Maria Alida Josepha Turkenburg

11 March , 19285 August , 2018

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Maria (Ria) Alida Josepha Turkenburg on August 5, 2018. Ria is survived by her five children Alice, Yvonne (Mark Allen), Judy (Lorne Wilcock), John (Michelle) and Ann (Kevin Scott); her grandchildren Jordana (Kaven Pereira), Matthew, Nicholas, Britni, Lexi, Logan and Ethan. Ria was predeceased by her husband Joe (2012) and her infant daughter Shirley (1957).

Mom was born March 11, 1928 in Vijfhuizen, Netherlands. Mom was the youngest daughter in her family of seven siblings. At a dance in 1950, she met Dad, the love of her life. They were married in 1952 and, soon after, Dad immigrated to Canada to set up a new life for his bride. In 1953, with all her treasures sewn safely inside her coat, Mom travelled from Holland to join Dad in Enderby, BC. Shortly afterwards, they settled in Kamloops where they purchased Park Avenue Bakery and started their family. Mom took great pleasure in raising her five children and working in the bakery.

Mom learned English with her love of reading. She was an excellent seamstress and avid knitter. Many babies in Kamloops have been the recipients of her beautiful creations donated to the RIH Gift Shop and other local charities.

Mom and Dad enjoyed travelling to Europe, throughout Canada and cruising to Alaska and California. Family was the cornerstone of her life and she enjoyed many family gatherings at home and Sunday picnics at the Shuswap Lake. We will forever treasure the many good memories our family shared together.

Prayers will be recited at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 2797 Sunset Drive, on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm. The Reverend Father Fred Weisbeck will celebrate the Funeral Mass in the church on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 am. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery at 1:00 pm .

Our family would like to thank Berwick on the Park and mom's Berwick family for their friendship and support over the past six years.

Memorial donations in the memory of Ria may be made to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation.


Maria Alida Josepha Turkenburg

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Marty & Anastasia Vander Bulk

10 August 2018

Please accept our Condolences on your loss of your Mother & Oma. My memories are the many coffee visits with my mom (Annie Bulk) at there home in town when we came in from Dallas for a shopping day....sample cookies at the bakery were always an expected offer that never failed to deliver.....rides home to North Kam after 6am Pee Wee hockey games with the bakery delivery van was a special treat to be able to ride amoung the fresh bread and baked goodies. Sundays at “my lake” (Sushwap) and the memories of Joe’s sailboat he built in my Dad’s garage I’m sure played a part in my present life . Marty & Anastasia Vander Bulk

Mary-Anne smith

9 August 2018

So sorry to hear you lost your mother. I understand how it feels to lose someone so close to you.

Nicole & Chris Hall

7 August 2018

So sad to hear of Ria’s passing. Chris and I loved visiting her and she always made us feel welcome. She loved to hear about our travels, especially to the Netherlands. So sorry we are unable to attend the service. Alice, you and your family are in our thoughts at this time. In friendship, Chris & Nicole