Edith Lois Rafuse

Edith Lois Rafuse joined her angels on Saturday, May 19, 2018. A celebration of her life is planned for Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Garden Hill Funeral Home, 11765 224th St, Maple Ridge.

Edith was born on April 29, 1923 in North Vancouver to Nettie and Albert Giffen as the 6th of 7 children. She married Max Rafuse in 1943.

Edith and Max moved to Haney in 1947, where they raised four children: Elaine Harris, Ray Rafuse, Debbie Markin, and Brenda Wilkes. In 1980, they moved to Deka Lake where they enjoyed hiking, fishing, travel, and friends until they moved back to Maple Ridge in 2004.

Edith was always interested in people and made friends wherever she went. She was an avid dog lover and owned several border collie mixes named Micky until she changed her loyalties to small white fluffy dogs. She was active all her life, and took her dog Ellie walking almost every day. Edith will be remembered for her creativity, compassionate generosity, and gracious spirit.

Edith is survived by her husband of nearly 75 years, Max Rafuse, her four children and their spouses, her grandchildren Jennifer Pew and Roger Harris, granddaughter-in-law Melanie Harris, great-grandchildren Sawyer and Scout Harris, her adopted “daughter” Christa Tomlinson and her husband Gary, along with numerous friends, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the BC SPCA, 10235 Jackson Rd., Maple Ridge, BC V2W 0A9 or the animal shelter of your choice.

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  1. Val & Rick Langis :

    We have lost a wonderful lady who cared about everyone in her world, and there are many. I wiĺl miss those long heartfelt talks and lovely emails. We love and miss you Mama Mia and hope you next journey is filled with loved ones and furry ones xoxo

  2. Susan Livingstone :

    My deepest condolences to the family. I always loved Edith such a sweet wonderful women always had time for everyone. Sadly missed,
    Susan L.

  3. Julie & Mike Hughes :

    Mike & I would like to send our Condolences to you all. We were very honoured to have met Max & Edith & enjoy our times talking. You will be missed Mamamia. RIP until we meet again.

  4. Roger Kocheff :

    Dear Max, Elaine, Ray, Debbie and Brenda:
    I want to express my sincerest heart felt sympathies on Edith’s passing. I am at a loss for words when I try to express home much she made me feel a family member. I will never forget her infectious smile. Her love for her family pets made me feel a special bond. My thoughts are with you all. Roger

  5. Karen Ballard :

    My heart and prayers are with you all:
    Max, Elaine, Ray, Debbie and Brenda.
    My sincere heart felt sympathies on the loss of your loved Mother and wife, Edith. You were a closely knit family so the pain is deep.
    I do know the pain of losing any of our family and there is no one more precious than our parents and soulmate. May you find comfort in knowing we will all be together again with those who have passed on before us. Edith brought love as a gift so that you would know love and carry it forward.
    My thoughts and heart are with you. ♥️

  6. Tammy and Mia :

    She was an amazing lady with a big heart of gold. I’m so appreciative to have met her. What an honour!!! Our prayers for the lifting go out to her family. RIP Edith. The Paisley-Thon family loves you dearly. ❤️

  7. Pat and Don Coones :

    In our thoughts and cherished memories, our loved ones are always with us.
    At such a time words always seem like futile things………..but may you feel the sympathy this heartfelt message brings.

  8. Pat and Don Coones :

    May your sorrow give way to joy as you remember a life well-lived, and may your faith in God help you fine acceptance and peace.
    With deepest condolences, Pat and Don Coones

  9. Maple Ridge Denture Clinic :

    Our heart felt condolences to the Rafuse family. Mrs. Rafuse was a kind, gentle sole – one to be truly missed.

  10. Nicki Darwin :

    To Max and all your family, I am thinking of you all at this very sad time. I am in England so I won’t be able to attend the celebration of life in June but wish you all the best.

  11. Angela Macdonald :

    Her friends at Partners in Health will all miss the sunshine, love of life and extraordinary fashion she shared with us. We will miss her warm caring spirit but know that the world was better with her having been in it.

  12. Tammy Gadsby :

    Sincerest condolences to you and your family, Brenda. May your memories of her help to ease your pain and comfort you.

  13. Gunter and Franziska Rebele :

    We would like to express our condolences to the Rafuse family. Edith was always smiling and had positive comments all around. It was a privilege to know her as a very pleasant neighbour and person.
    Sincerely
    Gunter and Franziska Rebele

  14. Lark Rafuse :

    Dear Max and family .. sending you our condolences . Aunt Edith will be missed… loved her sweet posts on facebook .. always made us smile .
    Thinking of you all ,
    Lark , Gregg & Amber Rafuse

  15. Lorilee McMyn :

    Well, my dear friends…you sure did a great job with your momma-Mia’s celebration today…loved it, LOVE you ALL…will be donating to mommas favourite charity…the SPCA…God Bless you and keep you lifted today, and in the days ahead…

  16. Gloria (Solodki) Yaniw :

    Dear Max, Elaine, Ray, Debbie, and Brenda,
    You all made me feel so welcome during the teenage times that I spent at your house.
    May you find joy in your memories of the well-lived life that your wife and mother enjoyed.

  17. Allen and Rita Nordquist :

    Thinking of all the neat memories we have that go way back to the 50’s. From Maple Ridge, where Allen was her paper boy, to the MRFD, then to our years as neighbours at Deka Lake – especially the early years where we used to go into 100 Mile House to dinner at the Red Coach Inn and take in a movie on weekends. Our weekend away to Prince George when the men went to the Ritchie Brothers Auction and we had the whole of PG shopping to ourselves. Our night walks on the frozen lake where the four of us laid down, made angels and stared at the stars one night. Our years working together at the Fire Dept Bazaars and sales plus the fun we had at Moira’s craft sessions. Our walks to the mailbox with Mickey, Charlie, Nisha and Muckluck, every day that kept us both so slim, healthy and happy. The day she came over to see how the addition to our cabin was coming along and the laughs we had when she hopped in the tub with Charlie. The list goes on and on. Happy times come and go but memories stay forever. So happy to have them. She lived a long and wonderful life. We will miss her and her nightly emails. She is with the angels, free of pain and suffering. Hugs to Max, Debbie, Brenda, Elaine and Ray & families.

  18. To Mr. Rafuse and family,

    I’m sorry for your loss of your your wife, mother and grandmother. I have fond memories going over to the Rafuse’s as child wether it was for eggs, sugar or what ever Grammie (Rita) and Mrs. Rafuse would borrow off of each other. Or her walking her dogs. I was always in awe of her elephant collection and was even more in awe when I found out Papa (Al) was her and Mr. Rafuse’s paper boy. Even though I haven’t seen her for years, she has a special place in my heart.

  19. I would like to send my condolences to Edith’s Family on learning of her passing. I am lost for words as now I also have lost a dear woman in my life. I will miss her, but I will wear my infinity scarf in winters and will fondly remember her and that beautiful upbeat spirit and that radiant smile.

  20. Thank you all for your kind words. Mom was so ready to call it a day all in all. I know she would have loved the celebration and all the love shown to her.

  21. Carol Price :

    I will always remember Edith exactly like the picture you have used……a big smile on her face and holding one of her much-loved animals. She was quite the woman and I admired her strength of character and kindness. Fly with the angels Edith ❤

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