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    Donald Moyes

    Monday, 18 May 2015

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Don Moyes on Monday, May 18 at Gillis House, surrounded by family and friends.
    He leaves behind his loving sister, Agnes Moyes, brother Bill Moyes and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Don is predeceased by his father and mother James & Anne, sisters; Helen, Mary & Robina and brothers; John & James.
    Don was the Fire Chief for many years in Merritt, a job he really loved. He was also honoured to be a member of the RCMP Auxiliary for many years. As well, he was a member of the Elks Club and Royal Canadian Legion.
    Service to be held Saturday, May 23 at 1 pm at the Crossroads Community Church.
    No flowers by request, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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    Gordon Douglas (Doug) Sanderson

    Saturday, 09 May 2015

    Doug passed away peacefully on May 9, 2015 with Loretta, his daughters and family by his side. Doug will be greatly missed by his wife Loretta; his daughters Brenda (Alex) , Deannie (Curt), Bonnie (Jorge); 3 grand children Shannon (Stephen), Morgan, Sarah; great grand children Reylen, Taylor and Alexandra;
    his brother Les, sister Corey Ann and extended family Ray (Ermadell), Rick (Janeth), Karen (Ray), Debra (Chris), Cheryll (Doug). Doug is predeceased by his brother Don and his parents Ed and Kathleen
    Doug was born January 24, 1935 in Cranbrook and had three daughters with his wife of 28 years Anita Katherine who passed away in 1984. He lived in Gibsons, BC for many years and worked in the Howe Sound Pulp Mill. After retirement from the mill, Doug moved to Merritt where he met Loretta. Doug enjoyed floor curling, cards, Court Whist and Ramoli. He held a position of President and Director of the local Seniors organization. Doug and Loretta enjoyed going fishing, camping in their motorhome at Harmon Lake and they had a great time for many years going to the Merritt Music Festival. They enjoyed their Friday dinner outtings and Sunday breakfasts at the Grand with friends. Doug had a great love for his dogs, who always put a smile on his face when they were near him.
    Thanks to all the doctors, nurses and health care professionals who assisted with Doug’s care. A special thanks to all the staff at Gillis House, who not only treated Doug with kindness and compassion but gave him and his family extraordinary care over the last weeks of his life.
    A service and celebration of life will be held on Saturday May 30th, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Trinity United Church, located at 1899 Quilchena Avenue, in Merritt BC. It will be followed by refreshments in the hall adjoining the church. Online condolences can be made at www.merrittfuneralchapel. com. Another celebration of life will be held in Gibsons, BC at a future date.
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the following organizations in honour of Gordon Douglas Sanderson: BC Cancer Society; Gillis House, Merritt, BC or BC SPCA.

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    William Don Kingshott

    Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015

    Don passed away peacefully at the
    Kelowna Hospice house
    on April 29, 2015 after a
    long battle with cancer.
    He is survived by his loving
    wife Shirley; children,
    Dave Westfall (Sheila
    McGill), Steve Westfall
    and Kevin Westfall (Cathy
    Hansen); grandchildren,
    Matt Westfall, Lindsey
    Westfall, Ryan Westfall, Mike Hansen and Caitlin Hansen; sisters, Pearl Woodward, and Joy Hill; brother George Kingshott and many other extended family and friends. No service by request. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com

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    William (Bill) Palagain

    Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015

    William (Bill) Palagain, long time resident of Merritt, BC, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2015 at the age of 90.
    Bill was born on December 23, 1924, in Endeavour, SK, to Mike and Dora Palaghian.
    Bill served in World War II and once discharged made his way to Merritt. He worked for many years with Pooley Brothers Construction. Bill was heavily involved in the community, doing volunteer work for the Royal Canadian Legion and the Merritt Seniors. He worked with the Merritt Centennials hockey team in the early years and rarely missed a game.
    Bill enjoyed travelling, going to Russia for the Canada-Russia hockey series in 1974, trips to Australia and New Zealand, England and Scotland. Bill and Marg travelled all over Canada in their various campers and belonged to the Good Sams.
    Bill is survived by his wife, Margaret Ann (nee Cline); his son, Bill, wife Kathy (nee Stewart), and grandsons, Morgan and Lincoln of St. Albert, AB; daughter Sharon, partner Jeff Uber, of Burnaby, BC; and daughter Delores, husband Dan Flundra, and grandchildren Dwight and Alyssa of Fort St. John. He is also survived by his brother Ted Palagian of Canora, SK; and sisters Agnes Clemetson of Quesnel; and Vera Zillman of Calgary, AB; many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Nick Palagian of Campbell River, BC; and sisters Helen Melnychuk of Quesnel, BC; Mary Egesz of Winnipeg, MB; and Margaret Roller of Los Angeles, CA.
    The family would like to thank the staff of the Merritt hospital, Gillis House, and Dr Van Der Merwe for their great care of Bill.
    A celebration of life will be held at the Merritt Senior Centre on June 6, 2015, time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Ostomy Canada Society.
    On-line condolences may be expressed at www.MerrittFuneralChapel.com

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    Mary Drefs (Little Mary)

    Sunday, 26 Apr 2015

    It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Mary Drefs announce that she passed away peacefully at 8:45am, Sunday April 26, 2015 at the age of 98.
    She is survived by two sisters, Helen McLean and Elizabeth (Betty) Hawthorne and many nieces & nephews and relatives as well as many friends.
    She is predeceased by her partner
    James (Skipper) Lewis and siblings Paul, Karl, Rudolph, William (Bill), Fredrick (Fred), Emil, Eugenia (Jean), and Elsie.
    Mary was born in Maple Creek Saskatchewan on May 16, 1916. She worked for the Army in her younger years and moved to Merritt in the fifties where she worked at the Whittaker Ranch. She loved art and had painted at one point in her life.
    Mary was one of the sweetest people we knew (her nicknames were “Sweet Mary” or “Little Mary”) who was always interested in what you had to say. She was a great listener and wanted to learn about all the new things that were being invented and how they worked. You were never bored in her company as she had a great gift of talking and was able to draw people out. She spent a lot of time reading scriptures. She loved children and wanted to be around them. She loved family gatherings and enjoyed all kinds of food including hot chili. Her latest fondness was Ice Caps from Tim Hortens. She was interested in trying new foods and drinks and participated in parties and was a great sport and allowed us to provide Halloween Costumes for her. She enjoyed routine and loved gardening and all kinds of flowers.
    She liked to be teased and had a quick wit. She had a great zest for life and told us to get out and travel while you are young enough to do so. Don’t wait. After each trip she wanted to see pictures and share the adventure.
    Mary was a collector of things and was never bored with life. She always told me that she didn’t understand why people gave up so soon when there was so much to do.
    Family and friends would like to thank Dr. Smit and the wonderful staff at Nicola Meadows and Coquihalla House for all the support and care they gave to Mary during her stay.
    We will miss Mary and her sweet ways and are grateful for the long life she had and all the memories and love she gave us.
    A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10 am at St Michaels Anglican Church at 1990 Chapman Street in Merritt, B.C. with Pastor Gordon Heselton officiating.
    Interment to follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Merritt, B.C. A tea will be held at the Church Hall after the service. If you do not wish to go to the Cemetery the Church Hall
    will be available immediately after the service.
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Coquihalla House.
    Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, Kamloops BC (250) 554 2429
    Condolences may be left at www.firstmemorialkamloops.com

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    Keith Newton Brown

    Thursday, 23 Apr 2015

    Back home and done my final ride
    Never forgotten by those who loved him
    No service requested by Keith
    The family would like to thank Coquihalla Gillis staff for the wonderful care.

