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    Agnes Dunnigan

    Saturday, 29 Mar 2014

    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Agnes Elizabeth Dunnigan (ne Chaplin) of Merritt BC following a courageous journey with caner on March 29th 2014. Agnes was born January 30th, 1945 in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Agnes passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family and close friends.
    Agnes is predeceased by her husband of 42 years Richard Dunnigan, her mother Nancy Chaplin (ne Mitchell) of Wales and her father Gordon Chaplin of the Franklin Islands.
    Agnes married her true love Richard and together they had two children David (Sheila Karolyi) and Susie (Joshua Wiese). Agnes' pride and joy were her four beautiful grandchildren Cassidy, (Dave and Sheila) Madeleine, Calleigh and Finnigan (Susie and Josh). Family and spending time with her grandchildren was Agnes' favourite passtime. Agnes' home was filled with pictures of vacations with the grandchildren and portraits of the family. Agnes was quick to put the needs of her family well before hers, loving unconditionally for her family and friends.
    Agnes and Richard settled in the Nicola Valley and called Merritt their home. Agnes was well known in the community as a teacher, then after taking time off to raise David and Susie, she returned to work in the schools as a special education assistant. Agnes and Richard were proud supporters of the Merritt Centennials, taking in many billets over the years and attending almost every game. Agnes was a member of the Laureate Gamma Psi Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and very active within the local organization. Agnes could usually be found enjoying many long walks in the community she loved dearly or riding her bicycle up town to shop or visit friends.
    Agnes will be deeply missed and always remembered as a loving wife, mother, momma, grandma and good friend to all those who lives were blessed to have known this precious woman.
    A celebration of her life will be held at the Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church located at 1950 Maxwell Avenue in Merritt B.B. on April 5, 2014 at 3 p.m.

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    Buenie Helen Mumford

    Friday, 28 Mar 2014

    Buenie passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, March 28. She was predeceased by her loving husband, John.
    Buenie is survived by her loving children; Bernon and Juli, grandchildren; Lana and Lisa and her great grandchildren; Christy, Kevin, Corey, Megan, Amy, Mathew, Alexander, Noah, Rachel, Rebecca and one great, great grandchild; Charlie as well as the extended family.
    The family would like to express their extreme gratitude to Dr. McLeod and Dr. Edmonds and the medical staff at Gillis House.
    Please join family and friends for a memorial service to be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Saturday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m.

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    Thomas John Kastak

    Saturday, 22 Mar 2014

    Thomas John Kastak of Lower Nicola, BC, aged 82 years passed away peacefully on March 22, 2014. Survived by his loving companion Blanche Bunzenmeyer, sister Joyce Spicher, and daughters Brenda Mork (Bill) and Wendy Lovelle (Rick). Grandchildren Leigh (Jennifer), Lindsey (Lori), Kris (Christa), Adam (Sarah Jane) and great grandchildren Alex, Emma, Brooklyn, Beckhem, Parker and Kaylee, as well as many relatives and friends.
    As a young man, Tom began a long career in Hydro in Thunder Bay, Ontario and then later he moved to BC and worked for BC Hydro in Terrace, Sechelt and Whistler. Retirement brought him to settle in Lower Nicola. Tom enjoyed hunting, gun smithing, travelling and riding his bike. Tom was full of life, his smile and his great sense of humour were contagious and he touched many lives. He will be sadly missed.

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    Ann Margery Mortimer

    Thursday, 20 Mar 2014

    Ann Margery Mortimer (nee Botham), 76, of Merritt, B.C., passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
    Ann was born in Smithers, B.C. on October 20, 1937 to the late Charles and Marion Botham. Ann graduated from Booth Memorial High School in Prince Rupert, B.C. in 1956 and received her Registered Nursing degree from the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing in Victoria B.C. in 1959.
    Ann was a beloved member of the community and enjoyed talking and socializing with people. A strong Christian throughout her life, she started teaching Sunday School at age 14 in the Anglican church, becoming Sunday School superintendent at 16. She also helped start church libraries in various churches; at different times and volunteered as camp nurse at t Bible camp for a couple of summers.
    In Merritt Ann was involved with the Merritt Baptist Church, the Royal Canadian Legion and Old Time Fiddlers, the Valley Visual Artists, and enjoyed lawn bowling. She also helped start an M.S. support group in Merritt.
    Ann was a prolific artist and during her lifetime she produced hundreds of paintings, using the medium of oil paint, water colours and pastels. She was a great admirer of nature and excelled at portraying its beauty in art. An incredibly creative woman, she also knit, created flower cards, and wrote a book of poetry. She was very active outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and getting out on the local lakes around Merritt.
    Ann's main vocation and pleasure was wife and mother, and her children attended numerous music and sports programs. Ann is survived by her husband Melvin Mortimer of Merritt, brother Peter Botham of Kamloops, brother James Botham of Cumberland, four children; Glen Robertson of Saanich, Heather Shram of Saanich, William Robertson Jr. of Saanich, and Sarah Bourque of Saanich. She is also survived by eight grandchildren.

