Grace Clapperton, died on Tuesday, April 14th , 2023 at the age of 106 at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.
She was born at home in Pretty Valley ( Swan River area ) Manitoba. Grace was the 7th of 15 children born to Charles and Emma Cober. She attended school in the one room Pretty Valley school. She valued education but had to go to work at 16 before completing high school. She was an avid reader into her late 90’s. Grace worked for many of the farm families in the area then in 1939 she came west to B.C.with 3 of her brothers. She worked as a nanny for a family in the mining town of Wells near Barkerville before moving to Monte Lake.
While working in the kitchen at the Pondosa Pine Lumber Co. she met Wallace ( Happy ) Clapperton. They were married on September 20th 1941 and had 3 daughters, Lorraine, Evelyn, Ruth and a son David. They finally settled on an acreage, on the old Barnhartvale road at Duck Meadows, and built their own home. Mom was a had working woman and helped Dad in his logging business while raising 4 children, cooking for the hired men and looking after the house, garden and chickens. She was also an accomplished seamstress and knitter, making most of the family’s clothing. She liked good clothes and would always dress up to go to town or to visit and made sure we did too! Every family member was given a knitted afghan and some received a wedding quilt.
Mom had taught herself to play the piano as a child and could play old favourites and new songs by ear. Both Mom and Dad loved dancing and later joined the local square dance club. They also spent many nights playing cards with friends and family.
Family was very important to mom and she made many visits to see the grandchildren, five girls and the 6 great grandchildren. She also attended many family reunions for the Cober and Clapperton families. She had an amazing memory for names and knew the names of all the family members on both sides.
Grace travelled to all the provinces and the Yukon and was also able to travel with family to Britain and New Zealand. Grace liked to entertain friends and family and cooked up many delicious meals and desserts, especially pies!
After Dad died in 1983 Mom continued to live in Kamloops and formed new friendships. There were lots of daily walks and outings with her friends. Her motto was “ You have to keep moving” Even at 106 she would get out for her daily walks if weather permitted and loved to go over to MacDonald’s for coffee, across the parking lot from Chartwell Independent living ,where she lived for the last 6 years.
Mom had many sayings and loved a good laugh. An amazing woman, generous and loving. She was a promoter of women’s rights and education and encouraged her daughters and granddaughters to get a good education. She was proud of her family and their many accomplishments.
We love you, rest in peace.