Moya Boomer

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Moya Boomer on

September 12, 2010 at Golden B.C. at the age of 90 years. She will be sadly

missed by her family; Anne (Richard) Livingston of Biggar, Sask; Keith (Tammi) Horsburgh

of Rosemary, Alberta, Helyne (Mervin) Shusheski of Golden, B.C; Chris (Julie) Horsburgh of Brooks, Alberta; Gene (Irene)Horsburgh of Calgary, Alberta. She was blessed with eleven grandchildren, Michael, Andrea, Ilia, Adam, Cody, Christina, Terra, Mandy, Nichole, Cory and Curtis and eleven great grandchildren; Ashley, Melissa, Keane, Xavier, Christopher, Kayden, Harmony, Lyric, Kaitlyne, Brody, and Keiran; many nieces and nephews and special foster-niece Sandra Dixon. Moya is predeceased by her parents, Mable and Reginald and brother Dick of England, great granddaughter Katlyne; sister-in-law Lillian Hatton and brothers-in-law Albert Hatton and Jim Furman.

Moya was born March 12, 1920 in the county of Wandsworth, London, England. She was the second of two children born to Mable and Reginald Cohen, sister to Dick Cohen. Moya and her brother grew up in foster homes as their parents were in the theatre and traveled constantly. Her loving foster parents, foster sisters and foster niece were a huge and loving part of her life.

Moya married George Horsburgh, a Canadian soldier, on March 17, 1944 and later traveled to Canada with many other war brides where she made Fort MacLeod, Alberta her home. Moya and George farmed in the Fort MacLeod area for several years and after the birth of their second child they moved to Nanton, Alberta where George opened a dray service as Moya cared for their growing family. Together they raised five children.

As a new war bride, Mom worked to learn the Canadian customs and activities. As a new farm wife she joined the social club, learned to cook on a wood stove as she gathered recipes and advice from her new family. She was determined to learn the culture and the life style of this new environment. Like many war brides, the life was very difficult but her strong character prevailed and she came to love her new home and her new life. She often spoke of her warm memories of the farm. Upon moving to Nanton, Alberta, Mom continued to be an active and busy woman. Gardening was a great pastime in their new home and she was known for her canning and her wonderful homemade bread. She loved to knit and was often teased that she could “knit with her eyes closed”! She was very proud of all that she had learned and accomplished! Mom became an active member of her church and there was never a Sunday that she didn’t have her brood of five sitting with her in the church pews. Mom loved music and made sure that she and all of her children learned to play a musical instrument. Mom and dad worked as caretakers of the Nanton United Church, a job that she was very proud and passionate about. During this time, Mom joined the choir and the drama group where her theatre heritage was evident. She loved to sing and dance and was a “true” actress! After 36 years of marriage Moya divorced and later married Gerald Boomer of Nanton. During this time Moya continued her social activities in Nanton and worked at the motel as a cleaning lady. It was a short marriage and later she moved to Cloverdale where she enjoyed the ocean once again. In 1996, Moya moved to Golden to be closer to her daughter. She enjoyed her “Golden” years and continued with her activities singing in groups and joining the senior’s center. Mom often took the bus to see her children, past friends and family in Alberta and Saskatchewan always remembering how important past friendships and family were. She sported the nickname of “Bunny” and often her children referred to her as the “energizer bunny” as she continued to be very active in her home and in the community. She loved to take her walks (she never learned to drive) – She never “slowed down”! Mom loved her yard, her home in Golden, and the beauty of the mountains always loving the view from her home with her favourite tree and Mount Seven. We were all so proud of mom’s enthusiasm for life!

Memorial Service and tea was held at the Golden Seniors Center in Golden, B.C. on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 with Keith Horsburgh officiating. Honorary pallbearers were all who knew and loved her; active pallbearers were all of Moya’s grandchildren, eulogy delivered by Gene Horsburgh. Interment will be made at a later date by the family.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, National Office, Suite 200, 10 Alcorn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4V 3B1. Online condolences may be sent through Moya’s obituary at Funeral arrangements are in the care of Hindman/Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm, BC.

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