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    Johannes Post

    Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014

    Johannes Post
    October 10, 1935 - July 22, 2014
    It is with immense sorrow we announce the passing of Johannes Post on July 22, 2014.
    Born in Assen, Holland on October 10, 1935. Johannes, known by many as Joe, moved
    with his family to Merritt in June 1950 where he later met and married the love of his life – Stella Mae Abel in 1955.
    Johannes Post Trucking, Post Cattle Company and Electoral Area Director of the TNRD were just a few of Joe’s career accomplishments. His most important (and favourite) titles, though, were that of Husband, Dad, Grandpa/Papa, Great Grandpa, Son, Brother and Uncle. Joe was a devoted, loyal husband and gentle, loving father and grandfather. Johannes is survived by his wife and lifelong partner Stella of 59 years, his three children Randy Post (Lori) of Strathmore, AB, Dianne Post (Polo) of Merritt and Lisa Eastwood of Strathmore, AB. He is also survived by his five grandchildren; Miranda (Steve), Jason, Chris (Kendra), Dustin (Megan) and Quinn; three great grandchildren Jake, Johannes and Rhyan and siblings: Henny Stonehouse, Anne Hart and Dick Post.
    Johannes leaves to his family and all who knew him a legacy of strength, determination, compassion, humour and a roll-up- your-sleeves-and-get-it-done work ethic. His wide smile, warm laugh and ability to make anyone feel welcome were qualities that made many call him a valued friend, coworker and member of the community. Joe was an anchor to his family, a pioneer in the local logging industry, a great neighbour. He will be deeply missed.
    The Post family would like to thank everyone for their support and love in the past couple of years, especially the staff of Coquihalla Gillis House, the Merritt Hospital and family GP Doctor Smit.
    Life Celebration Memorial Service, July 29, 2014 @ 2:00 pm, Merritt Civic Centre. On-line condolences may be expressed at www.merrittfuneralchapel.com. Service arrangements entrusted to Merritt Funeral Chapel (250) 378-2141.

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    Ted Calder Taylor

    Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014

    Ted Calder Taylor
    November 26, 1923 – July 16, 2014
    It is with sadness that we go forward into a world of which Theodore (Ted) Calder Taylor is no longer a part, but with great joy that we possess the memory of him and the knowledge that he is happily reunited with long-missed family and friends.
    Ted became a certified watchmaker and opened Taylor’s Jewellery upon moving to Merritt in 1957 where he enjoyed serving Merritt and outlying areas until his retirement in 1988. An integral member of his community, Ted was active in the Lion’s Club and Legion and sat as chairman of the hospital board when the new facility was built. Selling poppies, flipping pancakes, calling bingo on Merritt’s local station (“clickity-click sixty-six”) and picking up garbage in the downtown core – all in a day’s work for a gentle, happy soul who loved his town.
    Ted is survived by his wife Lonie, his children Wendy (Darcy) and Jay (Debra), his grandchildren Jamie (Jason), Dylan (Megan), Carly (Gage), Ashlee and Dallas, his sister Louise, his nieces Margaret, Elaine (Rob), Barb (Vic) and Diane, and nephews Brian (Phyllis) and Bobby.
    Ted has been known by a few different titles in Merritt due to his involvement in organizations and community events, but none are dearer to his family than the following: Dad, Grandad, Grandpa, Teddy, Ted C. Taylor and Yes Ted. The first three are self-explanatory, of course, but the latter three should be defined.
    “Teddy”: A name he was often called by close friends, especially if they were telling humorous stories about the past. As his family it brings to mind Ted’s playfulness. The stories were never as entertaining as the teller when Ted would get the giggles while trying to get something out to everyone. Tears would stream down his reddened face while he gasped at air attempting to finish the story.
    ”Ted C. Taylor”: Usually the name on mail. Prior to her passing, Ted’s sister Lorraine recounted how excited she would get as a little girl when mail showed up with that name on it after Ted left home to find work in the Interior because it meant a little extra money for the family. Lorraine held a special place in Ted’s heart and he lit up watching her enjoy telling the story over 50 years later. He lit up because his sister was having fun and it brought Ted great pleasure to witness others bask in the light. He also lit up because Ted felt a great sense of duty to his family, friends and community, so the confirmation that he helped lighten the load of others was appreciated.
    “Yes Ted”: Ted’s wife, Lonie, surprised him with a personalized license plate that read “Yes Ted” because it was joked that she thought that was his name. But while Lonie supported and stood by Ted for 64 years, “Yes Ted” did not emerge due to her obediently taking orders as the name could imply. Lonie spent the better part of a century saying “Yes Ted” because while at home working on a task Ted would frequently stop what he was doing to make the rounds of the house to check on everyone and see if anything was needed, so several times a day one would hear Ted say, “You OK Shoog?” (short for “sugar”) to which Lonie would reply, “Yes Ted.” Never could a man genuinely make people feel so cherished.
    Thank you Merritt for filling Ted’s heart with purpose since he moved here in 1957. Many dinners went cold but he was always happy to lend his time to make a positive impact on his community and help a friend. He was an amazing role model to his children and grandchildren, a wise word to his siblings, and a loving husband to his “Shoog.”
    Ted’s service will be held Sunday, July 27th - 1pm at the Legion.

