January 11, 1911 – March 10, 2009
Long time Lake Cowichan resident Norma Hancock passed away on March 10, 2009 at the age of 98.
Norma was predeceased by her husband Art in 1977; her mother Edna in 1913; her father Frank who lived at Lake Cowichan from 1953 until his death in 1969 and foster brother Allan Hammond. She is survived by her children: daughter Carol Beaton and sons Robert Grute (Lorraine) and Michael Hancock (Brenda); grandchildren Stephen (Diane), Curtis (Tracey), Matthew (Adrie), Mandy (Kamal), Bryan (Mira), Michael (Christina), David (Jodie), Jamie (Rob), Sherrie (Tod), Jessica (Jason) and Heidi (Troy); great grandchildren Brandi (Geof), Ashlyne, Kyle, Neil, Addison, Emily Rose, Ewan, Cole, Abigale, Kayla, Daniel, Natasha and Vaughan. She is also survived by three uncles and an aunt in Manitoba and many nieces and nephews including special nephew Albert Hammond.
Norma was born in Victoria, BC on January 11, 1911. After the death of her mother in 1913, she and her father moved to Newfoundland where they stayed for 15 months before going to Macgregor, Manitoba where Norma was to remain in the care of an elderly couple for six years until her father returned from overseas during WWI. In 1920 she moved to Winnipeg before returning to BC in 1949. She came to Lake Cowichan 56 years ago and spent the rest of her life residing at the Hancock family home on the Cowichan River.
Over the years, Norma was a very active and involved member of the community. She was a life member of the OORP Lake Cowichan Branch #90 (Royal Purple) serving as Honoured Royal Lady several times over the years. She was also involved in the raising of money to pay off the organization’s mortgage. She spent 17½ years running the Elks Bingo and another 17½ years selling lottery tickets. Norma was a Life member of the Valley Fish and Game Club, a long time member of the Lake Cowichan Credit Union and Lake Cowichan Co-op Store, serving as its secretary for seven years. She was also a member of the local Seniors Association and the Evergreen Seniors Low-Cost Housing Society.
The family would like to thank Doctors Turner, Egan, Kerswell and Anderson and the many Home Support staff who helped Norma over the years. And a very special thanks to Arnold, Donna, Katelyn and Zack.
At Norma’s request, there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
Cancer Society’s Vancouver Island Lodge,
2202 Richmond Road, Victoria, BC V8R 4R5.