Ebba Margaret Stocks (nee Hansen) passed away peacefully December 17, 2012, at the age of 104 years in Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke. Born October 25, 1908, Ebba lived her entire life in Revelstoke except for a few months when, as a young woman, she worked in Vancouver. She returned to Revelstoke and worked as secretary at an Insurance Company. In Revelstoke she met the love of her life George Stocks who had established a photography business. They were married on Valentines day in 1944 and two years later built a new studio and store on Mackenzie Avenue which provided both business space and an upper floor apartment. Ebba successfully managed the gift shop associated with the photography studio. Throughout her life, Ebba was very industrious and outgoing and, throughout their 51 years together, was devoted to George. Ebba was involved in many organizations in Revelstoke, and was a long term member of the United Church where she was active with the Senior’s Group. Following George’s passing, she maintained her own apartment in Nim’s Manor until the age of 102, at which time her reduced mobility led to her move to hospital while waiting for residence in Mount Cartier Court. She moved to the Cottages in May 2012.
Ebba was predeceased by her husband George in 1995 and by her parents Alfred and Helma Hansen, her brother Elmer Hansen and her sister Jean (John) Davidson. She is survived by her nephews, Fred (Sheila) Rayer of Calgary, John (Carol) Rayer of Vancouver; cousins Elizabeth (Hector) Odiar of Kelowna and Fay Versteig of Calgary; great niece Susan Gramlich of Calgary and great nephew James (Anka) Rayer of Aldergrove and their families, as well as many other relatives throughout Canada, Denmark and Holland. Ebba was much loved by all that knew her and will be remembered by her many friends and those who looked after her in her last years. Special thanks to Helen and Bill Shuttleworth, the PALS, Jean Takkinen and the United Church Women’s Group, Dr. Leslie and Dr. Rennie, as well as the nurses and staff at Mt. Cartier Court cottages.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday January 4th, 2013 at the Revelstoke United Church. Interment will follow in the family plot at Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the CNIB, the Revelstoke United Church Memorial Fund or to the charity of one’s choice, in memory of Ebba.
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Arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.