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    Stephen Gary Dalton

    Thursday, 20 Mar 2014

    Stephen Gary Dalton, 57, of Lower Nicola, BC passed away March 20, 2014 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Widely known as Stevo-O, he is pre- deceased by his partner of close to 30 years, Carol Lance and survived by his Mother Evelyn Dalton of PEI, Sister Stella Farrell (nieces Jennifer and Christina, Nephew David), Brother Bill Dalton (Sylvia) (Niece Michelle, Nephew Michael), Sister Jo-Anne Dalton (Niece Krista), Brother Howard Dalton, Brother David Dalton (Nieces Krista and Amanda, Nephew Justin), Nieces Tammy Savinkoff (Cory and family), and Tracy Wilson (Mike and family) He also leaves behind countless friends and other family members.
    Steve-O was a big personality on and off camera. If you met Steve you would never forget him. When he came into the room, you knew it. His fun-loving nature and outgoing personality would fill the room. He made friends throughout his years as a sports video producer where he could be found at hill climbs all around BC and Alberta. He produced a series of favored sledding videos where you can hear his funny anecdotes while he showcased the action on the mountain. Steve-O was always full of ideas and was always so excited to share his new adventures with everyone; he always had something on the go. He was a wealth of information too, anything you needed to know regarding electronics he was your go-to man, always knew the best deal out there.
    In the recent years Steve liked to spend his time camping, gaming, exploring the trails in his Rhino and making new adventures with his family and friends. After Carol's sudden passing Steve realized that life is limited and what he wanted was to have a fun life and make the most of the time he had. Sadly he didn't know just how limited it would be as cancer would take him way too soon. Steve had a full life with no regrets and touched many people. His energy was contagious as he has inspired fun in a lot of us. There will be a celebration of life held April 6, 2014 at the Lower Nicola Hall starting at 1:30 pm. Please join Steve's family and friends to Honor his life share your stories, and celebrate this man who fought to the bitter end but was taken too soon.
    The family would like to thank the nurses and care aides at Gillis House for the wonderful care they provided in his last week. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can please be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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    Vera Remple

    Sunday, 02 Mar 2014

    On Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, Mrs. Vera Mae Remple of Lower NIcola, B.C. was called to be with her Lord at the age of 88 years. Mrs. Remple was pre-deceased by her parents, Norman and Edna Berkeley, her brother Bill, her first husband Lawrence Street, her second husband Willard Remble, her daughter Laureen and son David. She leaves to cherish her memory: her daughter Marva Street of Lower Nicola, sons Morris (Marlene) of Lower Nicola and Jim of Kamloops, as well as numerous grand and great grandchildren. Vera loved gardening, crossword puzzles and painting. MOst family members and many friends have samples of her art. She also enjoys communicating with her "Pen Pals". Her faith in her Lord was most important to her, as were her friendships with her church family. Pastor Jim Potter will conduct a service of Prayer and Celebration in Crossroads Community Church on Friday, March 14th at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Pine Ridge Cemetery prior to the service. Condolences may be expressed at merrittfuneralchapel.com. Service arrangements are entrusted to the Merritt Funeral Chapel, 250-378-2141.

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    Mederic J. Major

    Friday, 28 Feb 2014

    Major, Mederic J Passed peacefully into the presence of Jesus following a lengthy battle with complications from diabetes. Loving husband to Denise, father to Nicole (Darren) and Mederic (Debra), grandfather to Geoffrey, Jonathan, Tanner, Perry and Conner. Memorial Service will be held at Crossroads Community Church 2990 Voght Street, Merritt BC at 11:00 am, March 22, 2014

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    Anne Hopkins

    Sunday, 23 Feb 2014

    On February 23, 2014,
    Anne Hopkins passed away peacefully at Chilliwack at the age of 80 years. Survived by her loving two daughters, Deberah and Sandra, of Kitimat; two sons, Richard of Abbotsford and Kory of San Jose, California; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. There will be no funeral service as per Anne’s request.

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    Marie Lucie Cecile St. John

    Friday, 21 Feb 2014

    It is with sadness that we tell that Marie Lucie Cecile St. John passed away Feb. 21 at the age of 82. She will be sorrowfully missed by her daughters; Marie Parent, Janet Creighton and Jill Koval, their husbands, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her cat Lily.
    She is predeceased by her husband Andrew Charles St. John.
    Our parents moved to Merritt over 25 years ago. They made a comfortable home for themselves and enjoyed friendships with their neighbours and co-workers.
    Thank you to everyone for your kindness and support.

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    Elsie Graboski

    Thursday, 13 Feb 2014

    Elsie Graboski passed away peacefully at Gilis/Coquihalla House on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the age of 84. She was predeceased by her husband Nick in October 1979. Nick and Elsie moved to Merritt from Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba with their children Ron (of Rocky Mtn. House, AB) and Dorothy (of Merritt, BC) in 1956. Both were very active in the community and enjoyed curling and golf.
    Elsie is survived by her son Ronald, and her daughter Dorothy, her grandchildren Corrie, Steven and Richard and her great grandchildren, Dante, Taylor and Colten who loved her dearly and will miss her deeply. At Elsie’s request there will be no memorial service. The family request that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Cancer Society of Canada.
    The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the Kamloops Cancer Clinic, Dr. & Mrs. Smit and the wonderful and caring staff of Gillis/Coquihalla House who's constant care and attention did not go unnoticed. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.