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    Brenda Marlene Larson

    Sunday, 13 Jul 2014

    Brenda Marlene LARSON
    Just nine days after the love of her life Jerry passed, it is with profound sadness that we
    announce the passing of Brenda Marlene Larson. June 18, 1936 to July 13, 2014.
    Brenda was a beloved wife, mother, grama, sister, uma, aunty, cousin, sister-in-law, hostess with the mostest and friend.
    She is survived by her two daughters, Cathy Magnus (Dwight) and Cindy Larson and her family that she nurtured and loved.
    Brenda was a strong and confident woman. Her husband Jerry may have been the concept man, but Brenda got it done. Brenda could always be counted on to fix a favourite snack, remember a birthday and anticipate your needs even before you knew what you needed.
    It gives her family peace to know that she is reunited with her husband and that they are smiling down on us from heaven.
    Brenda was honoured along with her husband Jerry at a celebration of life on July 14, 2014.
    Our family would like to thank Coquihalla Gillis House for taking such beautiful care of Brenda for the past 3.5 years. We will never forget how kind you all were to her.
    The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Brenda’s honour to Coquihalla Gillis House.

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    Yvonne M. Gurka

    Saturday, 12 Jul 2014

    Yvonne lived a life filled with faith, love and celebrations. God, family, work and friends.
    Forever loved, forever missed and forever in our hearts.
    Yvonne is survived by her husband Walter, eight children Debbie, Wanda, Leilani (Mike), Tiama, Kelly (Arlene), Robert (Brenda), Wanda (Bruce) Michael (Theresa), her mother Sally, sister Shirley (Glen), brother Pete (Pat) and all their families. She is also survived by her 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
    Yvonne is pre-deceased by her father Peter Henchen.
    A celebration of her life will be held Monday, July 21st at 2:00 pm at the Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church 1950 Maxwell Ave, Merritt BC.
    In lieu of flowers donations are to be made to the Children’s Hospital by Yvonne’s request.

