1913 – 2013
Summerland Pioneer Vicki Brake passed away on May 18, 2013, Victoria Day weekend, just a few months before her 100th birthday.
She was born in a cabin in Alberta and moved to Summerland in 1945 where her dream of owning land in the Okanagan Valley became a reality.
Vicki became involved in the community by volunteering her time with the Legion and Hospital Auxilaries. In 1985 she was honoured to be selected as one of “Summerland’s Good Citizens”.
In keeping with her community spirit, Vicki had a desire to share her land with the senior citizens of Summerland. An opportunity arose and her vision was fulfilled with the construction of Angus Place in 2000. Her love of her home is remembered in “The Vicki Brake Garden” at Angus Place where she resided for seven years.
Vicki was admired for her determination, work ethic, advocacy of higher education, and her ability to create a little paradise on a bare piece of land.
Her family will remember her love of dancing, bountiful vegetable gardens, orchard, and red roses. Vicki’s home was always open to friends and family where they were treated to homemade soup, fresh bread and cinnamon buns, pickles, fruit pies, pancake breakfasts and a warm bed.
Vicki’s last four years were spent at the Summerland Seniors Village. Her family would like to thank the wonderful staff for their outstanding care and for treating her with dignity and respect.
In her final days she was visited by her loving family. She is survived by her son George (Ilse) of Summerland, son James of Vancouver, and daughter Marjorie (Bob Carpenter) of Nanaimo. She had seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
“KEEP ON DANCING, MOM!”