Veronica Mavis DeRousie

Born February 10, 1939 in Victoria, British Columbia to Harry and Doris (McMillan) Ashworth, and passed away peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital on October 15, 2021 in Victoria, BC.

Veronica is survived by her three daughters Debbie DeRousie, Barb DeRousie and Dawn (Dan) DeRousie; her four grandchildren Michael Hansen, Alicia and Tanya DeRousie, and Justin Taylor; her great grandchildren, Bella and Mia DeRousie; her brothers John (Frieda) Ashworth, Russ (Ellen) Ashworth, Alec (Nancy) Smith, and sisters Yvonne (Lorne) Arthur and Aleta (Greg) Hansen; her nieces and nephews Ronda, Linda, Rita, Karen, Stephen, Sheryl, Derek, Wendy, Jeffrey and Kevin; and her long-time friends Carolyn Black and Debbie Duncan.

Veronica lived in Victoria until she was married in 1957 when she joined her husband to live on several light stations on the Westcoast of Vancouver Island. She recounts “Life on the lights was different and challenging at times, but [she] loved living off the bounty of the land and sea.”

Veronica loved to cook and bake, and the workmen who came to the light stations were spoiled with her fresh-baked bread, pastries and donuts! This remained her passion over the years, and even right up until she was hospitalized, she enjoyed her craft. She was known for her rich and flakey pastry for pies, served with none other than home-made ice cream—yummo!

Veronica was strong-willed, yet could be so funny, and could have everyone in stitches with laughter! She will be missed and remembered for these good times. May her spirit live on in the presence of her predeceased siblings, “Wally,” Marlene and Bernard.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the future, date to be announced.

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  1. Kathy and Bill Gilchrist

    To Barb, Carolyn and Alicia whom we know and to all the rest of Veronica’s family we send our sincere condolences for the loss of your Mom and Grandmother. May you find Peace in gathering together and remembering the good times and the gifts you received from her.

  2. Marjorie Fenwick

    My thoughts are with the family.
    And my dear friend Barb sending you big Hugs.
    Keep her memories close in your heart.

  3. Dear Barb and family. Thinking of you in the loss of Veronica.
    She was obviously a strong and courageous woman .May you all experience her inheritance to you of strength and courage at this time.

  4. Dear Barb, our thoughts are with you and your sisters and of course the entire extended family that Veronica, your beloved mother, gathered over her years to the benefit of those she touched by the sounds of her many qualities. May time wrap its healing arms around you all, Bob & Jodi Dyrda

  5. Dear Barb. I am so sorry for your loss. Be assured that your Mom will always be in your heart. She will come to you in your quiet moments and bring you joy and peace with your memories. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time XX OO

  6. Barb, we are thinking of you and the family.
    Much love
    Jan and Dave

  7. Barb, we are thinking of you and the family.
    Much love
    Jan and Dave

  8. Dearest Barb and family, my sincerest condolences to the whole family in the loss of your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, in-law. Veronica was so well cared for by all her family. Everyone doing what they could, when they could, how they could, to ensure she was safe and cared for. You were all the “village” that came together it difficult times. It was a true honor and I am so thankful to have known Veronica. She will be missed and always in my heart.

  9. May the sadness that you are all feeling now in time be replaced with the fond happy memories.
    Big hugs.
    Love Maureen

  10. Hi Deb Barb and Dawn. So sorry to here about your mom. I haven’t seen her since you guys were just kids.

  11. Hi Deb Barb and Dawn. So sorry to here about your mom. I haven’t seen her since you guys were just kids.

    • Thank you so much for reaching out at this time Jim. In her many recounted stories of the days living on the lightstations, you, Karen, Rock Bay logging camp are among the memories. Bxo

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