July 18, 1948 - December 31, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Elizabeth "Liz" McCormack on December 31, 2016 at her home in Kamloops, BC.
Liz was born in Columbia, Missouri in 1948 and moved with her family to Vancouver in 1958 where her father was employed as a Professor in the Commerce Department at UBC. After graduating from high school in 1966 she attended the University of British Columbia for 2 years where she met her future husband, Jim McCormack. They married in November 1968 and flew to Kalulushi, Zambia where Jim began his career as a Mining Engineer. Liz worked as a clerk at a pharmacy and later as a stock clerk for a heavy equipment dealership in Kitwe until her daughter Dana was born in 1971 followed by her son Sean in 1972. Liz and her new family returned to Canada in August 1972 and moved to Stewart, B.C. where Jim was employed at the Granduc Copper mine.
In May 1973 they relocated to Pine Point in the NWT where her third child Ryan was born and where she became a naturalized Canadian of which she was very proud. In 1976 the family moved to Yellowknife when Jim was transferred to the Con gold mine.
In 1980 the family settled in Kamloops. With the children in school, Liz enrolled at Caribou College where she earned a diploma in Drafting Technology. In 1987 the family was on the move again: Ladner, B.C.; Flin Flon, Manitoba; North Bay, Ontario; back to Kamloops in 1990; on to Dawson City in 1996; back to Kamloops in 1998; Thunder Bay, Ontario in 2000 and back to Kamloops again in 2001. While in Kamloops between 1990 and 1996 Liz took computer courses at Thompson Rivers University and when she returned in 2001 she worked for Convergys until she left to join Jim for a 2 year project in Argentina. In 2010 Jim and Liz returned to Kamloops and took up retirement. As may be assumed, Liz was an expert in moving and making strange places into a home. She was the glue that held the family together. She loved to travel and visited all the world's continents with the exception of Antarctica, albeit that Asia was accomplished by setting foot on the east side of the Bosporus in Turkey.
While living in North Bay, Liz joined the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and subsequently transferred to her chapter in Kamloops with whom she maintained membership for many years. Liz was very active in both the sorority, the Kamloops CanGo Grannies and the Kamloops RCMP Victim Services. Liz was a bookworm, it would be hard to find a book she hasn't read. She enjoyed arts and was an expert craftswoman (knitting, sewing, etc.).
Liz is survived by: her husband Jim; her daughter Dana McCormack; her sons Ryan and Sean McCormack with their spouses Wendy and Carianne; her four grandchildren Molly, Nolan, Eamon and Maisie all of whom she was very proud and; her two brothers Gordon and John Chapman.
Her passing has left a hole in all our hearts.
A memorial service will be held for Liz at the Schoening Funeral Home in Kamloops on January 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations made online to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers Campaign at Http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/get-involved/grandmother's campaign would be appreciated in her memory.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com
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