OBITUARY

Mrs. Mona Isabelle Hunter

Passed away on July 21, 2020

Mona Isabelle Hunter (nee Petersen) much loved Mom, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother passed away suddenly on July 21, 2020. Mona lived a full life. She was born in the train station at Newlands, BC, the daughter of Alfred Petersen, CNR Section Foreman and Annie Exelby. She married Gordon Hunter in 1939, raised two children, and worked for the Social Services Ministry in Prince Rupert, and Ministry of the Environment in New Westminster/Surrey until her retirement. Mona loved to garden, sew, play the piano, and spend time with friends. She was an avid animal lover (especially cats) and for 20+ years shared a knee with Solo, her beloved black shadow. Mona was quiet, caring, strong, and independent. Later in life, she surprised us all by joining a training academy and earning her first driver's license at age 73. Mona was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Gordon, in 2001; and cherished son, Alfred, of Hamilton, Ontario in 1993. She is survived by her caring daughter, Linda, grandsons, James (Cheryl), Alexander (Danielle), and John as well as great-grandchildren, Jack, Jason, Nate, Claire and Grace. Donations in her name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Burnaby SPCA would be welcome.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

Memories

Mrs. Mona Isabelle Hunter

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Cheryl Hunter

July 28, 2020

I am so happy that we had the opportunity to visit with their great grandma. They fondly remember the visit and all the treats and cookies she let them have! They had fun listening to stories, looking at pictures and of course playing with the cats. Thank you for always welcoming us - we will all miss you! Cheryl, James, Jason, Claire Hunter

John Hunter

July 28, 2020

I will always remember my grandmother, Mona Hunter. She was a truly wonderful lady. Soft-spoken, yet strong and dignified. Although our visits were not frequent enough due to the distance between us, the times I got to spend with you were some of the most cherished of my life. Growing up, I dreamt all year of coming to visit you at your big house on the corner with the mountains, to talk and play music for you. Whenever we were together, you always did your best to make all of your grandchildren feel loved equally, and welcome, and you did it with such grace. My favourite memories of you are how you showed incredible trust in me, letting me drive you around town when I was only 17 years old, full of confidence but in reality, still learning. Spending an unforgettable afternoon with you at the Royal Botanical Gardens when you visited us in Ontario. I will always remember the time when we were looking for something to do and you took me to the high school band concert at Caribou Hill Secondary School. I was so happy to spend the evening with you that I couldn’t bear to tell you how truly awful they were, but I didn’t care at all. And all the times that the entire Hunter family spent together. Thank you for everything, Grandma. I wish you all the peace in your rest that life made it so difficult for you to achieve in life. I hope you are lovingly together again with Grandpa Hunter and my Dad and all the people you have loved and who have loved you but had to say goodbye. You will live on in my heart and I will always be proud to think and tell people about my remarkable Grandma Hunter. I love you. May you rest in peace.

-John

Marilyn Donaldson

July 28, 2020

I’m remembering all the times we connected with Aunt Mona over the years. Thinking back on those traditional family New Year’s Day dinners and opportunities to stay in Prince Rupert and Burnaby. Cherishing how she’d invite Dad to lunch and listen to his stories whenever he’d pop by for a visit. Remembering her grace, strength, wit, laughter, hugs, and love of people and pets. Forever in our hearts, Jim and Marilyn

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY