Frances Ryan’s memorial service was held in Nanaimo on Saturday, August 18. We weren’t able to attend, but our hearts were with Fran and her family as we helped out with the Columbia Valley Chamber Music Festival in Invermere. Fran lived here for several years and could always be counted on to help out with community events and activities. Her energy and sense of fun were infectious. She loved costumes, colour, puppetry, and performing arts of all kinds. She would have approved of the music festival ensemble that popped up with exuberant Mozart in the farmers’ market on Saturday morning. She would have grooved to the beautiful music they played at their concert that evening. Thanks so much to Lauren Robinson, Jeff White and all the wonderful musicians who made Saturday a day to remember. All through the day we remembered Fran fondly, sending her off with the joy of music — an absolutely perfect farewell for our dear friend.
Geraldine Gibson, Invermere
Anne Jardine, Edgewater