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    Helen (Sue) MacKay-Smith (Hatfield)

    Friday, 10 Apr 2015

    Helen (Sue) Mackay-Smith (Hatfield), 87, of Merritt / Penticton, passed away peacefully, April
    10, 2015 of complications with cancer.
    Helen was born in North Vancouver, April 3, 1928 to Lee and Grace Hatfield. She graduated from North Van High and later attended UBC and received a degree in Home Economics. She married and later divorced Robert (Bob) Mackay-Smith.
    Helen lived in many parts of the world including California, New York and Germany but lived most of her life in Summerland and Penticton BC. She will be remembered as a political activist who dedicated her life to social justice work both through her career as an educator and also through her work with the Anglican Church of Canada. Her most recent passion was around the Grandmother’s for Africa and the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Sue was instrumental in organizing the Penticton group.
    Sue spent her years of retirement travelling the world for social justice work, education and pleasure and will be greatly missed by her Okanagan and Merritt families.
    She is survived by her son Alan (Karen); Grandchildren Matthew (Nicole), Kelsey, Amelia (Chad); sister Reta Coates.
    In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Stephen Lewis foundation.
    A celebration of Sue’s life will take place in Merritt on May 8th at 2:00PM with a memorial tea at St Michael’s Anglican Church and on May 9th at 2:00PM at the Naramata Community Church, 3rd & Robinson in Naramata.

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    Roy Robert Shumard

    Thursday, 09 Apr 2015

    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our son, husband, brother, uncle and great friend on Thursday April 9, 2015 due to a tragic accident getting ready to do something he loved. Roy will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 10 years Jaime and children Dallas, Dakota and Xni, father and mother Art and Carleen Shumard, sister Kareena (Paul), nephew Tyler and neice Dani and too many friends and family to name.
    Roy was born in Merritt and made his life in Merritt, touching many along his way. He worked 15 years at Tolko Mill and enjoyed quadding, fishing, camping, watching sports and hunting. Roy enjoyed time with his family and friends and loved to tease and joke around.
    A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.
    In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society as it was a cause close to his heart as it effected those close to him.

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    Linda Marlene Gropp

    Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015

    Mom passed away on April 8th, with her husband Karl, and children Cheryl and Steve, by her side.
    Linda was born in Lethbridge, AB and raised in Radium Hot Springs, BC, where she met her husband of 45 years. She and Karl ventured west in hopes of a new life and settled into the Nicola Valley in1976. As a long time resident of Merritt, Mom busied herself with the activities and lifestyle that Merritt had to offer. She volunteered many hours to her children’s schools and sports, and is most fondly remembered for the meals offered to any that arrived at her table. Linda made lifelong friendships through coaching and leadership, Beta Sigma Phi, bowling, slo pitch, and her love of golf. She showed great relief in spending her final days with the family she grew to love at Gillis House, where she worked for more than 20 years as a Long Term Care Aide.
    Linda was predeceased by her Father, Henry Ell, and sister, Norma. She is survived by her husband Karl, children Cheryl (Jeff) and Steve (Michelle), and grandchildren Cameron, Kole, Evin and Gabe, as well as her Mother, Lillian, brother, Dale and nieces and nephews.
    In lieu of cards and flowers, donations in Linda’s name can be made to Gillis House Palliative Care suite. Mom did not want a funeral. Please join us in an open house Celebration of Life on Sunday, May 3, at the Merritt Seniors Center. “Tea with Linda” will be served from 12:00-2:00.

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    Russell Steven Turchak

    Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015

    It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my dad (Gramps "T").
    He passed away suddenly but peacefully in his sleep. Thanks to the alert from the nursing staff at Gillis House. I was able to be by my dad's side one last time. With his amazing knowledge and carpentry skills, he is without a doubt, in god's "Workshop" doing what he loved to do. I am left to treasure the memories we made over the years. Playing BINGO and having lunches together at Nicola Meadows and just hanging together, shootin the breeze. Going to town for a coffee, greeting people and pets along the way. We are going to miss you dad at the dinner table. He lived a long and happy life arid touched many along the way. He leaves behind: Steve Turchak (Melda), Karen McDonald (Russell). Grand Kids, Cody (Devin), Shane, Jord (Amy) Danika, Colby, Jarrett and Tanner.
    Love you to the Moon and Back Dad.
    Shelly, Laurier, Kyle & Aaron Montreuil xoxo
    A celebration of life to be announced at a later date.