OBITUARY

Mrs. Celia Dorothy Cumming

June 15, 1936February 16, 2021

On February 16, we lost our dear, sweet Celia. She was a devoted wife to Dan, mother to Erica (Jack), Simon (Linda), Lisa (Dan) and Alistair (Ann), grandmother to Matt, Samantha (Josh), Chandler, Caden and Payton, and great grandmother to Remy and Brooks. Born in Macclesfield, England in 1936, Celia was an avid adventurer and loved to travel. She and Dan lived in the U.K. and Sri Lanka, finally settling on the west coast of Canada in the mid-1960s. They were constantly on the move, often with many or all of their 4 children in tow – whether it was camping on Hornby Island, the Okanagan, exploring the beaches of Molokai and the Cook Islands, camping in the Baja Peninsula, touring through Europe, Canada or on safari in Africa. Celia will be most remembered for her incredible kindness, warmth, generosity and wonderful hospitality. She was famous for inviting newly found friends to come and visit at Anderson Lake, thinking nothing of opening her home to anyone in need of a good meal, glass of wine and lively conversation. She was a social butterfly who thrived on making friendships and loved constantly visiting with people. She was a self-taught cook and was celebrated for her beautiful meals especially her homemade curries. She loved to garden, and when she retired to Anderson Lake in 1995, she created the most exquisite flower beds on the property for everyone to enjoy, especially her beloved hummingbirds and ladybugs. Celia’s greatest joy was time spent with family. She was happiest in the clutter and chaos of large family gatherings, surrounded by the people she loved the most. Her Boxing Day gatherings were epic, often cooking for days to ensure that everyone could enjoy delicious home cooked holidays treats, a holiday beverage, and a good laugh. She made an impact on everyone she met – to know her truly was to love her. She is dearly missed. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will only be a small, private family gathering to celebrate Celia’s life on February 25, 2021 in BC. The family will be spreading Celia’s ashes this summer so she will be surrounded and comforted by the beautiful mountain view at Anderson Lake. Before she left us, she said that we will know she is there when we see a hummingbird or a ladybug and we will be watching for her presence there. While she adored flowers, the family has two wishes: the first is that you reach out to hold your loved ones tight. The second second is that you honour her memory by donating in her name to a charity of your choice that is near and dear to you. We want to thank the incredible and kind staff at the Maple Ridge Senior’s Village, Ridge Meadows Hospital, and the Mission Hospice for the loving care they gave Celia and executing on all of her health care wishes. They are truly angels on earth.

Thank you Celia/Cece/Mummy for taking care and loving us all. Rest now.

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Lisa Cumming

February 28, 2021

Kind, gentle, selfless, nurturing, generous of heart, devoted beyond reason to her family. She loved and was loved dearly by friends and family..
To say you are missed is a gross understatement. The space you filled in my heart will remain empty forever.. as long as I will live, love and cherish you.
We will watch for your hummingbirds and lady bugs to know you are with us, try to honour your memory with love and family, not sadness.
We know you are and always will be with us.
Forever and always, you are loved, honoured and cherished. I was was privileged to call you mom, and friend
Rest well sweet soul. You live in our hearts

Brian and Laura Friedrich

February 26, 2021

A very sad loss indeed. We’re honoured to be the next owners of Dan and Celia’s very special Anderson Lake home. When we first met Celia, she toured the beautiful garden with us, pointing out every flower and describing any that were not currently in bloom. Despite our relative lack of green thumbs, her flowers still come back year after year, as a tribute to her dedication! There's really no time of year that something isn't blooming (snow drops at the moment).

Amanda Hansen

February 25, 2021



To my dear sweet Auntie Celia,
Your soothing sing-song voice always let me know how much you loved me. I’m so grateful that I was able to say goodbye to you, even if it was only by phone. Your grace and courage were never so evident as they were in your final days.
I will always remember how you really listened. Your gift of making the person you were talking to feel like they were the only one in the room with you. Your laughter was contagious, and your kindness like a warm blanket.
I knew you most all of my life and have so many wonderful memories of our times together. As a little girl, coming to stay with you and the family was always an exciting adventure. Climbing into the VW van with my rambunctious cousins and heading off to the beach with a delicious picnic prepared by you was a highlight! How did you do it all and seem so calm!
Your partnership with Uncle Dan was beautiful to witness. Inseparable, best friends and great love! Your overflowing pride and love of your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were almost palpable. Thank you for being you. We were the lucky ones to have you in our lives.
Oh, and thank you for the sausage rolls, cakes and cookies too ❤️

*This picture was taken the last time we were together in person with Uncle Dan and mum. Always lots of laughter and good food. I will miss you dearly.


Céline Doyon

February 24, 2021

Tiger lily ( Lilium Columbianum)
Celia and Dan lived near us near D’arcy.On a spring day, I asked Celia what was her favorite wildflower and she said : the tiger lily. So we had many growing on our property, I gave her a phone call when they were in bloom and her an Dan showed up, she was very happy , there were many and it was in mid-June, may of been on her birthday !
Our condolences to Dan and to the whole family and friends.
Bruce and Céline

Caden Cumming

February 24, 2021

So many memories, but the one that stuck with me the most was when I was staying at Anderson one summer when I was around 10. I was trying to make a drawing from their Thorburn's book, and was upset about it not going well. I cried a lot when I was younger, and got teased for it a lot. Thus, I was trying to make myself stop crying, which if course made it worse.
Cece saw I was upset, and I expected her to tell me to stop crying when I told her it was just about a drawing. She met me where I was at instead, and gave me a hug and let me cry a little before convincing me to try again. The picture still wasn't all that good, but it didn't matter.
It made me realize maybe feeling things isn't all that bad, crazy as that sounds.
I'll always remember that moment.

Erica Dunham

February 24, 2021

Now she flies with hummingbirds. I love you Cece.

Barbara and Michael Morley

February 24, 2021

We have many fond memories of parties and trips with both Celia and Dan. She was a generous and thoughtful hostess and a kind
friend to us. On more than one occasion we arrived by boat to be greeted at their dock with drinks before dinner. We celebrated St.
Andrew's Day a few times with them, including bagpipe music
playing through dinner. We will keep these happy times in our
memories. Celia would want us to think of her that way.

Barbara and Michael

Erica Dunham

February 24, 2021

Our darling Cece. How we miss you even though it’s only been a week. So many wonderful memories of the magical life we had with you. From camping trips when we were kids, to shopping at Park Royal ( we were a great team, always found great deals!) to spending time at your beloved Anderson Lake home. I will miss my daily calls to you, sometimes just to chat, but usually with a story about Remy or Brooks. Oh how you loved your great grandchildren. Brooks says “Cece hug” whenever I see him. And we all wish we could give you a hug. Just one more.

Wendy Lee

February 24, 2021

When my sister and I were kids, CeCe and Dan would come to visit my grandmother and we loved to hear the stories of the travels they’ve been on together. Often times we would go and have afternoon tea at their beautiful house on the lake and CeCe would take me to see all the new flowers she had planted in her garden. She will be dearly missed and my heart goes out to Dan and their children as I can’t imagine the loss they are grieving.

Gail McKellar

February 24, 2021

Celia and Dan invited the Pemberton Valley Seniors to their beautiful home on Anderson Lake for lunch and a lovely afternoon. It was a very special time of fellowship. We always enjoyed the times spent together at various seniors activities. I’m sorry we lost touch after they moved from this area.
The photo was taken from the Sea to Sky Gondola seniors trip .
Our deep condolences to all the family on her passing.

FROM THE FAMILY