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HOLMES, Valarie “Val” (née Burgess)

September 21, 1951 — January 9, 2024

Valarie “Val” Holmes (née Burgess) passed away peacefully on January 9, 2024, at age 72 with with her family by her side. Val is survived by her daughters Chelsea (Matt) and Katy; son Benjamin (Kelly); and granddaughters, Emery and Eliza. She is also survived by brothers, Jim (Eileen), and Dan (Sharon); sister Shelley; and a large and loving extended family. She is predeceased by her parents, Cyril and Phyllis; her eldest brother Stephen; her husband Patrick; and her infant daughter Carly.

Val was born September 21, 1951, in Victoria, BC. In her early life, she enjoyed music, camping, and exploring the many beaches of Vancouver Island. In 1984, Val and her husband Patrick (Pat) settled in Sicamous, BC, and enjoyed a simple, yet full, life. Val enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, yoga, and more than anything being surrounded by friends and family. She is remembered for her kind heart, thoughtful wisdom, and caring nature.

Our family would like to thank Dr. Koss and all of the staff at Hawthorn Park and Mountainview Village for their care.

A gathering to celebrate Val’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BC Children’s Hospital

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  • Sharon Gibb says:

    I’m so sorry yo hear about your mom . She was a great person full of life and always made me feel welcome when I worked at twin anchors . She had a great smile and loved to laugh . Condolences from my family sending hugs

  • Holly Cowan says:

    This is so very hard to write, because when you lose a friend as special as Val it’s hard to find the words. Val’s family meant everything to her, and my heart breaks for Chelsea, Katy, Ben her grandkids, family members, and really anyone who ever knew her. She had a positive and deep impact on us all. She made everyone feel special and welcome in her life. I cherish all my moments with her and feel so lucky that I got to call her my friend. I will miss her always.

  • Nancy Whitticase says:

    Val was a special lady who will be deeply missed. Sending the family lots I’ve love and light during this sad time. 💞

  • Bing & Heather Bissell says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to Val’s family & friends. She was a lovely person. We worked at Twin Anchors also and always enjoyed chatting with her. Hugs to all😥

  • Cathy Johnson says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Val”s passing. Although newer friends in Sicamous we enjoyed many Yoga classes together and a few lovely walks. Your mom was a good friend and a lovely lady. Val and Pat are watching over you now.

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