A vivacious, loving, and beautiful person has left us behind. Theresa Cundiff passed away peacefully at Cranbrook hospital on May 27, 2013. Theresa’s thoroughly satisfying life in Kimberley was uprooted eight months ago with the onset of an aggressive leukemia. She endured intense medical treatment with remarkable fortitude and grace. Life had previously been so wonderful she wanted more, but it was not to be.
Theresa was a conscientious, highly-respected teacher in the Kimberley School District for thirty-one years. The majority of her career was spent at Chapman Camp Elementary School. She positively affected the lives of countless students and was the creative and musical force behind many a school production.
She retired at fifty-five years of age and never looked back. She was off on a new adventure and it was the best time of her life. Material possessions did not mean a lot to Theresa, she was more interested in relationships and life experiences. She sea-kayaked in Australia, Fiji, and Sweden. Loved hiking in the Rockies. Her bike/hike trips with girlfriends were a huge joy. She travelled the world enough such that she had no regrets.
She saw the good in all people and always made an effort to keep a personal touch in some way. Her huge circle of friends is a testament to her as a person. Theresa would like everyone to remember that life is about the journey, not the destination.
She is survived by her loving husband of forty-three years, Gerry, sisters Cathy Hanson, Elenore (Evan) Clark, Donna (Werner) Karolat, Ann (Rob) Mckay, Yvonne (Eugene) Schilling, Gloria (Matt) Schooley, Bonnie (Cecil) Damery, Iris (Derrin) Doyle, one brother Sam (Sherry) Woolley and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Also, her sister-in-law Bev (Keith) Thompson, brother-in-law Steve Drane, and nephew Al Thompson.
Theresa’s funeral will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Kimberley on Saturday, June 8/13 at 11:00 AM. There will be a gathering afterwards at the Kimberley Conference Center up at the ski hill.
If you would like to make a donation in Theresa’s memory you can give to the Kimberley and District Community Foundation – 42 – 101st Ave
Kimberley, BC V1A 1A3
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at: