January 9, 1929 ~ July 21, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our good friend Nell. She passed away after a courageous battle with lung Cancer, leaving behind her daughter, Marlene McRae, grand daughter Minda Williams and great grand daughter Tanisha. Her brother Bill and sister Dora, niece Shirley Nybohm and her daughter Chrissy Bellamy as well as nephew Brian Goodick. There are so many more nieces and nephews I can’t list them all.Nellie was predeceased by her husband Don, beloved son Ronnie, brothers Peter, Paul,Maurice and Rudolph. Sisters Anne, Pauline,Olga,Stella, Mary and Ruth.
Nellie will be greatly missed by her honorary BC family, Ervin and Randy Lofstrom, Randy’s wife Tammy and children Kayla and Tiana, who knew her as Nana. Many Islanders, but especially Stella, Marcella, Kalvin and Jeanette and their children Derrek and Tara. Her close Washington friends Nat and Georgia as well. I could really go on forever she was loved by so many.
Nellie left Thunder Bay at the tender age of 16, having many adventures along the way and finally settling down in Vancouver. She loved to travel, cheered avidly for the Vancouver Canucks, played in a bowling league and enjoyed Expo ‘86 to the fullest. Nellie loved her daily walks, gardening and often read into the night. She was the kind of person who touched even complete strangers deep in the heart. Nellie was a very hard worker, generous with her time and always volunteering. Nell was a down to earth person and never one to hold back her words. When Nellie lost her best bud, Rosie in November of 2011 she was never quite the same. It is with some relief to know that they are together again.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Campbell River as per her request on Saturday August 6th, commencing at 275 Stratford Drive at noon, where we will drive to a special spot on the beach for the spreading of Nellie’s ashes and then back to Stratford Drive for a sharing of memories and a celebration. We may hold a tea in September for those of you that find it difficult to get to Campbell River. Nellie, your pain is gone, may you rest in peace.
May you find peace and comfort in memories. With deepest sympathy. Natalie Burden
Sincere sympathies to Aunti Nellie’s family and close friends who were her 2nd family. She spoke very fondly of you. I will miss her fun ways & out-spokenness. May God be your comfort & strength in the coming months.
All our love forever Auntie Nellie. You were the most incredibly kind, beautiful lady. I have wonderful memories of you dancing the night away at our wedding. I will carry them with me always. I will cherish forever the cards and photos we shared. You will always be in my heart. I know that my Dad, your nephew, was there waiting for you. Thank you for everything Auntie Nellie. We will love you and miss you forever, as I know so many will. All our love always to all the family. XOXO.
Tamara, Ryan, Autumn, & James.