EUNICE MARY SCHWARZ (NORTHOVER)
June 28, 1927 — March 6, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Eunice on March 6, 2018 at the Central Okanagan Hospice House in Kelowna. A woman of character, kindness and grace, Eunice grew up in pre-WW II England in the coastal town of Grimsby. She excelled in mathematics and received numerous prestigious scholarships to pursue her education, finally settling on Cambridge University (Newnham College). At Cambridge she met her first husband, Francis (Frank) Northover. After receiving her MA in Mathematics in 1947, they married in 1948. Frank’s career took them to Dundee, Liverpool, Boston, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Santa Barbara, and Carleton University in Ottawa, where Frank enjoyed a long teaching career. They shared a passion for mathematics, music, and of course their five children. In 1967, Eunice began teaching mathematics at Ridgemont High School in Ottawa, retiring in 1989. Divorced in 1972, she and Frank remained caring parents and later, devoted grandparents.
Eunice loved Cambridge. However, until 1948, women graduates were only granted a title to a university degree. In 1998, she and other proud women of her era were invited back to Cambridge to officially graduate and take their rightful place beside men in a historical graduation ceremony that granted them the full rights and privileges to the Cambridge University degree. It was an extremely proud moment in her life that was shared with her family on both sides of the ocean.
In 2001, Eunice re-connected with Gordon Schwarz, whom she grew up with in the early Grimsby years, and they married on December 14, 2002 at McPhail Baptist Church in Ottawa. They shared some of their happiest times together in Wellington, New Zealand and visiting friends and family around the globe, eventually settling in Kelowna in 2006. Eunice was pre-deceased by her brother Eddie, sister Ruth, and former husband Frank. She will be missed by her devoted husband Gordon, children Janet (Tony), Sally (Jim), Hazel (Craig), Philip, Stephen (Anita); grandchildren Michael, Jenny, Alex, Andrea (Shaun), Valerie, Christina, Mark (Vanessa), Yvonne (Owen), Shaun, Dean, Joanna (Graeme) and Kevin; great-grandchildren Xavi, Zola, Jaxen, Luke, Zoey as well as nieces, nephews and close friends.
Guided always by her faith in the Lord, Eunice was a role model for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and students. Well done, thou good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:23)
The family wishes to thank those at Kelowna General Hospital and Central Okanagan Hospice House for their care in her final days. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 pm at St. Michael and All Angels Cathedral, 608 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC. A reception to celebrate Eunice’s life will be held from at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday April 14 at Capital Funeral Home and Cemetery, 3700 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, ON. Private family interment.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com 250-806-7077. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC http://alzheimer.ca/en/bc would be appreciated.