My mom died

June 29th, 2015 at 11:02 am EDT
Hello Friend,

My mom died a little over 2 weeks ago, and we just had her memorial service on Saturday.

It was primarily family, my brother Michael ( we run this business together), our younger brother Ian, my mom's younger brother ( Uncle David) to us, and then all of our families.

This is an older pic...I am on the left, Mom/Dad in the middle, then Ian, Michael on the right.

JONES (SYMINGTON), Katharine Ann.

Mom (known to most of you as Kay) died June 16, 2015 at an extended care home, The Good Samaritan Hillside Village in Salmon Arm. She had a variety of ailments which first put her in extended care 13 years ago (fibromyalgia, severe arthritis, heart disease), but her strong Scottish will kept her going, as she recently sang on her 80th birthday 3 weeks ago.

She was born on May 30th 1935 in Edinburgh Scotland and was the eldest daughter of the Rev John Symington and Jessie (Gyp) Symington, of Dumfries, Scotland.

She graduated from Hutcheson's Girls Grammar School in Glasgow and trained as a nurse and midwife at the Deaconess Hospital in Edinburgh.

Mom had the travel bug, going to exotic locations in Europe, then ultimately to the United States and Canada, where she worked as a nurse. Somehow she ended up in Lillooet BC, meeting a handsome, dancing rancher (Dad).

The next thing you know she was married, pregnant , and raising 3 sons on the Jones Ranch at Texas Creek Road in Lillooet.

She worked full time as a nurse in Lillooet, delivered many a baby, was the one who took care of all the injured sons/cousins at the farm, cleaned the house, cooked most of the meals, was the primary breadwinner, dealt with farm family dynamics and supported dad in politics/school board/golf course.

You can see why she enjoyed her glass of wine and cigarettes.

Mom loved music and dance and was a fan of Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady and Carousel; she was often singing while in care, knowing most of the church songs by heart.

I'll always remember her thick Scottish accent, telling us boys to get 'ooot', along with her desire that we don't choose farming as a profession ( 1 out of 3 ain't bad.. )

She was a good Mom, who we could always count on to be there, probably under appreciated, and not deserving of all her medical challenges, but sometimes life is like that.

She is survived by her younger brother David who lives in Gray Creek BC and by her three sons, Andrew, Michael and Ian and by many grandchildren, all of whom live in BC.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 27th, at First United Church, 450 Okanagan Avenue SE Salmon Arm BC at 1PM. In lieu of flowers donations to the Chronic Pain Association of Canada ( ) would be most appreciated.

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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