It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Maria (Ria) Alida Josepha Turkenburg on Aug. 5, 2018.
Ria is survived by her five children Alice, Yvonne (Mark Allen), Judy (Lorne Wilcock), John (Michelle) and Ann (Kevin Scott); her grandchildren Jordana (Kaven Pereira), Matthew, Nicholas, Britni, Lexi, Logan and Ethan. Ria was predeceased by her husband Joe (2012) and her infant daughter Shirley (1957).
Mom was born March 11, 1928 in Vijfhuizen, Netherlands. Mom was the youngest daughter in her family of seven siblings. At a dance in 1950, she met Dad, the love of her life. They were married in 1952 and, soon after, Dad immigrated to Canada to set up a new life for his bride. In 1953, with all her treasures sewn safely inside her coat, Mom travelled from Holland to join Dad in Enderby, B.C. Shortly afterwards, they settled in Kamloops where they purchased Park Avenue Bakery and started their family. Mom took great pleasure in raising her five children and working in the bakery.
Mom learned English with her love of reading. She was an excellent seamstress and avid knitter. Many babies in Kamloops have been the recipients of her beautiful creations donated to the RIH Gift Shop and other local charities.
Mom and Dad enjoyed travelling to Europe, throughout Canada and cruising to Alaska and California. Family was the cornerstone of her life and she enjoyed many family gatherings at home and Sunday picnics at the Shuswap Lake. We will forever treasure the many good memories our family shared together.
Prayers will be recited at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 2797 Sunset Drive, on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm. The Reverend Father Fred Weisbeck will celebrate the funeral mass in the church on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.
Our family would like to thank Berwick on the Park and mom's Berwick family for their friendship and support over the past six years.
Memorial donations in the memory of Ria may be made to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation.