Daryl PETERS
Daryl PETERS
Daryl PETERS
Daryl PETERS
Daryl PETERS
Daryl PETERS
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Obituary of Daryl Fay PETERS

Daryl Fay Peters came forth into this life on February 16th, 1954 in Cassiar, BC. She was born in the First Aid room in one of the long, wooden, Army-Hut style buildings that they lived in on the Mill site for the mine, while the town nearby was being built. She was also the first non-indigenous girl born in Cassiar. Her Mother Verlie & Father Nolen met earlier in Vancouver while studying to become Educational Teachers, moved to Saturna Island to teach while Nolen worked on his Bachelor Degree of Education, and began raising their first child, Michael in 1952. The Inspector of Schools spoke to Nolen regarding a new school opening up with good pay & provided housing in Cassiar. In late summer of 1953, they drove up the Alaska highway, and back down into BC to live in Cassiar, a town being built around an Asbestos mine by an Eastern company from Quebec. Once completed, they moved to town from the camp into the beautiful new Varnished Log-Cabin style Pan Abode Cedar homes. Some housed up to three families with completely finished & seperate living areas within the steam-heated, long log-homes. There was a Hospital now, and a huge building that housed the Recreation Centre & School for grades 1-8. Verlie taught grades 1-3 & Nolen taught grades 6-8. The company had a Curling rink built as well. They went to visit Nolen's family in Vancouver during the summer holidays, and lived in Cassiar for four years, and had three girls, Daryl, Jacque & Catherine, who was a month old when they left. While in Cassiar, Nolen continued visiting Vancouver during the summers and completed his Bachelor of Education. He then got an offer to teach at a new school opening in Rutland, and they moved to Kelowna. The family rented a house next to the school, then moved to a place right in town across from the new arena. They later bought a little old house on Morrison Avenue, then sold it and bought their last house together next to Okanagan lake on Abbott Street. Nolen taught in Rutland Secondary School teaching Math & Sciences. When time permitted, Verlie did some substituting at schools all over while they were raising a family, and became Principal of a School for The Mentally Handicapped. Both were significantly involved in the community, and were very good teachers that enjoyed what they did. Daryl & her siblings attended Raimer Elementary, then Kelowna Secondary School. They spent their younger years growing up next to the beautiful Okanagan Lake & the surrounding rivers, hills & valleys. During the summers, they enjoyed camping & visiting with family & friends, sometimes staying with Nolen's Mother Muriel & Husband Ollie with their children in Portland Oregon. Daryl had a playful, adventurous spirit as a child, and throughout her life. During her childhood, the family enjoyed their summer holidays, going on road trips, visiting friends, camping & seeing shows & such. When the summer at home was too hot at night in Kelowna, they'd lay down blankets, and sleep under the stars, sheltered by the cherry tree outside. Around the age of 11, she began feeling unusal & then became ill. She was diagnosed with Diabetes. At the time, they did not know a lot about this disease, but managed well enough, and her condition improved, although she was always challenged by it. She enjoyed spending time playing with, then socializing with her friends, and was growing into a beautiful young lady. When she was 16, her favourite uncle Noel, Verlie's older brother who fought in the war, took her to Vancouver to celebrate. They wore their best clothing, went to the ballet, and she had her first taste of Champagne. Soon thereafter, she had met Stuart Ritchie. It was now the beginning of the 70's. They had great fun & fell in love. They left home & moved in together into an apartment above a gas station Stuarts dad, John Ritchie had bought for them to run. They conceived their union, and had a son, Aaron Ritchie, born in the summer of 1972. Later, they seperated. Her Dad drove Daryl & her son to Vancouver to live with her close friends from school who had moved there. She then moved to Victoria for a few years, then back to Vancouver. She had lots of fun with her friends, and raised her son with their help while she worked, often going to stay with the Mathews family on Cortez Island during the summer. Daryl was a beautiful lady who had good taste in fashionable clothing, with a very feminine approach to current style. She worked as a cosmetician, and eventually managed the department at Hudson's Bay Company in Vancouver. She continued her career in sales, but changed to art & graphic supplies. She worked for a variety of well known companies, and did well, often traveling on the road here in BC, throughout western Canada, and the United States. At one of the conventions she went to, she was the only woman, pioneering a way for others to follow later. She took many courses & decided to become an accomplished real estate agent on the West Side. She also bought a beatiful house in Kitsilano that came with a few extra rental suites. During Expo 86, she rented to visitors & ran a cafe on her front porch, it was the 80's. She loved animals, and had a wonderful little dog named Hamish for several years who she loved dearly. Hamish passed away, and she got a puppy named Louis, who she spoiled, and he lived for twenty years. It was difficult raising a child as a single parent, but she was strong, radiant, and had good friends. She had a few romances over the years, traveling to exciting getaways now & then. A few of her suitors became very good role models for her son as well. Daryl had a confident & glamorous, but delicate presence about her that turned heads, and lead handsome good hearted men to inquire. At the end of the 90's, she moved back to Victoria. Daryl found a beautiful building to rent an apartment along the Gorge waterway in West Victoria where she remained, and made many friends in the community on Dingley Dell. She made her home beautiful, and loved her gardening. Daryl was also a great cook, with a desire to always make meals extra special. Always actively interested in & liking being part of the fashion world, Daryl worked at a high end consignment clothing company downtown called Rich Rags. She has an extensive wardrobe, taking good care of clothing, and having outfits from the 70's up until now. She volunteered at the SPCA and eventually got a cat named Charlie, who she loved very dearly. She also volunteered for many years at the Cancer Clinic next to Royal Jubilee Hospital. While there, she helped develope the "Look Good Feel Good" program to help women with hair loss & overall look as a talented cosmetician, and providing fashionable alternatives to hair as well as Daryl's inate ability to heal & help people feel good, even when they don't. Daryl's legacy is that of a fun loving, adventurous, open-minded approach to life, full of love & light, helping to heal where she can, and be strong in the face of life's challenges. She is greatly missed by all who's lives she touched. I am truly grateful to have had such a wonderful Mother, to teach me & love me so much. Thank you Mom, Aaron Ritchie
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