Edith Constance Joan Bond (Keefe)

Edith Constance Joan Bond (Keefe)

Forever in our hearts

Edith was born on the southside of Francois Lake on October 5, 1921 at Hospital Point Hospital. She was the second daughter to John and Alice Keefe, long time residents and pioneers in this area. She shared many happy memories growing up with her brothers and sisters while living on the farm and later helping in the family hotel. In 1936, while the family moved to the north shore of Francois Lake, Edith went to Prince Rupert to continue her school requirement so she could pursue a career in nursing. While in Prince Rupert she met her future husband, Richard Bond, who was doing his army training. Before they were married, however, he was sent to Europe for World War 2 and Edith went to New Westminster to pursue her nurses training. Despite contracting serious illnesses while in training, she graduated with first class honours in 1946. Shortly afterward, Edith and Dick were married at her family home in Francois Lake. Edith and Dick built their first home in Vancouver where their daughter Alice was born. Ken, their son, was born three years later following a move to Dawson Creek. Edith and her family moved to Prince George in 1954 where she had a full and happy life as a wife, mother and active community member. Living in Prince George allowed Edith and her family to spend many great holidays at Francois Lake which included visiting her siblings and having many family get-togethers and sing-alongs. In 1967, Edith and her family moved to Calgary where she made many good friends and enjoyed plenty of great games of bridge.

Francois Lake once again called Edith back when Dick retired in 1976. Here they built a family home which provided many times of happiness for her children and grandchildren. Following the death of her husband in 2000 and a series of health challenges, Edith moved to Burns Lake in 2007, where she spent her final years at Heritage Manor and the Pines. Edith Bond passed away peacefully at Burns Lake Hospital July 29, 2012.

Edith is survived by her children Alice Armstrong and Ken Bond (Zain). Her grandchildren Borden Armstrong (Stacey), Barbara Armstrong (Dale), Shireen Bond (Josh) and Nick Bond (Emilie), as well as 6 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Marion Mummery, Virginia O’Meara, John Keefe, Ralph Keefe (Marine) and brother in law Hugh Neave (Josie, deceased).

Her family wishes to thank all the friends and community members who have shown their love and support over the years.

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