We Remember

GATLEY, Helma Frances

January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970


On June 27, 2014, Frances died peacefully at Hospice House, Kelowna, BC, at the age of 90.

She was born June 7, 1924 in Edmonton, and was predeceased by her parents Nicholas and Olga Martin, and in 2004, by her beloved husband of 52 years, Lorne. She is survived by her loving children, son Ross, daughter Diane, son-in-law Norman Williams and by adoring granddaughters Elizabeth (Shawn), Victoria and Alexandra Williams.

Frances served with the WRNS in Halifax during WWll, and subsequently gained a B.A. and B.LS (Library Science) from the University of Alberta.

A graveside family memorial service is planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Society.


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  • Harold Decksheimer says:

    To the family of Frances Gatley. On behalf of the Sun Villa Society Executive and members, we extend to you our sincere Sympathy during this time of sorrow.We will miss her at Sunrise Village.
    Harold Decksheimer,Bereavement Chairman.

  • Jenny says:

    Deepest sympathy to Frances’ family – she was a gracious hostess for some of our recitals and great company as we drove to those held at Carol’s. She inspired me to try a little harder as a “mature” piano student. I’ll miss her kind encouragement.

  • Gwen Rempel says:

    I was saddened to hear of Frances’ passing. I always enjoyed chatting with her at our Osteofit Exercise Classes here in our complex. We enjoyed many things in common such as reading good books and both having taught piano.

    I was always encouraged by her efforts to keep healthy and fit and to keep on riding her bike. No small feat at the age of 90!

    I will miss her. She was a good friend.

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