Yvette Marie Levesque was born in Grand Falls New Brunswick on February 7, 1930. She is survived by her son Robert (Cathie), her daughters Louise (Croft), Nalome, her son-in-law Len and her grandsons, Cole and Chad. Yvette was predeceased by her husband Roland, and her daughter Denise (Len).
Mom was part of a large gregarious family, 15 children in all - seven girls and eight boys. Dad took the train from New Brunswick to Vancouver in 1952 and then returned to bring his bride-to-be back with him on an adventurous trip to the West Coast where they married at the Blessed Sacrament Church. The Vancouver Sun newspaper headline read “Bride Comes Here from Maritimes”.
Mom was independent and had an amazing inner strength. She loved music and she loved to dance. She treasured her family, caring for all of us with love, patience and compassion.
She was an avid walker and could be seen at the Ambleside Seawall daily with her “bestie” Pat Prystay, both chatting incessantly.
Mom and Dad moved to our first family home in Woodfibre, a small pulp mill town in Howe Sound where Dad worked for Rayonier Canada and Mom was kept busy raising four children. We moved to Pemberton Heights on the North Shore in 1966 which remained her home where wonderful memories were made.
Mom was widowed at the young age of 53 years when Dad passed away at 57 years. Having her children living close by gave her comfort in the years that followed.
Working for Wine Art selling wine making supplies was Mom’s entry into the workforce and how appropriate, given that Dad was busy crushing Zinfandel grapes for wine in our basement. Mom then went on to work for Eaton’s where there was never a doubt, she was well-suited in her role of Sales Clerk in ladies’ fashions. She definitely portrayed a sense of style.
As we grew up, life in the Martin household on a Saturday night would often include friends and/or relatives stopping in to enjoy social time, music and dancing. The arrival of her two grandsons, Cole and Chad, brought her immense joy, complimenting her ever-present youthfulness.
The women who have cared for Mom over the last 13 years became our friends and family. They provided her with exceptional care, comfort and compassion throughout. Appreciation and gratitude go out to the North Shore Home Care Nursing Program and the in-home Palliative Care Program.
Mom will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
A Celebration of Life is planned for a later date in the Fall.