Eleanor Clark was born in Winnipeg in 1917 and served in the Canadian Navy in Halifax during World War II. She moved to Vancouver, B.C. in her early twenties where she took up a career in floristry. Her interest in flowers, plants and gardening remained with her all her life. When she was 94 she taught flower arranging to the local Girl Guide group.
Eleanor married and moved to Victoria, B.C. where she pursued her interest in antique furniture; she also enjoyed restoring houses and selling them. She always had cats around her house. The last cat she had, named Milo, was her constant companion.
In her later years she moved to the Okanagan and then, finally, to Salmon Arm. In the last few years Eleanor looked after Guinea pigs and the occasional visiting cat at her care home. Her room reflected her love for cats with figures, quilts and blankets along with her picture of Milo, of course.
Eleanor lived to within a month of her 100th Birthday. Her kindness and love for animals will live on through her estate gift to the BC SPCA. Thank you, Eleanor!