Julia Giles (nee Yeryk), 87, a longtime resident of Logan Lake, BC left us peacefully on
November 25, 2017 to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Julia is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Ray Giles, her son Owen (Jeran) Giles and two grand-daughters, Eryka and Leighton.
Predeceased by her parents Stanley and Hasia Yeryk, her brothers Conrad, Peter, Charlie, her sisters Stella, Verna and first husband Joseph Lore.
Julia’s was born the youngest of six children in a small farming community in southern Manitoba. Finishing high school at the age 16, she moved to Winnipeg to attend business college and to find work. She later moved to Windsor, Ontario to be closer to family. There she received numerous accolades as she climbed the corporate ladder reaching the pinnacle job position, that a lady could achieve in the 1950’s and 60’s, with Prudential Life in Detroit, Michigan and then F.W. Keane Insurance in Windsor.
Although she had a busy work life she still found time to be the amazing Auntie Julie to many nieces and nephews. She met her soulmate, Ray, in a small northern Ontario mining town while visiting her cousins. Ray and Julia got married; she moved to Atikokan and was employed by Bainbridge Insurance. A short 3 years later they started a family with the birth of their son. In 1979 the mine closed so they migrated west to British Columbia settling in Logan Lake. Julia’s life changed as she embraced her role as a terrific mother, Sunday school teacher, minor hockey secretary, teacher’s assistant for 13 years, church secretary, potluck provider and baker of amazing pies, muffins and cookies!
Julia’s life encompassed all the characteristics of a selfless-servant. Although she only had one child; many people throughout her life would consider her their second mom. It is said that your life might be the only gospel people read, to which Jesus Christ was her center and He shone through!
Mom’s Celebration of Life service will be held at the Church on the Hill, 237 Jasper Drive, in Logan Lake on Friday, December 8 at 1:30 pm.
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