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    Dolly Voght

    Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014

    Dolly Voght
    July 9, 2014
    On 09 July 2014 Dolly Voght passed away at Coquihalla Gillies at 85 years old. Dolly is predeceased by Husband - Richard, Daughters - Dorothy Sandra and Joanne. Son-in-law Bill Brown. Brothers and Sisters - Christine, Minnie, Tilly, William 3rd, Tim, Theresa, Freddy, Celia, Sophia, James, Elizabreth, Willy, and Shep (Joseph) Voght.
    Dolly is survived by her children; Virginia (Jan), Linda, Wesley, Alan, Peter, Greta, Dale, Barbara, Patricia (Dean), and Canine Muffin, Georgina, Lorraine & Ken. Grandchildren; Yvonne (Don), Doreen (Keith), Germaine, Bobby-Lee, Daniel, Jennifer (Randy), Derrick, Amber (Michael), Ryan, (Kay), and Candice. She also leaves many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and a huge family of nieces and nephews.
    Dolly was born in the Nicola Valley and was the last grandchild of William Henry Voght 1st. (the Father of Merritt). Dolly was very proud of her family background and the Voght name. William H. Voght in his lifetime donated to the Town of Merritt; the land of Voght Park, the first Hospital, the first school, the Merritt Grave Yard, and the stained glass windows in the United Church.
    When Dolly was born she weighed 4 lbs., her father said that she reminded him of a doll and named her Dolly. As the baby of the family, Dolly was dotted upon by her dad. After the death of her dad William H. Voght 2nd, Dolly’s life was very hard. Her Mother needed to go out and work and Dolly stayed with her older brothers and sisters most of the time.
    She spent most of her young days with her brother Shep, and friend Tookie. They kept themselves entertained by riding horses, walking through the old underground mine from Diamondvale to Colletville with a flashlight, played around on the train boxcars, and went fishing in the Coldwater river.
    When Dolly was older she would ride a horse named Shorty from Meadows to Merritt to see a movie, she said the horse would get her home in the dark. Dolly worked helping out with her sisters Lizzy, Sophie’s, and Tilly’s families by baby sitting etc.
    She told of fun times spent with her brothers William, Tim, and Freddy and their families. They went fishing, hunting, and berry picking and she told of the many mishaps on the road trips, such as getting stuck in the mud or the creek, and of flat tires. Dolly worked as the camp cook for her brother Tim at a logging camp. A neighbour Mrs. Parker gave Dolly cooking lessons, teaching her to make great pies. Dolly was an excellent cook, her kitchen was always filled with her children and their friends, and relatives who dropped in. There was always something to eat, and no one went away hungry. Dolly was a great mother. She kept all her children together all the time. Dolly and Richard loved to go camping and fishing. Together they fished every lake around the Merritt area. Fished for Salmon around Boston Bar area in the Fraser River. They camped out to pick huckleberries, pine mushrooms, and gathering traditional foods, or they just went for a nature rides.
    Dolly and Richard moved back to Coldwater in 1991. Dolly was very happy to be back with her relatives at Coldwater. She loved her morning talks with Daisy and missed her a great deal when she passed away. After Richard passed away Dolly lived at home with help from her daughter Barbara. For health reasons Dolly moved to Nicola Meadows. Dolly really enjoyed having family members phone or visit her. She enjoyed visiting Virginia & Jan at Christina Lake, trips with Greta to Kamloops and area, going to dinner with Patty, and nature drives with Yvonne and family. Dolly was laid to rest next to her dad at Coldwater as were her wishes.
    Thank you, to Doreen and Cathy who were an immense help to Dolly while she lived at Coldwater. She appreciated and loved you ladies. Thank you to the staff at Nicola Meadows, Coquihalla Gillies, Merritt Hospital, Rena Jones RN, and Dr. Schmit. A special thank you to the Coldwater Indian Band for all their help and support to the family, and to Eileen, Daniel, Jerry, Wilber, Austin, Mary and Father Ken.

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    Gerald “Jerry” Robert Larson

    Friday, 04 Jul 2014

    It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Gerald “Jerry” Robert Larson. September 9, 1932 to July 4, 2014.
    Gramps, dad, uncle, brother, cousin, G.G., G-dawg, friend, amazing human and concept man to the end.
    He is survived by the greatest joys of his life, his wife Brenda Larson, and his family.
    He was a confident, adopted grampa, counsellor and wise man.
    Jerry was full of encouragement and after a visit with him you would leave feeling inspired, peaceful, and important. Jerry loved golfing and being invited to dinner, but most of all spending time with his family and friends.
    He will be truly missed.
    A celebration of his life will be held at the Crossroads Community Church on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2pm.
    In lieu of flowers, his wish would be that donations be made in honor of his wife Brenda, to Coquihalla Gillis House

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    Margaret (Peggy) Isabella Elizabeth Gilmour

