According to an announcement in the North Thompson Clearwater Times,

Lois V. Moss came to Birch Island to teach school in 1944 as Virginia Morry. She met and married Geordie Moss in 1947. Except for a short time in the early 1950s, they raised their family and resided on Canyon Creek Ranch in Birch Island in the North Thompson area of B.C., near Kamloops. She was involved in most community activities and self-published a three-volume local history that concentrated on the white settler families of the area (including Archibald, Bennett, Davison, Dee, De Witt, Dixon, Downey, Feddersen, Foote, Glover, Helsets, Hunsbedt, Irvine, Johnston, Ludtke, MacLennan, McCracken). Few copies are now available for sale anywhere, via Abebooks. "I Love the Ranch as I loved the Rancher," she wrote, "and I cannot now imagine any life that would be better than this one I've lived in the North Thompson Valley, with my family and the company of good friends."

Virginia (Lois) Moss died at Birch Island, B.C. on Oct. 4, 2004. She was born in on July 26, 1925 in Victoria to Jessie Darling Morry (d. 1998) and William Sweetland Morry (d. 1952). She was predeceased by her husband Geordie (d. 1994), her sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Sam Couthard (d. 1999), and her son Dennis (d. 2004). Lois was survived by her son Danny (Marilynn), daughter-in-law Linda, grandchildren Curtis, Michael, Kelly and Bobbi (Richard), brothers Bill (Jean) Morry and Mike (Val) Morry. A memorial service was held at Moss's Pond on Canyon Creek Ranch, 1552 McCracken Road, Birch Island on October 10, 2004.

Author of:

A Brief History of Birch Island and the Birch Island W.I. The Institute, 1971.

Memories on the Home Trail, Volumes One, Two & Three (Kamloops: Yellowhead Publishing Ltd., 1980)

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