• Mary Susak

    Monday, 18 Jul 2016

    Mary Susak passed away, at home, peacefully in her sleep on July 18, 2016. A tea in Mary’s memory will be held in the near future. Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear. In lieu of flowers a donation in memory of Mary Susak may be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, the SPCA Shuswap Branch or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be sent through Mary’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com. Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.

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    Lottie Lindley

    Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016

    It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Lottie Lindley of the Upper Nicola Indian Band. Lottie was survived by her husband of 66 years Isaac (Ike) Lindley, and her children: Margaret (Don); Ivan ( Joan); Norman (Phyllis); Tina (Randy); Allard; Bev (Emery); Lorna (Jerry); David (Wanda); Ben, and Raymond. Lottie had 27 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. Lottie Myrtle Lindley was born in Merritt BC on November 8, 1930, the only daughter of Christine Strongy and Tommy O`Rourke. She attended Kamloops Indian Residential School when she was seven where she attended for eight years. Among the many lifelong friends she made, she met Isaac Lindley, who was from Spaxomin. In 2005 she joined the NVIT Elders Society and could be found at the Merritt Campus offering support and guidance to staff and students. She was very proud of the work she and the other elders did. Lottie’s greatest source of pride was her family. As an only child, she beamed with love and gratitude for her huge extended family. She will be greatly missed. The Lindley family appreciate all the support from everyone, and apologize if we forgot anyone.

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    Kelly Ernest Brewer

    Wednesday, 06 Jul 2016

    Kelly Brewer was a beloved son, grandson, nephew and cousin who has left us too soon, at only 26 years old. Kelly leaves to mourn his passing his parents Rick and Margaret Brewer of Merritt BC, grandmother Violet Larson, and many Aunts, Uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents Harold & Joyce Brewer, and Grandad Harold Larson.
    In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made in Kelly’s memory to: Nicola Valley & District Food Bank, Box 2719 Merritt BC V1K 1B8 or the Ask Wellness Centre, Box 697 Merritt BC V1K 1B8
    No service by request.

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    Marie “Mickey” Piccin

    Thursday, 30 Jun 2016

    Marie Isabel Connelly affectionately known as “wee Mic” by her mother Meg, was the youngest of seven children, born November 9, 1926 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Life on their quarter section homestead was a safe shelter from the hardships of the depression. After her father Frank’s death in 1945, Mom moved west to Vancouver where her 4 sisters had already ventured, there she met and married Battista Piccin in 1955. Marie was raising her two sons, Rocci and Patrick in Abbotsford when her mother Meg died in 1958. When her husband died in 1967, Marie continued to make her home in Abbotsford, working for the “Homemakers Service” cooking, cleaning and caring for young and old in their time of need. Her door was always open to family and friends, where they could always depend on her generosity and kindness. After her youngest son Patrick, died in 2008, Mom moved to Merritt to be closer to Rocci and family. The toll of loss on Mom soon required assisted care at the Gillis House, where she was well attended to until her peaceful death, June 30, 2016.
    We wish to express our sincere appreciation to the wonderful caregivers at the Coquihalla/Gillis House, whose quality of care were such that Mom’s last four years were comfortable and peaceful. Mom’s peace of mind was attributed to her faith in a loving Creator that she so loved. From her window on the world, she could meditate on the unobstructed view along Jackson Street to the mountains south of town, recalling the carefree days of her youth, riding her horse Blackie over the grasslands...
    She is survived by her son Rocci (Lynette), grandsons Jamie (Candace), Jesse (Shannon), Jordan (Claudia), great grand-children Enzo and Chiara Piccin, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial Service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 1672 Salton Road, Abbotsford, BC on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm.

