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Martha Selma Eld
  • 88 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 23, 1927
  • Place of birth:
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Date of passing: Apr 2, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Let the memory of Martha be with us forever

It is with heavy hearts the family announces the passing of Martha Selma Eld, née Phillip, born December 23, 1927, Montreal, QB, who died on April 2, 2016 at the age of 88, peacefully, after developing a heart condition in early January.  Great Grandmother (GG), Grams, Grandma, Nanny, Mom, Martha, Auntie, Cousin, friend, mentor, teacher, artist….she will long be remembered by many.

Mom will join our dad, Cuthbert Joseph Eld, and their many children sadly mourn Mom’s death:

Vicki and Glenn Whiteley, Victoria, BC, and Cian and Cami Browne, New York;
Fred Eld, deceased;
Susan Hall and Evan and Kathryn Hall, Ottawa, ON;
Janet and Mike Pearce and children Chris and Jackie Pearce, Edmonton, AB;
Kathy and Steve York, Port Elgin, ON and children Mike and Jillian York and Great Grandchildren Abigail, Cullen and Emerson, Cold Lake, AB, Joe York, Port Elgin, ON and Brian York, Peace River, AB;
Bob Eld, and children Corey Eld and Great Grandchildren, Roxanne and Sam, Kamloops, BC, who Mom has lived with the past years, and Mercedez Warbrick, White Rock, BC
Nancy, who has lived with Mom for many years and cared for her most during her brief illness. 

Mom’s memory will be forever cherished. Only recently predeceased by her dear sister Patricia Ray, PA, USA, Mom’s loss is mourned by her sisters Agnes, Hudson, QB, Frances, Edmonton, AB, and Emilia, Montreal, QB and in-laws the Rays, PA, USA, and other family members.  Mom will be greatly missed by her family, grand and great grand-children, her many in-laws, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, former coworkers and many friends. Her thoughtfulness, kindness and humor will be also be greatly missed by the many who loved her. A family reunion is being planned for summer 2016 and a private service will be held for Mom in Kamloops this week. 

Family and friends are invited to send condolences to: 772 Gifford Court, Kamloops BC  V1S 1K4. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC  V2C 2T1

Please feel free to leave a tribute or a story on this site in memory of her. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Hill Anne-Louise on 11th April 2016

"I remember expo 67. The Eld's and lots of other cousins visiting. Martha and her sisters would make sandwiches; pack us each a lunch and we'd be dropped off. It was always fun when Martha and Bert and all my cousins were around.  Sometimes I'd hear things such as, "you boys better listen you'll get married some day and might have daughters" as one of my aunts, usually Martha informed us about a woman's time of the month.  Thank you aunty Martha for the important parts of my education. You were such a good godmother. Love Tom Hill & Anne-Louise & Catherine"

This tribute was added by camie hoang on 9th April 2016

"Martha, you are an incredible woman and I am so honoured to have had the chance to get to know you.  The stories you've told, the life lessons you've taught and the warmth you've expended will always stay with me.  You've always said that it's been a good life, and on my wedding day, you gave us words that encouraged us and started us on a good path... 'If you've lived half the life that I've lived, it will be a good one'.  And what a beautiful life you've lived... we will aspire to it everyday.
Thank you, we will celebrate you always."

This tribute was added by Gale Cherrier on 7th April 2016

"To the Eld family
It is with a heavy heart I send to you my sincere sympathy
My memories go back to Hutchison street
Martha always opened the door to me, and this I will never forget.
With time life will get better. All my love Kitsy xoxo"

This tribute was added by Gale Cherrier on 7th April 2016

"To my cousins.aunts and their family
Loosing the baby of the family Auntie Tuni, and now the Queen Auntie Martha is a great loss for the entire family. I loved the many visits and will miss them.
I'm keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers Xxx"

This tribute was added by Carol Nicholson on 6th April 2016

"What a wonderful memorial you have created for your mom. She was a great lady and a wonderful storyteller. She will be missed. My condolences to the family."

This tribute was added by Michelle & Robert Addison on 6th April 2016

"Martha was a one-of-a-kind woman - with her many stories that she shared and the zest she always had for life - she will be missed.  My favorite memory I will keep of this kind woman was the sound of her giggle - it always made me laugh a little harder when we were sharing a giggle together.  Much love to you all.  Robert, Michelle & Jackson  xxoo"

This tribute was added by Adrian "Mike" Pearce on 6th April 2016

"Martha, we will miss your "joie de vivre" - there was a time when we were trying to herd the pigs at our acreage and you and Bert and Frances had so much fun!
I'll always fondly remember you telling that story and the other stories from your rich life.

Much love,

This tribute was added by Diana Porter on 5th April 2016

"Sending our deepest condolences to all my cousins and their families.  Auntie Martha will be deeply missed but I know she will be happy to be with Uncle Bert once again.
Gary, Diana, Chris, Kristina, Leigh & Simon"

This tribute was added by linda Polley on 5th April 2016

"Martha, you will always be remembered for your many stories, hiking at Mt.Baker when it was so hot and all the open houses we attended.
Rest in Peace Martha!   Love Linda and Gord Polley."

