and everyone around her. On one memorable occasion she helped to deliver her own grand daughter.
Heather was an avid sports fan, she liked most sports but particularly ice hockey and tennis; which she would follow whenever she could. She also bowled in a local league until a short time before she died.
Heather will be very sadly missed by her family and many friends. She was a dearly loved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and a good friend to us all.
There will be a memorial celebration in memory of Heather at the Legion Hall on July 24th from 4:00 to 7:00pm. All who knew her are welcome.
In lieu of flowers donations to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice would be greatly appreciated. Donation envelopes will be available at the celebration of life.