Terry-Lynne BOWCOTT

BOWCOTT, Terry-Lynne (nee Stromquist)

August 18, 1956 – May 14, 2015

Terry-Lynne Bowcott lost her brave battle with cancer on May 14, 2015 with her loving husband, Michael and her family by her side. She was 58 years old. Terry-Lynne was born in Chilliwack, BC to Albin and Melvina Stromquist. She was a big sister to Dwain and Diana, and as her dad was in the logging industry the family lived in Laidlaw, Alaska, Zeballos, Campbell River, and Hope, BC. Terry-Lynne, after graduation from Hope Senior Secondary, worked at various businesses in Hope and then made her way to Ontario for a short time, returning to Hope to give birth to her daughter Angela Dawn. She then met the love of her life Michael and they were married in Honolulu Hawaii March 24, 1979. Daughter Leanne Nicole arrived to complete the family unit, until granddaughter Nicole Lynne was born one Christmas Day and mom wasn’t able to care for her, grandma stepped in and went from being an empty-nester to a grandparent/parent again and loved every minute of it. With Terry-Lynne, everything was family, from her huge circle of friends to her equally huge extended family, the Stromquist clan, and family took precedence. If you were a friend, you were family and vice versa. After working in local service businesses in Hope, bartending, bookkeeping and waiting at the Hope Hotel (where she met Michael) waitressing at Smitty’s and Rolly’s she eventually acquired certification in Floral Design. Terry-Lynne then worked at the Flower Patch and subsequently opened her own shop – Flower Cottage until her health wouldn’t allow her to continue as a florist. During that career her kids would bring home strays, other kids who needed her love and care, and Terry-Lynne began her other career as a Foster-mom, it was this career that she became so passionate about and would move heaven and earth to ensure that those who were put in her care were shown love, understanding, and stability for however long they were in her care and beyond. This ability was recognized by all the people she worked with and Terry-Lynne became a reliable resource for coaching other Foster Parents. This also led Terry-Lynne to be included on various boards and committees in the community, as she had an ability to find solutions to complex issues regarding delivery of services. She was very proud of her inclusion as a Board member for Hope Community Services until the end. Terry-Lynne was also a Legion Executive member, and worked diligently on the refurbishment of the lounge and brought the poker club to a new home there. Poker was her passion and one could find Terry-Lynne playing at home with friends, on the computer, watching TV tournaments, and competing at the Legion and occasionally at the curling rink with the Lions. She also loved to make the jaunt down across the border with her girlfriends to Reno and later just down to Nooksak with cousins Cheryl and Frank for the seafood brunch. Terry-Lynne also loved to travel to Mexico and Hawaii and some of her fondest memories are the vacations in Mexico with Grace & Mike, Randy & Diane, Mom & sister Diana and above all husband, Michael. A Celebration of Terry-Lynne’s life will be held at the RC Legion, Hope Br. 228 on Sunday, June 14th, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

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