OBITUARY

Cora Joanne Bitter

October 21, 1961January 17, 2023
Obituary of Cora Joanne Bitter
Our beloved daughter, sister and aunt, Cora, passed on from her earthly home to her heavenly home at the age of 61 years in Surrey Memorial Hospital. Cora was predeceased by her father, Piet, in 1986. Cora is lovingly remembered by her mother, Truus (Trudy); her siblings, Maria, Gina, Pete (Anita), Ron and Ed (Bev). Auntie Cora will be dearly missed by her nieces and nephews, Candace (Brandan), Rachel (Aidan), Bridget (Jonathan), Lucas (Kezia), Marcus, Cailin, Jolene, and Marissa, Brynlee, Reuben and Elowyn. She cherished her faithful furry companion, Shadow, who stood by her side especially during the last 5 years while Cora experienced many health challenges. Cora was born in Port Alberni on beautiful Vancouver Island, B.C. She had a love for the peaceful, stillness of Creation so she spent much time off roading with friends and her truck in the Alberni Valley. Once Cora found that perfect spot alongside a lake shore, a riverside, or deep in the forest she was content to sit hour upon hour reflecting in silence. In 1981 Cora earned her Long Term Care Certificate from Malaspina College in Nanaimo, B.C. beginning her long time career of caregiving of others. Cora’s deep love and compassion for others suited her well for her chosen career. Cora went on to work at Fir Park Village Intermediate Care Facility where she was loved and appreciated by residents, fellow staff members, and resident’s family members alike for Cora honored each resident as though her own family member. After 8 years of service there Cora was recruited by Bethesda Christian Association based in Abbotsford B.C. to become manager of a group home for 4 men moving out of Woodlands Institution into community living. Cora’s deep love for each of these men was evident in the relationships she formed with each of the fellows in a short time. She strove to make their home a place of respect, where each was honored as the individual they were and a home filled with fun, laughter, and Christian love. Cora took great care in putting a staff team together to support these men in their new home so that the home had a family atmosphere for those living there. With mixed feelings after many years of leading the team at Abbey Home, Cora made the difficult decision to leave her position at Abbey Home and take a newly created position as Homeshare Coordinator with Bethesda. Dedicated to finding families to share their homes with persons with disabilities Cora successfully matched individuals with caregivers always taking the utmost of time and care to ensure good matches, smooth transitions and continued supports for all. Cora spent countless hours beyond her regular hours to ensure that caregivers were supported at any time of day or night. Not only was Cora a Homeshare Coordinator but Cora herself became a Homeshare Provider to her dearly loved brother, Ron, and her dear friend, Trevor, for 11 years. Together they made treasured memories through the friendship the three shared, the travels and cruises they enjoyed, and the caring homelife they lived. Cora’s career at Bethesda came to an abrupt end when she was diagnosed with kidney failure and no longer able to continue full time work. Cora missed all her people but it had become time for her to put herself first and take care of her own needs. Cora’s deep rooted Christian faith directed Cora’s life of service to others throughout her career. Cora loved big and touched the lives of so many with her compassionate, generous, and caring spirit. When she first met people she listened with a sincere interest in their lives and quickly formed new friendships. Anyone who knew Cora knew she would be the first to step up and offer practical help whether it was to give of her time, lend her truck, plan or host a celebration or support financially, always in her own quiet manner. Even to the very end she impacted the lives of the nurses who cared for her in Surrey Memorial ICU with love and kindness. She will be dearly missed by all. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, January 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Calvin Presbyterian Church at 33911 Hazelwood Avenue, Abbotsford, B.C. All are welcome to join the family at this service. Donations may be made to the Canadian Kidney Foundation in memory of Cora https://kidney.ca Celebration of Life will be livestreamed on Calvin’s Youtube Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-9atWS72K7yZNIByZLSKHw Or by searching Calvin Presbyterian Church Abbotsford on Youtube.

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Monday, January 30, 2023

Celebration of Life Ceremony