September 17, 1915 —

November 6, 2004

Alma passed away peacefully on

November 6, 2004 at the Bulkley

Lodge, her home for the last two


Alma was born in New Liskeard in

northern Ontario, the second of •ve

children. She grew up on a farm

and then moved to Timmins to study

nursing. She became a registered

nurse in 1938 and nursed in Timmins

for several years. During that time

she met her husband to be, Albert

(Ab) Moss, a geologist who worked

in the area.

They were married in 1943 and

shortly afterwards moved to

Montreal where they lived for 13

years and their daughter Patricia

(Pat) was born. Ab•s geology career

then took them to Labrador for eight

years, back to Montreal for two, and

•nally to Edmonton for six years,

before they retired to Victoria in


Both Ab and Alma were avid

gardeners and they had a lovely

big garden in Victoria which gave

them much pleasure. They enjoyed

being able to garden all year and

no longer have to shovel snow. Ab

died in 1985 and Alma continued

to live in the family home until she

was 80. At that point she moved to

an apartment in independent living

at Oak Bay Lodge. She lived there

for seven years but when her health

deteriorated and she needed more

care, she moved to Smithers to be

close to her daughter Pat.

Alma was a great reader and it was

very hard for her when she lost her

eyesight shortly before moving to

Smithers. She enjoyed being read

to though and got great pleasure

from Pat and other friends reading

books to her. Alma had lots of

friends across the country, many of

them going back to Labrador days,

and she kept in touch with them

regularly until her death. In the last

years when she could no longer see,

Pat became her reader and scribe.

Alma loved tea parties and organized

hundreds during her lifetime. In

her •nal two years in Smithers, Pat

arranged many small tea parties with

Alma, including the last one two

days before she died. By then Alma

was no longer eating or drinking but

she still enjoyed the social aspect.

Alma will be remembered fondly

by her loving daughter Pat Moss,

her sister Elizabeth Lentine, her

brother Walter Hobbs, and other

family members and friends across


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