Inez Eileen Cliffe
12 January , 1928 – 27 October , 2018
With much sorrow and a lot of pride we said goodbye to our mom Inez Cliffe. Mom passed away peacefully with her family by her side after a very brief stay in hospice. At 90 years and 9 months it was a life well lived! Inez is survived by her daughters Joan Holmes-Langevin, Louise (Dale) Blackburn, and her son Jim (Mitchy) Cliffe; five grandsons, Robbie (Lisa) Holmes, Ryan (Kristi) Holmes, Trevor (Kate) Blackburn, Curtis (Alaina Vesper) Blackburn, and Tom Cliffe; six great grandsons, Ethan, Aiden and Kristian Holmes, Carter and Parker Holmes and Austin Blackburn; three step great grandchildren Ayden, Nova and Annika. Inez was pre deceased by all her siblings, husband Pat, sons in law Larry Holmes and Gary Langevin. Mom was born and raised in Taber, Alberta, the youngest of five children to Gertrude and William Ledgerwood. Those were tough times as her dad died when mom was two. Growing up mom knew she wanted to become a nurse so on January 1st, 1947 she began the first big adventure of her life, moving to Vancouver to start nurses training at Vancouver General Hospital. During her training years she met and formed many lifelong friends, but two very special friends, (who have gone before her) were Sheila Peterson and Cathy Robinson. When they graduated the only hospital that would take three new RN’s all together was St. Joseph’s in Comox. So in 1950 to Comox they came for the next big adventure in mom’s life, becoming a maternity nurse at St. Jo’s. One night on a blind date a pretty young nurse named Inez Ledgerwood met a very handsome young sailor from the pioneer Cliffe family named Pat, who was not long home from war. The rest is history and they were married on November 24, 1951. Over the next few years Joan, Jim and Louise arrived. With 3 young kids at home and not wanting to work shift work mom became a public health nurse. She then moved to her final career and became a dental assistant to Dr. Bullen in Comox. During those years mom and dad built the family cottage on Quadra Island which was their little piece of heaven. It still remains in the family today. After mom retired in 1986, mom and dad built their final home in Comox. Dad passed away in 1994 and mom remained in their home until her death. Mom enjoyed many years of volunteer work and especially enjoyed her time delivering for Meals On Wheels. She also really enjoyed all the local arts and attending concerts and plays. Also during this time mom took up golfing, biking, hiking and cross country skiing, becoming a charter member of the newly formed Nordic Ski Club. Mom made friends wherever she went and so her social circle became quite large! Enjoying back country skiing as much as she did mom and her good friend Brenda decided it was time to see the majestic Himalayan Mountains, and so the next great adventure was born! They left in March 1997 with a group of friends new and old and arrived in Nepal to begin their 16 day trek. Destination, basecamp Mt. Everest at 18,500 ft. A feat that was truly awe inspiring for her! It was really an amazing feat because she was 69 years young! In mom’s later years she truly enjoyed her home and all the visits from her family and friends near and far. Mom loved to walk in her neighbourhood and chatted with everyone she met along the way. It takes a village to stay in your own home to 90 years and 9 months. The family owes a debt of gratitude to all mom’s friends, neighbours, caregivers and her beloved Dr. Benson. As mom would say, “AIN’T LIFE GRAND.” In lieu of flowers, donations in Inez’s name may be made to Comox Valley Hospice Society or to a charity of your choice. At mom’s request there will be no service. A small family gathering will take place at the cabin next summer.