This tribute was added by Sharon Walker on 5th April 2016

"As Terri & Aggie said in their message, this is a beautiful memorial in honor of Auntie Martha. My fondest memories are the long time ago ones when we were very young and had dinner at nanny and grandpa's on Sundays and all the great events when we celebrated weddings or anniversary parties, etc. and the guest lists consisted of mostly family, They were some great parties!   I am sure Martha is very happy now that she is with Burt and the rest of our relatives that have passed. Martha will be missed as are all of my aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins that have left us. My love to all."

This tribute was added by Deborah Maminski on 5th April 2016

"You are my big sister and I have always cherished our friendship. We grew up together, married and had families. Our children were cousins and friends. We have been together through thick and thin. It is with a very heavy heart that we lost Pat such a short time ago and now my sister I say adieu till we meet again. Have a good party with Bert and and give my Danny a kiss for me. Your forever sister Frances."

This tribute was added by Deborah Maminski on 5th April 2016

"My earliest and fondest memories are of the Sundays we spent at our Grandparents with all our Aunts, Uncles and cousins. The family was always warm and welcoming. As I grew older Aunty Martha along with all my aunts and uncles welcomed me and my family with open arms. We were truly blessed to have such a large close family. I'll miss you Aunty Martha...till we met again. May you rest in peace. Deepest sympathy and condolences to my cousins and their families.
Deborah & Richard & Family"

This tribute was added by Susan Hall on 5th April 2016

"Mom, you meant the world to us, such a dear friend and always helpful when needed. You taught us all to be strong and free, independent we are and so grateful to have had you as Mom. I will miss our time together and talks, stories, will be in my heart forever!"

This tribute was added by Carrie Beavington on 5th April 2016

"I'm so sorry to hear of Martha's passing.  Martha was an active member of my Red Hat Chapter, the Vancouver Hollyberrys from January, 2006 when I first attended, until December, 2013 when our Chapter closed. I also knew Martha through the Kitsilano Community Centre where she was an invaluable member of the seniors committee and she often helped prepare the monthly luncheons.  She also offered her help to me in setting up the annual Christmas dinner for the Kitsilano seniors bridge group and cheerfully filled in when we needed a spare as someone's bridge partner.  I made a special trip to Martha's home to see her amazing handiwork - she spent countless hours making doll houses for her granddaughters. They were absolutely incredible and I hope they will be cherished and passed on to each generation by those lucky enough to receive one (sadly I wasn't one of them). It was rather a shock to me when I learned that Martha had moved to Kamloops and I had hoped that she would come for a visit to Vancouver sometime. She was always friendly, approachable and helpful, I will miss her.  Please know that I'm thinking of you in your time of so great a loss."

This tribute was added by Barbara Cherrier on 5th April 2016

"My deepest condolences to all my cousins and thier families. The tears are rolling down my cheeks reading  all these wonderful memoies of my Great auntie Martha and loving  Godmother . Where everyone came down to my Dad's sugar cabin WOW did we all have fun. EVERYONE was there not one of us was missing. Looking foward for the gathering this summer.


Love you forever

Barbara,Sam,& Audrey"

This tribute was added by Tracey Phillip on 5th April 2016

"Our most sincere condolences to Aunt Martha's family. I hope you find some comfort in knowing she loved and was loved, and is now at peace. One  of my fondest memories for our family; Dad, Doug and myself is Kathy and Steve's wedding. Dad had an awesome time (too awesome!) with his adult nieces and nephews and I danced the night away with Karen and Donna. What a great family celebration. God bless xo"

This tribute was added by Jackie Pearce on 5th April 2016

"Although I didn't necessarily know Grandma Eld well, I sure aspire to be much like her,especially as I age.

Grandma Eld was probably the strongest and sharpest senior I ever knew, may her strength and will live on in those she left behind.

I will never be out in nature and not think of her."

This tribute was added by Terri Macfarlane on 5th April 2016

"This is such a beautiful memorial in honour of Auntie Martha.  Thank you all for allowing us to share in so many beautiful photos & memories of a wonderful 'Auntie' and 'Sister' to Aggie.  We both send our love, support, and prayers to all of you.                                                                                     Terri & Aggie"

This tribute was added by Maureen Hill-Tulloch on 5th April 2016

"Sending my deepest condolences to my cousins and their families on the loss of their mother and my aunt. I have wonderful, fond memories of aunty Martha and her family, my cousins, coming and staying with us and when we visited their home. Aunty Martha was larger than life. A smart, passionate women who lead the charge in anything she chose to partake of. Knowledgable, kind and classy. Aunty Martha will be missed. Thank you for being a large part of my life, you were one of a kind. Love Maureen <3"

This tribute was added by Vicki Whiteley on 5th April 2016

"Dear Mom, we wish you a great rest after how hard you fought to stay with us, we cherish the memories of you and now we honour your special place in our hearts. Our love for you is so appreciative of what you brought to our lives and how you shared your wisdom,knowledge and love to make us who we are. You leave a great legacy in all your family. Sweet sorrow is cherished to have known your love and caring...Vicki and Glenn"

This tribute was added by Dana Lesmeister on 4th April 2016

"Janet, Mike, Chris, and Jackie,

Our deepest condolences for the loss of your mother and grandmother.   Our thoughts are with you and the rest of your family during this time

Dana, Julian,  Kirsten, and Joshua"

This tribute was added by Janet Pearce on 4th April 2016

"Mama, thank you for everything, the laughter, the tears, the lessons, the love.I honour your memory. You had a full life with adventures, mischief, and set-backs and you met it with kindness and generosity and intelligence. You shall be missed."

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