Pleasant Valley Funeral Home

4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, BC


Lorraine Florence Elsie WADE

November 11, 1924August 11, 2019

LORRAINE ELSIE WADE (née Parker) With sadness, we announce the passing of Lorraine Wade on August 11, 2019. Lorraine was born on November 11, 1924 in Pitt Meadows, BC to Minnie and Warren Parker, the second of two children. As a very young child, Lorraine lost her mother and older sister and so began a life which took her to live in different parts of Canada, most notably Ermine, Saskatchewan in the years of the Great Depression and in New Westminster, Hard work, determination and an unbreakable core of honesty defined Lorraine. Childhood work on the Saskatchewan farm, teenage summer jobs packaging peat in Surrey's Burns Bog and stamping logs at the New Westminster mill formed this woman who would go on to enlist in the Canadian forces during World War II where she monitored radar screens, led rehab activities at a military recovery centre and served as a corporal in Supplies. After the war, she attended university to study marine biology. Her marriage to Norman Wade in 1949 and life in Aspen Grove, BC was the beginning of her life as a pioneer in the lumber/sawmill industry of the province and later in cattle ranching in the interior of British Columbia, building the Kalamal Angus Ranch in Lavington, BC. Lorraine dedicated her life to her two children, her husband's endeavours and the success of their ventures together. Lorraine is survived by her son Eric; daughter Karen; cousin Reta; plus many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by husband Norman in 2008; her mother Minnie and sister Thelma in 1929; father Warren in 1960; good friend Ruby Nesbitt; and cousin Jeanne. A graveside service and gathering will be held in September 2019 at Christ Church Cemetery, Surrey Centre (Cloverdale) BC. To honour Lorraine, donations would be welcomed at Variety – The Children's Charity, 4300 Still Creek Drive, Burnaby, BC V5C 6C6.


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Lorraine Florence Elsie WADE

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Virginia Maloney

August 17, 2019

Eric and Karen. Please accept my sincere condolences on the
death of your dear dear mother Lorraine.

Over the years, a business relationship turned to a fabulous
friendship with the Wades. Lucky me. I enjoyed many years of
excellent witty conversations and visits in Kelowna, Calgary and
High River.

Lorraine was a one-of-a- kind iconic woman. She deserves her
place in heaven with Norm.

Virginia Maloney
Mississauga, Ont.

Wayne Telford

August 15, 2019

Dynamic, positive, thoughtful, welcoming – she was one of a kind and my many discussions with her over the years were always refreshing and memorable – to me she was “Cheerful” and was a very special person who will be remembered.

John and Karen Scott

August 14, 2019

We will remember Lorraine as welcoming, witty and warm. We went to her home year after year for Christmas lunch and always had a great time. She was never short of a story or two to tell us from her past. She had an amazing life. Considering her age, she remained as sharp as a tack with a great sense of humor.
Christmas time will not be the same anymore. We will miss her.
With Love,
John and Karen

Sandra Taylor

August 14, 2019

We always enjoyed our visits with Uncle Norm and Aunt Lorraine. We didn't see them often but it was always memorable. Mom (Alice) and I were just talking about Aunt Lorraine last week and wondering how she was. Steve and Karen, I'm sorry for your loss. Now she and Uncle Norm are together again. Hopefully enjoying the sunshine overlooking a beautiful valley of cattle. ❤