Mona Vaux Chambers (November 18, 1926 – November 3, 2014)
Mona Vaux Chambers (nee Paterson) passed away early Monday morning, November 3, 2014. Mona was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Nelson Chambers earlier this spring, March 14, 2014. Mona was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to the Chambers family; Dan, Kathy Deane-Zimmer (Gunner), Joanne Stone (Gary), David (Gloria), and Doris Squair (Darrell), 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Mona was born in Powell River to George and Nancy Paterson, 3rd oldest of four daughters. She grew up in the Alberni Valley, on Vancouver Island. She is the granddaughter of Minnie Paterson, “Canada’s very own Grace Darling” of the Cape Beale Lighthouse. Her ancestors immigrated to the West Coast from the Orkney Islands of Scotland.
Mona met Art at the end of the War dance on May 8th, 1945 and they were married less than two years later on March 18th, 1947. Art’s career with the army led them to Alberta and the Lower Mainland, settling in Vernon. They then homesteaded in both Cherryville and Lumby where they began cattle ranching and logging. Through commitment and team work, Mona and Art built and also founded DCT Chambers Trucking, which is celebrating its 50th year in business.
Mona was passionate about preserving the integrity of her surroundings at Park Mountain, allowing Grizzly Bear to graze openly with their cattle each spring and prohibiting hunting in order to protect wildlife on their ranch.
She has quietly supported many youth and to honour her memory we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Vernon Youth Safe House and Teens Count Too, local non-profit societies. Her message always has been loyalty and love for our family above all. Mom’s way was one of quiet support, humility, and loyalty. Above all she prided the family she created and loved to visit us and share stories over a cup of coffee at her kitchen table. She was a life-long learner, learning with each new generation. She began studying for her LSAT with one of her grandsons at the age of 84.
At Mom’s (Mona’s) request a Private “Family Only” Service will be held.