Comox Valley Hospice Society
102-1509 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 2K6
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Gary K. Wilson
26 December 2018
I’m saddened and sorry to hear Ines has passed away I send my condolences I was waiting to hear from her on my birthday oct 26 been looking forward to possibly seeing her what a great lady to all I spent hours talking to her about her life along many miles of trail as we where heading up the tallest Mt in the world what a beautiful person she was. Gary K. Wilson Sturgeon lake Mn
22 November 2018
Dearest Lady Inez, You will be cherished in my heart always. Thankyou for allowing me in your home as one of your caregivers in the past 11 months of your beautiful life. Thankyou for sharing your story....& the biggest hug on this past year’s Mothers’s Day... I struggle these days for not having you on my visit times...! We as caregiver’s are not supposed to have ‘favourites ‘ but you allowed me to break that policy, I miss you—my dear.. Again, Thankyou for all your shares & allowing me to be apart of your life...& you will be forever cherished in my heart...Deeply miss you Lady.. xo
11 November 2018
I met Inez on the ski trails at Mt Washington and remember such a spirited, generous and fun person. In the early 80's a gang of us from the ski club would take a bus up to 100 Mile House to ski the 50km Cariboo Marathon. She would have been in her mid 50's, and skied the 50k in some TOUGH conditions, with a big smile and encouragement for everyone in the group. I know she always maintained her fitness with daily activity. We are all fortunate to have such great memories with Inez!
6 November 2018
Heaven has received a beautiful Angel but I am saddened by such a tremendous loss. I met Inez when I moved to the neighbourhood in 2011 and took on a major project renovating a 4-plex. Inez passed by daily and always took the time to give me words of encouragement. As our friendship blossomed, I was inspired by her strong will to keep fit and stay healthy. As Inez's eyesight deteriorated, I was stunned to find her entering my gated property with her walker, lugging a large potted cutting she had started from her climbing plant off her patio - which I had admired. Her determination to get that pot to me was a reminder of the same woman that could climb to Everest base camp at 69. Inez was kind enough to let me read her written 'life story' and I have always been in awe of this magnificent woman. Through Inez, I have had the pleasure of many family guests at my property, especially her niece Trudy. I am forever grateful to Inez and she continues to inspire me to do 'great' things. I have a piece of Inez in my heart and in her winter jasmine that adorns my fence. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Karen at The Perch on Birch
Karen Kerr (Long)
4 November 2018
A huge loss but so many memories! She was my 2nd mom when I was growing up. Even today I’m often reminded of all the Mrs. Cliffe-isms I heard over the years. This past summer I was fortunate to have a refresher of her sharp wit when my mom and I carried on my dad’s annual tradition of delivering her a bouquet of peonies.
Thanks Mrs. Cliffe for giving me such great memories, giving me my child-hood best friend, teaching me the word 'facetious', and of course reminding me to brush my teeth.
My thoughts are with you all - Joan, Jim, Louise, and your families: Have a gin and Fresca for your mom and me on the poop deck.
3 November 2018
I often met up with Inez when she waking down Stewart and we would walk together and chat, I always enjoyed these run ins. I met Inez when she worked with Dr Bullen and I worked with Dr. Jill, your mom was such a wonderful lady, inspiration to us all. Thinking of Inez with a smile. My sympathy to the family.
2 November 2018
My heart is broken and my light is dim. Inez was so kind and generous to a new comer to the island and made me feel so welcome. I miss her already.
My favorite memory was the story that she shared about a very young Inez and her mother digging a new hole for the outhouse behind her house in Taber AB.
She said it felt like days and days that they had spent down in that hole digging. Inez would head off to school and leave her mother to the task. On one of those days Inez jumped on her bike and headed home for lunch. Dropping her bike beside the house she ran into the kitchen and there was no sign of her Mother. She ran through the house calling "Mom" and all was quiet, no answer. She was worried. She stepped onto the back porch and hollered once more. A muffled sound caught her ear. It sounded like her mother. ""Inez Inez." . It was coming from the toilet hole.. She ran and peared in. There was her mother... Stranded in the hole. Unable to pull herself out. It was finally deep enough . She fell to the ground and was laughing so hard she was barely able to grab her mothers arms to help her out. They both rolled around and laughed endlessly. We had many such laughs as well!
1 November 2018
From what I have heard you talk about your mother, it sounds like she was a great woman. She did an excellent job raising all of you. I am sorry for your loss.
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