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    Stella Yakimchuk

    Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016

    Stella Yakimchuk passed away peacefully in Kelowna General Hospital on June 29, 2016 at the age of 82. She is lovingly remembered by her husband Joe of 60 years, her children Jody (Murray), Brad (Karen), Alan (Jill), Wes (Mikayla) and Joseph (Maureen). Her grandchildren Tiffany, Kimberly, Tyler (Erin), Cole, Stephanie (Beau), Sierra (Drew), Ryan (Bailey), Bryson (Patricia), Bailey (Nick) and Cameron and great grandchildren Aiden, Caylen, Ava and Rowan. She is survived by her sisters Sophie, Doris (Vic), Verna (Don) and brother Ellis (Anne) and will also be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
    She was predeceased by her parents Steve and Sophie, brothers Bill and Mike and sisters Kate, Olga, Elsie, Dora, Polly and Helen.
    The family would like to thank the emergency nurses and staff at Nicola Valley Hospital, Dr. Wes Woychuk, Dr. Van Der Merwe, the H.A.R.T. transport team from Kamloops and the cardiac unit at Kelowna General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Merritt, BC on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be left at www.MerrittFuneralChapel.com

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    Douglas Stanley Imrie

    Sunday, 26 Jun 2016

    It is with sadness that we announce the passing of beloved father, grandfather and friend Doug Imrie on June 26, 2016 at the age of 85 years. Doug was always at the centre of any social gathering, Doug was best known and loved for his endless repertoire of jokes, colorful stories, witty sayings and musical abilities. He was a master of the art of “spoonerisms” and everyone was treated to his versions of “Rindercella” and “ The Pee Little Thrigs”. His deep baritone singing voice accompanied his accordion, guitar and piano skills. Born in Wideview SK, Doug moved to BC where he worked with his parents on various ranches in the Clinton and Ashcroft areas. Doug met his wife of 59 years Betty Scott Polson in Victoria, BC where he worked as a longshoreman and steam engineer. They moved to Douglas Lake Ranch in 1956, later Quilchena and eventually Merritt, where Doug began selling International Harvester farm machinery and American Motors, Chrysler, Dodge cars and trucks. His first logging truck was purchased in 1969 and he was an owner operator in the Salmon Arm and Sicamous area until his retirement at 70. Doug loved boating and camping with friends on the Shuswap. He served for many years as an RCMP Auxiliary Constable both in Merritt and Salmon Arm. Doug was also a lifelong member of the BPOELKS Lodge. Predeceased by his wife Betty in 2013 and his son Chris in 1977. Doug will be forever loved and cherished by his family; daughter Sheri Yaremco and son in law Michael, grandchildren; Travis, Elyse and Ethan and daughter in law Linda Thompson. Also survived by his sister Audrey Hamilton ( Garth ). “Uncle Doug” will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews : Shelley Sanders, Dale Dare, Colin and Greg Hamilton
    Honoring Doug’s wish there will be no formal service. Celebration of Life to be announced.
    Online condolences may be sent through Doug’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com.

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    Beatrice Verna Morton

    Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016

    Died peacefully at Sunnybank Senior Centre, Oliver, BC on Tuesday, June 21. She is survived by daughters, Penny Blain (nee Miller) and Marla Carling (nee Miller); step son, Wayne Morton (Linda); step-daughter, Debbie Morton; grandchildren, Shelley (Daryl) Clarke, Carolyn(Les) Curnow, Jillian(Steve)Chambers, Edward and David Kerrie; step grandchildren, Tyson, Alida and Neil Morton; great grandchildren Delton, Daylon, Kalvin, JannaBea and Travis, and two great great grandchildren. She has a large extended family who will miss her including surviving sisters, Ada Markam (Dennis) and Pat Dormer and brother, Richard Chambers (Susan). She was predeceased by her beloved husband, John Ernest Morton; brothers, Art, Clare and Bill Chambers; sisters, Norma, Mildred and Doreen. The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hamilton and the staff at Sunnybank Centre for their care. There will be a Celebration of Life in Merritt at Carolyn Curnew’s property Saturday, August 6, 3pm.
    For more information please call Shelley 250-493-2878 or email: dc-clarke@shaw.ca. Condolences may be shared by visiting www.everdenrust.com

