July 3, 1945 – March 8, 2019
The family of Sylvia Jean Walker is saddened to announce her passing on March 8, 2019 in Invermere, BC at the age of 73 years young after a battle with lung cancer.
Sylvia was born in Vancouver, BC but grew up and spent most of her 73 years in Invermere, BC. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1969 and absolutely loved her job. Nursing was her calling and her passion. She worked at Mt. Saint Francis Infirmary in Nelson where she graduated from nursing school as well as Castlegar & District Hospital, and Fort Vermillion Hospital before returning home to Invermere in the early 1970’s where she spent many years working at the Invermere Hospital and Columbia House. She did take a short break from nursing and worked at the Timber Inn and the old Invermere Inn. She never could completely leave nursing so back she went to the Invermere District Hospital and Columbia House until she was injured on the job in 2000 forcing an early retirement.
Never one to be idle, she began doing nail care for the elderly which she thoroughly enjoyed. She loved visiting with, and helping, the elderly but never acknowledged that she was getting that way herself! She eventually started to take it easy and gave up doing nail care but always missed her “old people”.
She was always active in the community and volunteered with ICAN, the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, the Invermere Hospice, the Purple Crying Campaign and the Invermere Thrift Shop. She loved to spend time in the bush and loved animals. She is survived by her pets, RocKee the dog, DitZee, the grouchy cat, and Queen Mom, the diabetic cat. She was recently predeceased by KanDee, the dog. She will be remembered for her great sense of humour, huge heart and even bigger personality.
She is survived by her three daughters, Kathy (Rusty) Banham, Kerri-Anne (Mike) Thomas and Lana (Garth) Banham as well as her grandchildren, Jeremey (Lindsay) Banham, Kerri (Ryan) Whyte, Kimberly Thomas and Bradley Thomas, her great-granddaughter, Scarlett Whyte and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Jim McKay, infant daughter, Sharla Dawn McKay, mother, Katherine (Kitty) Franks, and sister, Sybil Knight.
The family would like to thank Dr. Shaeffer and the Home Care workers who assisted with her care. A celebration of Sylvia’s life will be held at the Invermere Legion on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 1 pm to 3 pm.