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    Armando Di Marco

    Friday, 17 Oct 2014

    Armando Di Marco, beloved husband, father, uncle, nonno and friend passed away after a fulfilling and vibrant life. We will mess his funny stories, great wine and wisdom. Armando immigrated to Canada from Italy in 1957, married his wife Maria and raised his three children, Alba, Dino and Lisa in Merritt. Armando will also be missed by his five grandsons, Christian, Mirko, Nicolas, Dylan and Christopher and daughter-in-law, Lisa. Armando is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, Alfonso and Ernesto, sister Assunta, sisters-in-law Teresa and Lierata, brother-in-law Antonio and may nieces and nephews. During his life in Merritt, Armando touched many lives and had many strong friendships. Prayers will be held on Thursday, October 23, 7:00pm at Sacred Heart Church in Merritt. A celebration of life will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Merritt on Friday, October 24 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers a donation to the BC Lung Association in Armando's memory would be greatly appreciated.

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    Elvira Juliana Johnson

    Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014

    It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Grandmother, aunt, and friend who has gone to be with her Lord and Saviour.
    Elva was born to Carl and Sophia Hillman on a snowy day in March, 1919 on Byrne Rd. in Burnaby, BC. She lived in Burnaby until she met and married the love of her life, Fred Dale Johnson in 1945. They moved to the Caribou where they worked on ranches and in lumber camps. Three children were born to them there, Jack, Lois and Glenn. They moved to Merritt, BC in 1965. Her husband died on Oct. 15, 1979.
    She is predeceased by her mother when she was 2 and her father when she was 18, also her husband Fred, brother Charlie Hillman, and sister Ina Johnson, Lilly Miller and Ellen Jordan.
    Elva's Family meant the world to her, and she poured out her love to all of them. She loved everyone. She often mentioned the great friends she had in her church group in Merritt. Her desire was to live in her own home where she enjoyed growing her flower garden and baking. When she was 90 she went to live with family and died peacefully at home surrounded by family.
    Elva is gone to her Saviour in heaven, her long life on this earth is done. She will always be remembered and never forgotten. This world was a much better place because Mother was a part of it. To live in the hearts of those that are left behind is not to die, but to live on in them. Left to mourn are her children, Jack (Mahnaz), Lois (Mr.Andy) and Glenn (Sue), her grandchildren, Jodi, Mark, John, Pat, Eric, Kelly, Tara and great-grandchildren Elias, Kelti, Kaitlyn and Taylor.
    A service will be held at the Crossroads Community Church in Merritt on Friday October 24th at 1:00pm. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the "Make a Wish Foundation".
    Condolences may be sent to www.mapleridgefuneral.ca

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    Wilma Dixie Gabara (Stewart)

    Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother Wilma Gabara on October 7, 2014. Born in Princeton B.C. Wilma is survived by her husband John of 47years, her 5 children: Lila, Merritt, Rob (Dianne) Smithers, Kathy (Lindey) Prince George, Colleen (Brett) Merritt, John (Leah) Merritt, Oh, and of course her favourite son, (the 4 legged one), Sir Charles, fondly known as Charlie! She leaves behind 16 grandchildren; Bryan, Brandi, Alex, Nicolas, Karmen, Tyler, Monte, Paige, Megan, Sarah, Chaylene, Gage, Brooke, Colton, Sierrie & Cassie, 4 great grandchildren; Jacob, Dallas, Evan & Taylor. She is also survived by her siblings, Dale (Tammy) of Alberta, Bob of Keremeos, Art (Jackie) of Keremeos and Roxane (John) of Alberta plus many nieces, nephews and friends. Wilma served in her community through her work in home support and the Merritt Branch of the Legion. She enjoyed her home and family; always cooking and baking, as well she spent hours in her garden and flower beds. She loved to can and share the fruits of her labour. With all her wisdom and knowledge, she has taught her children many things that will never be forgotten. She cherished her friends and nurtured those relationships, whether going for rides on the back roads, or gathering around a bon fire.
    Wilma leaves a huge hole in the hearts of many and will be sadly missed. A gathering to celebrate her life will happen at a later date.

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    Larre, Francois Henri (Frank)

    Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014

    It is with great sadness that the
    f a m i l y o f F r a n k L a r r e a n n o u n c e s
    his passing on Oct. 7, after a 10
    year battle with kidney disease. He
    is survived by his wife of 30 years,
    Gayle and their children Maria and Francois (Bear), brother Robert (Pat), sisters Louise (Gene) and Bernadette (Tony).
    Born in St. Walburg, Sask, he grew up in a large extended family. His experiments with gunpowder, building rockets and unidentified floating objects shortened the winters for us.
    After brief stops in Saskatoon and Vancouver, Frank and his family moved to Merritt where he was involved various businesses. He was an active member of the Lions as well as the Merritt Astronomical Society and the Walk of Stars.
    A dedicated polymath, his favorite past time was talking. His last 3 years were spent mostly in hospitals, but visits were never dull; visitors left uplifted.
    The family wishes to thank Dr. McLeod, Dr. Connolly, the staff at RIH and the staff at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House.
    A celebration of life will be held at a later date in St. Wallburg.
    Memorial donations may be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House or the Canadian Kidney Foundation.

