In loving memory of Brenda Diane Mountstevens, born March 4, 1944.
Strong of character, Brenda, a long-time resident of West Vancouver, had a way of connecting with people that made her remarkably unforgettable. Her sharp wit and way with words often left one in fits of laughter. Her strength, compassion, and humility preceded her.
Married to the love of her life, John, for fifty-six years, their partnership would sail through many seas. Both devoted to creating culinary masterpieces, their home and dinner table was open to one and all. And a feast it would be.
To say that Brenda mastered any skill she undertook would be an understatement. An accomplished cook, avid gardener, lover of Labradors (her faithful companion, Simon, always at her side) and masterful story-teller, Brenda gave so much of herself to others. Always quick to help, to offer advice, or just to listen, Brenda touched anyone who met her. While her daughter, Allison was her shining light, it was her grandchildren, Antony and Emily who inspired her.
Brenda’s well-known strength rallied in the last few weeks of her life as she bravely marched forward, always laughing and making little jokes to lighten the mood and carry the brevity of her situation for the benefit of everyone around her. To a fault, Brenda’s spirit, strength, and determination made her an exceptional person and anyone who had the opportunity to meet her would say so.
Forever in our hearts, never forgotten, mom, you once said “the two hardest things are saying hello for the first time and goodbye for the last”, now I know what you meant.
Thank you to Dr. Justin Chan and Dr. McFee for their special care of Brenda; your strength and professional capacity are humbling.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation would be gratefully accepted.