    Sunday, 29 Jun 2014

    Gilmour, Margaret (Peggy) Isabella Elizabeth (nee Parke)
    Peggy Gilmour of Kamloops, BC, passed away peacefully in her home on the south Thompson River in her 86th year on Sunday, June 29th, 2014 with her family by her side.
    Peggy is survived by her five children, Bruce (Wendy) of Vancouver; Ross (Andrea) of North Vancouver; Alison Sawers (Norman) of North Vancouver; Daphne Marvel (James) of New Westminster; and Elspeth Cooper (Darren) of North Vancouver. “Gran” will be dearly missed by her eleven grandchildren: Sarah; Stephanie, Charlotte and Georgia; Bronwen, Malcolm and Audrey; Paige, Gillian and Andrea; and Stuart.
    She is also survived by her brother Gordon Parke of Vancouver, and many nieces and nephews.
    Peggy was predeceased by her husband, Allan, in July 2008, and by her brother, Alan Parke, in March 2003.
    A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 8th at 2:00pm at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 360 Nicola Street, Kamloops, BC and will be officiated by the Very Reverend Louise Peters. A reception will be held at the Cathedral Hall. Immediately following the service.
    Condolences and the full obituary, please refer to www.schoeningfuneralservice.com
    In memory of Peggy Gilmour, donations may be made to one of the following charities:
    • Western Canada Theatre Company, Box 329, 1025 Lorne Street Kamloops, BC V2C 5K9
    • Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism, 1111 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops, BC V2B 3J8
    • The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) –BC-Yukon Division, 100-5055 Joyce St, Vancouver, BC V5R 6V2
    Peggy’s family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Dr. J. Francois Malan for not only his medical expertise, but more importantly, for his compassion and inspiration as he encouraged “m’lady” to take her last epic trip to South Africa. We would also like to thank the empathetic staff of Royal Inland Hospital 3 West and the Home Health Palliative Care Team.
    Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops, 250-374-1454

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    Alma Bertha Laura Graham

    Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014

    Born to Ole and Svea
    Evindsen in Prince Rupert BC,
    Alma and family lived in Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Anyox and Alice Arm.
    Alma moved to Port Hardy in 1937 where she met and married T.H. “Jeff” Clarke, Jeff died in 1953. In 1959 Alma married Colin Wood “Coli” Graham in Port Hardy where they lived until 1969 when they moved to Fort St James, then to Vancouver and then in 1978 to Merritt where they have lived ever since.
    Alma is survived by her loving husband of 55 years “Coli” Graham, 10 children: Dorothy, Jean, Geoff, Marjorie, Tom, George, Beth, Gordon, Sharon and Irene; daughters-in-law Marilyn, Arlene and Mary Ellen, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, sister in law Leila Evindsen, nephew Drew and two great nephews, as well as numerous other young people to whom she opened her heart and home.
    Alma was predecreased by her first husband, her son Gerry, daughter Audrey, her parents, her only brother Ronald, 5 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
    A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 5th, 2014 at 1pm. Friends are cordially invited to join the family in celebrating her life.

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    Donald Gordon McDonald

    Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014

    We sadly announce the passing of Donald Gordon McDonald, known to most as “Gordie” or Grandpa Mac on June 17, 2014.
    Gord is survived by his daughters Jenda (Surinder) Ghog and Sharon (Jay) Page, and his son Robert (Jenny) McDonald and his Grandchildren, Julia, Andrew, Sara, Adam and Emily and great grandchild Sylvan. He is also survived by his sister Alice (Doug) Richardson of Tlell, Queen Charlotte Islands.
    Gord was a long time resident of the Merritt and surrounding area, a war vet from the Forestry Corp, Sawmill owner (till 1966)and finally auto recycler. He was born in Helkirk Alberta on October 27, 1920.
    A Celebration of Gord’s life will take place at the Quality Inn meeting room, on June 28 2014, at 4:00 pm for tea and fellowship.

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    Doreen Marjorie Shea

    Sunday, 15 Jun 2014

    Mrs. Doreen Marjorie Shea passed away peacefully in Merritt on June 15, 2014, aged 76 years. Survived by her children Cathy, Doris, Darrell and Colleen, and the grandchildren Cory, Brian, Fern, and Victoria, Adam and Aaron, Marina, and Brandy, Derek, and Samantha. She is predeceased by Robert Charles. A Celebration of Life will be held on June 28, 2014 at 1 PM at Merritt Funeral Chapel with her grandson Fern officiating.