Velma May Vandenborre (nee Boyd)

February 6th, 2021

August 15th 1938-February 6th 2021

It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Velma May Vandenborre. Velma was born August 15, 1938 in Enderby, BC to Arthur and Ruth Boyd (nee Steinquist)

She passed away on February 6, 2021 at The Hamlets in Vernon where she had resided since November 2017, battling dementia and many other health issues.

She had seven sisters that were all very special to her all the “Boyd girls” were raised in the Enderby/Armstrong area. Sisters: Nora Hopkins, Agnes Hesketh, Elsie Mills (predeceased Aug 6th 2019), Ruth Morrison, Dorothy (Ian) Royan, Berniece (Garry) Simpson and Gail (Aldis) Balcers. She was predeceased by her parents Arthur (1967) and Ruth (2003) and her sister Elsie Mills in (2019).

She married Robert Vandenborre on May 2, 1960 and they had three daughters: Gloria (Terry) Fedick of Vernon, BC, Denice (Mike) Melchart of Armstrong, BC and Carrie (Darren) Reich of Vernon, BC. They lived in Avola and Vavenby where Robert was in the logging industry. Velma was the logging camp cook and all the employees raved about her delicious meals and desserts. She also did the bookkeeping for the logging business for many years. They returned to Armstrong in the late ‘70s where she reconnected with many old friends and made many new friends. She was active in The Armstrong Figure Skating Club as Carrie her youngest daughter was a participant in the club. Robert and Velma moved to Vernon in 2007.

She was an incredible wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She will be forever remembered in our hearts and we will cherish all the memories we made with her.

Velma loved animals, camping, fishing, cooking, baking, playing cards and she was a huge Elvis fan. Spending time with her family was very important to her; she adored her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her grand dogs!

Thank you to all the care aides at The Hamlets for looking after Velma. Service to be held August 14th with COVID restrictions hopefully lifted.


Denise and Michael, So sorry to see that your Mom had passed. Know that we are all thinking of you.

Brother Mat Hassen and I, wish to send our deepest condolences on the loss of Velma. I remember when she was hired to work at the office and our mother Rose was training her to do the insurance, which was a complex endeavour. Velma was absolutely silent and Mom began to be alarmed that perhaps Velma was not following. To Mom's utter delight, she found that Velma had grasped the whole of the instruction in her competent and quiet manner and became a beloved and valued employee and beyond that a treasured friend. I remember going up to the old Swanson place to gather branches of flowering almond for Velma's and Robert's wedding, and later, of Robert's absolute joy when he found that his beloved wife was not ailing but expecting Gloria. May your memories of such a special person bring you comfort. Sincerely, Mat & Trish

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