We Remember

JEROME, Tricia Gaye

1965 – 2023

On August 17th, 2023, the world lost an amazing woman too soon. Tricia passed with her children, Cody and Jennifer, by her side. We will remember her strength through her journey, her infectious laugh, her hugs, and her huge heart. Mama, we will forever love you more than the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Tricia spent her whole life in Kamloops, BC. She grew up on a farm in Knutsford with her beautiful sister Wanda, supportive brother Kevin, and amazing little brother Darren; each one of them have a different, endearing nickname for her. She watched them create beautiful families of their own. She loved being auntie to Breanne, Nikki, Casey, Hayden, Hailey-Ann, and Deidrich. She also loved being a sister to Lori and Fred. She never stopped talking about family and all their accomplishments. Her mother, Gail, was one of her best friends in the world. Her father, Albert, who she loved with all her heart, passed before her. Tricia and her former spouse and friend to the end, Al, built a home together with a beautiful backyard with many fountains and flowers, where she enjoyed relaxing pool days. At anytime throughout the years, there were always 3 dogs being loved and spoiled that brought her so much happiness.

Tricia thrived on taking care of people in any way she could. Her recent career with Interior Health as a Patient Ambassador was an incredible accomplishment in her life, and brought her pride. Her favourite thing was spending time with her children. We have fond memories of her toes in the sand on the beaches of Hawaii. She found a peace by the water and had time to reflect. She was truly happy there. Her favourite restaurant in the whole world was the Shorebird, where she could laugh, dance, and sing (and of course eat Mahi Mahi).

She leaves behind close friends and family who loved her, to cherish her memory; as well as approximately 47 soft fuzzy blankets; and too many slippers to count. She was caring, feisty, loving, and compassionate.

We would like to thank all the nurses and doctors who truly cared for her along this journey, especially those at the Kelowna BC Cancer Clinic.

A Celebration of Life will be announced in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer – Kelowna – Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior.

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  • Jill Rodrigues says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Tricia. We hadn’t kept in touch over the years but I fondly remember hours spent in her basement in valleyview playing lightbright.
    Sounds like nicknames were her thing. My dad, her uncle Edwin used to call her Cookie and me Punkin. I was always jealous that my dad saw her as a cute cookie and I was a large orange gourd!
    My heart goes out to you. Love Jill

  • Sue Orton says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Tricia’s passing. Through the years, we would run into each other at her work or mine. We would have such a good time catching up on everything and anything. Always a short visit, but lots of laughs. I’ll always remember her as a very happy, light hearted person. My heart and thoughts are with you.
    Sue Orton

  • Allison in’t Veld says:

    We had not been close for years. However I remember her as a small child out at my families cabin at East Barriere Lake. I particularly remember when she was very young and fell into the water at the end of the Fock after quietly wending her way through the chatting aunts. Fortunately my Dad noticed her bobbing up and hauled her out of the water. That was not the end of a bad day for her as she tripped and went hand first into the campfire. I also babysat for she and her siblings. I know she will be missed and wish the family peace and healing!

  • Lori Orton says:

    It is never easy to say goodbye but take comfort that she is at peace now. Your mom loved you, Jennifer and Cody to bits and was so very proud of both of you.
    Always remember she is watching over you
    Auntie Lori and Uncle Kevin

  • Barb Brunet says:

    Trish and I spent many years working together at the “lounge. We had so much fun, especially when Rock Trivia came on Friday nights. Trish’s smile and laugh was contagious. We didn’t always meet eye to eye, but at the end of the week…everything was loving again.
    I have much more memories, some that may not be appropriate to say now. She is loved.

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