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Saturday January 26, 2013

MOIR, Frances Ann (nee Fournier)

Loving well, well loved, and all too soon, Mom passed away on Friday night, January 18, 2013, from complications, during her sixth week in Vancouver General Hospital. Predeceased by her husband, Donald Stephen Moir, in 2006. She leaves her four sons, Donald (Kathy), David, Stuart (Janice Garret), and Alan (Mary Ann); five grandchildren, Rachel, Benjamin, Ryan, Andrea, and Jenna; sister, Jane Croft; sisters-in-law, Mary Tremblay, and Marie Moir; plus nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her maternal grandparents, Arthur and Olive Brenchley, were an early family in Victoria and Vancouver. Her mother, Dorothy Ann Bennett Brenchley, and father, Leslie Thomas Fournier, both early graduates of UBC, emigrated to the United States. Mom was born in 1930 in New Jersey and raised on the US east coast. A Wellesley College graduate, she moved to Vancouver in 1954. Married Dad in 1956. Mom was key in connecting an embracing circle of family and friends over many years, including the Golden Girls and friends from the University Women's Club of Vancouver. Having raised her sons, while volunteering to teach reading to dyslexic children, and spending ten summers through 1977 (baking blackberry pies) on Cowan's Point, Bowen Island, she then expanded her horizons of care by obtaining her M.Div. (VST) and became a minister in the United Church of Canada. She served a number of congregations around the Lower Mainland out to Abbotsford, before retiring to focus her care on Dad and her grandchildren. Thanks to the doctors and staff at VGH, Jim Pattison Pavilion, 10th floor. Memorial service set for Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 1:30 p.m. at Shaughnessy Heights United Church in Vancouver, Mom's long-time church.

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