Peyton Terrill Ross was born in Edmonton, Alberta on May 6, 2003. Peyton showed incredible intelligence paired with a stubborn independent streak from an early age. She was always so caring and empathetic to everyone who was lucky enough to cross her path. She had the most amazing spirit; she was so accepting and understanding of everyone, unless you used incorrect grammar. She read countless novels providing her with a superior vocabulary. At times this led to very confusing dialogue at the dinner table. At one point in her life, she aspired to be an author or an editor, and her writing was proof that she easily could have made a successful career of it.
She loved music! Singing along with it, dancing to it (when no one was looking), quizzing herself with satellite radio (guess the band and song title before the lyrics started) and going to concerts. She also loved musicals and introduced anyone and everyone to them, willing or not. She had a quick sharp sense of humour that made everything more fun. Her giggles and laughter were like contagious music, especially when she was over tired. But most of all Peyton expressed herself through art. It was always her passion; from before she could form proper sentences, to the career she planned to pursue. She was talented in many mediums. This included watercolours, copic markers, ink, charcoal and digital using Procreate on her iPad.
She was a fierce activist for the environment, which led to her decision to become a vegetarian. She advocated for a better world and was involved in the climate change movement in Kelowna. She was steadfast in incorporating this in her daily life utilizing shampoo bars, bamboo toothbrushes and so forth. Her commitment to these lifestyle changes had a positive influence on others. She was one of a select few to be chosen to represent her age group at the Me to We leadership conference in Vancouver. She loved England and although she was close, she never made it to London. She was fortunate enough to visit Quebec, Florida and Mexico. She lived in France for a month through her school’s exchange program.
Peyton was fiercely loyal and sometimes challenging to her friends and family. She made every event, game and meal more joyous and entertaining; sometimes at the expense of her siblings. We will miss her kicking our asses while watching Jeopardy together. Her nephew, William, held a very special place in her heart. She had endless patience for doing arts and crafts, playing games and even getting him to eat his supper when no one else could. Peyton was so intelligent, empathetic, understanding and talented. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She made her family insanely proud of everything she did and would have accomplished. We love you Boo.
There will be no public gathering at this time due to the pandemic. A celebration to honour and remember Peyton will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name would be gratefully accepted at foundrybc.ca/kelowna. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.