Isabelle Steed

 Wilmot and Isabelle Steed, c.1930s

Wilmot and Isabelle Steed, c.1930s

Dates: b. Brockville, Ontario, 1872 d. Revelstoke, 2 September 1922

Cemetery Location: Block C, Row 6, Plot 23

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On 2 September 1922, a party of six Revelstoke locals was driving to Penticton to spend Labour Day, when their car careered over an embankment into Summit Lake, 14 kilometers west of Revelstoke. The vehicle immediately sank, drowning Mrs. Isabelle Steed and Miss Lister; witnesses to the accident rescued the other four. Specialist divers from Victoria were brought in to recover the bodies, but Miss Lister’s body was never found.

The fatal accident was the first to occur on the newly opened Revelstoke-Okanagan Auto Road (officially opened 17 August 1922). The road marked a new era for the town; previously only accessible by rail.

At the time of her death, Isabelle Steed was 50 years old and had been a resident of Revelstoke since 1897. According to her obituary, she was a member of the Presbyterian Church and well loved by a large circle of friends.  She left behind her husband and two children.