STOBBE Lydia (nee Rempel)

With Christmas lights twinkling, Lydia Mary Rempel arrived as a Christmas bundle on December 23, 1939. Her parents, George and Mary, were now proud parents of a second daughter. Fran, the eldest daughter and four younger siblings – Clara, Joyce, Janice and the much anticipated baby boy, Ken, completed the family.

Born and raised in Vancouver, mom enjoyed school, baseball and good friends.

Introduced to future husband John Stobbe while he was working in Vancouver, they married on November 23, 1963; just one day after President Kennedy was shot. Charlene was born on February 14, 1965 and Glen on July 22, 1969.

As a December baby, it was no surprise that Mom favored Christmas above all other holidays. Elegantly wrapped gifts were placed with precision under the Christmas tree. Her selection of baking could rival Martha Stewart and her decorating trumped Saks Fifth Ave.

She earned her Real Estate License in 1991 and had a fantastic thirteen-year career, selling homes and making friends along the way.

Mom’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2004 was a huge blow but she maintained a fighting spirit. Her journey was completed on May 16 and we take great comfort that she is now celebrating in heaven.

Our list of thanks is exhaustive. With appreciation to Dr. John Chan, Dr. Ojay, Dr. Hilliard, and Dr. Brown for their compassion and expertise. The staff at ARH and the Christine Morrison Hospice were a blessing as were the nurses in the community palliative program, especially Robin.

Also, many thanks to those who faithfully sent cards, delivered flowers and baking and stayed in touch via visits, phone and email. Fran and Clara, mom’s sisters, went the extra mile and then some.

Mom, on behalf of John and family, daughter Charlene Friesen, her husband Barry and their children Chris and Jonathan; son Glen and his children Katlin, Travis, and great granddaughter Harlow, thanks for your commitment to family.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. in Immanuel Baptist Church, 2950 Blue Jay St., Abbotsford.

Donations in Lydia’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.



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