Born in Victoria, Deirdre moved to the Shuswap with her family in 1968. She went to high school in Salmon Arm and Selkirk College in Castlegar before becoming, in her words, “a housewife, farmer and mother” for most of her adult life. She also worked for many years providing care to the elderly and adults with disabilities. In 2008, after moving back to Victoria, Deirdre was diagnosed with cancer. Twice it seemed she’d beaten it, but it recurred in early 2012 and would not be denied. Deirdre faced the horrors of her surgeries and treatments with a sense of grace and humour. She joked about the “gift of cancer” but made the experience of going through it with her a privilege for her friends and family. Predeceased by her husband Richard and father Peter Murray, Deirdre will be forever missed by her daughter Abbey-Lee, mother Mary Murray, sisters Karen Murray and Mary-Anne McNeney, her knight-errant Andrew and her many friends and co-workers at Mount Edwards Court. Deirdre saw her death as a return to the earth and the natural world she loved so much. We will see her generous, beautiful spirit in every flower, every bird and every dragonfly. Special thanks to Nona, who brought great meals, and to the nursing staff at RJH – 7th Floor South, Victoria Hospice, PRT and Dr. James Houston for their care and support.