  • Bernice Sheehan (Gilbert)

    Saturday, 04 Oct 2014

    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bernice Sheehan. Some as of Bernice's earlier years were spent in Merritt. And it is where she met her husband Bernard. Much loved, she will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

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    Marcel Vezina

    Monday, 29 Sep 2014

    Born in Willowbunch, Saskatchewan. Marcel’s mother was Louisanna Lanoie born in St. Charles-de-mandeville, Quebec on February 10, 1901. Marcel’s father was Maurice Vezina born in St. Pierre-les- Becquets, Quebec. Marcel was pre-deceased by his sibblings Raoul Vezina in 2013, Phillippe Vezina in 2004, Simone Finnigan in 2012, Noella L'Heureux in 2009. Also two sons Russel(Rusty) Vezina 2007 and Dany Vezina in 2011.

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    Margaret Helen Negrin (Deboer)

    Friday, 26 Sep 2014

    Margaret Helen Negrin, age
    79, passed away on Friday,
    September 26, 2014, at The
    Heron Grove Care Facility in Vernon, BC. She was born on November 24, 1934 in Minto City, BC to Margaret and James Shields. Prior to her stay at the care home she resided in Merritt, BC.
    Surviving Helen are 5 children, Patrick (Karen), Michael (Anneliese), Deborah (Claude), Cheryl, and Danny (Judy), 13 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Margaret Adams, and her brothers, Jim Shields, George Shields and Herb Adams, and many nephews and nieces.
    Her father, James Shields, her son, “Rocky” Darryl Jay DeBoer, and her second husband Victor Negrin, preceded her in death.
    Helen was a long time resident of the Salmon Arm area where she raised her family on a dairy farm. She was a hardworking homemaker and mother who passed many of her wonderful qualities on to her children. She had a love for gardening, cooking, knitting and reading, and was also very active in sports such as swimming, fishing, golfing, softball and bowling.
    A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, which is located at 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon BC. A tea and social will follow the services.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC, at the service or by mailing to: #307 - 1664 Richter Street, Kelowna BC, V1Y 8N3.

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    Patricia Holte

    Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014

    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved wife, sister, mother, grandma and great-grandma, Pat Houte on Sept. 24, 2014 after a tough battle with cancer.
    She leaves being her husband of 43 years Earl Houte, her only sister Sally Tigert(Earl) her 4 children: Teresa Gentry(Joe), Jim Gillis(Deb), Allan Gillis and Michelle Pinel. Also
    7 grandchildren: Randy and Tyler, Brad, Alysha and Cale, Jeff and Amanda, three much cherished great grandchildren: Halen, Kiley and Blair.
    Mom’s last few weeks were spent in hospice at Coquihalla Gillis House where she received the most excellent care and consideration. We wish to thank the staff for their many kindnesses and gentle care of our mother.
    There will be a memorial celebration of her life on October 2nd, 2014 at 1pm at the Evangelical Free Church (Located next to Rotary Park)

  • Judy (Jean) Engar

    Monday, 15 Sep 2014

    Judy (Jean) Engar
    On September 15, 2014 Mrs. Judy (Jean) Engar passed away peacefully in Merritt, BC at the age of 87 years. She is survived by her loving daughter Dee Arduini (Peter), granddaughter Erinn Crerar (Todd) and great- grandchildren Rory and Nickolas all of Merritt, as well as her step great granddaughter, Chaylene living in Saskatchewan. An extended family lives in Ontario. Judy was predeceased by her parents, husband Gor- don and sister Noeline. She moved to Merritt in 1998 and made new friends getting involved with other seniors, the Better Breathers group, the thrift store and a number of churches. She enjoyed her home and family get togethers, her books and the weekly ladies study group. The family would like to thank the staff at The Florentine, Dr Bester and the doctors and nurses at Nicola Valley Hospital for their support and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNIB or BC Lung Association. A celebration of Judy's life will be held Monday, September 22 at 2pm at The Florentine on 4100 Belshaw Street, Merritt BC.

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    Arnold Miller

    Monday, 15 Sep 2014

    Arnold Miller, 76, died September 15, 2014.
    Arnold was born October 27, 1937 in Vernon, BC to Walter & Ella Miller. After completing his high school education he joined the Armed Forces, serving for twenty-five years with the RCAF in Canada and
    Europe.
    He and his wife Deborah have resided in Merritt
    since 2006. Arnold was a member of the Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church, and the Royal Canadian Legion.
    Arnold is survived by his wife Deborah, his brother Bernie (Maureen) in Manitoba; brother-in- law Sheldon (Myrna); children David, Anne, Paul and Susan; step-children Todd (Susanne), Leanne (Wendell), and Stephen; nephew Jeffrey (Lisa); fifteen grandchildren; two great-nephews.
    A celebration of Arnold’s life will be held at Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church on Saturday, September 20 at 2:00 pm. No flowers by request. Donations in Arnold’s honour can be made to ALS Society of BC, 1233-13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, BC, V6V 2X7