November 11, 2021
In Loving Memory ~
Flora Jean Gair of Kamloops passed away on November 11, 2021, at the age of 94.
Flora “Jean” was born in Smithers, BC to parents Anna Gesine and William Gair. She grew up near Burns Lake with her parents and 6 siblings on their farm in Forestdale, “Crow Creek.” As she did very well in school, she boarded in Smithers with a Doctor’s family while she attended Smithers High School. Following school, she worked for a pharmacy in Burns Lake.
In June 1946, she married Charles Van Tine (deceased) in Burns Lake. The couple moved to Terrace BC and built a home and had two children. They moved to Westsyde (Kamloops, BC) in 1963 and bought a corner store. Flora ran the small post office and that was the beginning of her career with Canada Post.
The family moved to Telkwa then Smithers, where she worked in both post offices. Flora worked her way up to become a Post Master of which she was very proud. The job took her to different parts of BC, including Logan Lake, Valemount and Telkwa.
She retired in 1992 and moved to Kamloops to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Flora loved cross country skiing and partook in that activity until age 85. She also enjoyed singing. She was an avid reader and liked playing Scrabble and doing crosswords puzzles. Most important to her was her children, grandchildren, and great granddaughter. She enjoyed visits from her nieces/nephews, family, and friends.
Predeceased by her 3 brothers, Bill Gair, Lou Gair, George Gair and her 3 sisters, Isabelle Horning, Edith Anderson, and Rebecca Perrault. Plus, her beloved son Brian Van Tine.
Survived by her daughter, Lynn (Adrian) Higgins of Kamloops BC, her grandson, Nigel (Tracey) Higgins, their daughter, Bailey Higgins, (Flora’s Great Granddaughter) of Surrey, BC, and her Grandson, Shawn Higgins of Kamloops, BC.
Of A Life So Beautifully Lived. And A Heart So Deeply Loved.
Your Life was a Blessing,
Your Memory a Treasure,
You are Loved beyond Words
and will be Missed beyond Measure
A scattering of her ashes will take place in early summer 2022 at a place chosen and dear to her. Memorial donations may be given to the charity of choice in Flora’s name.
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