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    William John Jurreit

    Saturday, 18 Jun 2016

    William John Jurreit was born May 22,1936 in Merritt, BC. Bill passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Dawson Creek, BC with his family by his side.
    Bill was the oldest of four children. He would often tell stories of his adventures with his brother Carl, and the neighborhood kids exploring the hills surrounding Merritt. Bill grew up in the Nicola Valley most of his life. In 1969 Bill and Angelina married and made Kamloops their home. In his younger years he enjoyed camping, fishing and always loved country drives with his family. Bill worked at the Pulp Mill in Kamloops and as a heavy duty mechanic on various construction jobs. He was a member of the Operating Engineers for over 50 years. Bill’s favorite past time after retiring was selling horse tack and attending auctions, gun shows, rodeos and fairs, he enjoyed talking about the old days and bargain hunting. To people he was known as old Bill, a name he was proud of. Bill was predeceased by his mother and father, step dad, brother and wife.
    Bill leaves to mourn his daughter Melody (Spike),grandchildren Vanessa (Kelly), Kamen (Jessie), Veraray (Andrew), Katie (Darryl), Bronaugh (Rich), great granddaughter Kinsley, dog Benny, and several relatives. With respect to Bill’s wishes no formal funeral service will be held.
    Very Respectfully Reynars Funeral Home & Crematorium www.reynars.com

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    Gertrude Mary Latremouille

    Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016

    Gertrude Latremouille passed away peacefully on June 14, 2016. Gertie was predeceased by her husband Louis, brothers Walter, Norman and Charlie, sister Thelma White
    and granddaughter Rebecca Arnet. Gertie is lovingly remembered by sister Dot Kennedy and brother John (Lyda) Eastman, sons Micheal (Janet) and Vernon (Lorna), daughters Glenna Richards and Marie (Nathan) Matthew, grandsons Bill Richards, Gene Latremouille, Mark (Nicole) Matthew and granddaughters Jodi (Jason Nyeste) Latremouille, Sarah (Wylie) Mitchell, and great grandchildren, Amanda and Jailene, Colton and Gary, Wyatt, Lucas and Rayel, Taylor and Kiera, and Surya and Althea. She will also be dearly missed by a great many extended family members and close friends, including Wesley Bickerton, Marie Beebe, Dave Marriott and Vi Norman, and the Honourable Judy Guichon. Gertie was born on Christmas day, 1923, on the family farm in Griffin Creek, Alberta, where she grew up. She met her future husband, Louis, in Victoria in the early forties. Gertie and Louis enjoyed 59 years together, sharing a love of the outdoors and involvement with community. They raised their family in Little Fort, where Gertie was a member of the Catholic Women’s League and the Little Fort Women’s Institute. Together, they owned and operated Rock Island Lake Fishing Camp from 1947-1959. In 1967, the family moved to Lower Nicola, when Louis was transferred with the BC Forest Service. Gertie was again an active member of her community, as a square dancer, homemaker, and long-time volunteer for the Merritt Citizens’ Patrol and the Hospital Auxiliary. In earlier years, she was appreciated for her baking particularly delicious were her lemon pies, “grandma cakes,” and chocolate chip and shortbread cookies. When she no longer baked, she stocked her cupboards with treats for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. “GG’s” greatest joy was her family. She kept abreast of all of their activities, took tremendous pride in their achievements and was always present at their events. Grandma Gertie acknowledged every milestone of her family members, keeping lists to ensure that no birthday or anniversary was missed. Gertie was known for her generosity and gregarious nature. In her later years, she was a resident at Nicola Meadows, where she made new friends and re-connected with old acquaintances, and was treated with kindness and respect by all of the staff. Here, she especially enjoyed the weekly bingo games, particularly when she won! She lived her life with a spirit of optimism and found pleasure in her relationships with others and by giving whatever she had to share. All who knew her will remember her strong, warm hands, her beaming smile and her infectious laugh. We would like to thank the staff of Nicola Meadows, the Merritt Hospital, and Father Ken for their kind care and support in Gertie’s later years and during her short illness. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Merritt, B.C., on July 9th at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be gratefully accepted.

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    Violet Yates

    Monday, 06 Jun 2016

    We regret to announce the passing of Violet Yates on June 6,2016.
    Come join the family for a Celebration of Life Tea to be held Saturday September 24th at 2pm. at Merritt Senior Centre.