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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.

  • 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
    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

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    Rose Marie Gaulin

    Sunday, 14 Sep 2014

    With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, Rose Gaulin on September 14th. 2014. Rose was born March 13th, 1929 in St. Odilon, Quebec. Rose is predeceased by her three sisters and one brother. She lost her husband, Réal of 44 years in 1997. Rose is survived by her sister, Gemma Laliberte in
    Quebec, her four children, Jean-Pierre Gaulin, Michele Shaw, (Richard), Richard Gaulin, and Diane Gaulin. ( Steve). Her six grand-children, Stephane and Claire Gaulin-Brown, Christopher Shaw, (Rylee), Victoria Shaw, Jeremy Desrosiers, (Stephenie), and Stephanie Desrosiers, (Tony). She also had seven great- grand-children, Tony, katie, Sophia, Janie, and Bruce Stover, Liam Johnston-Desrosiers and Melody Desrosiers.
    Rose lived in Chilliwack for 20 years, attending mass at St. Mary`s parish, she was also a member for 13 years with the Catholic Women`s League. She enjoyed having all the grand- children visit her and lady friends from many years of good friendships. She was heart-broken when she lost the love of her life, her husband Real, in 97”, but she carried on to the age of eighty-five, God Rest her Soul. She spent the last few years of her life living with her daughter, Michele. Until she went to Coquihala-Gillis House, in Merritt.B.C.
    There will be a viewing on Saturday Sept 20,2014, at 10:00am St. Mary’s Parish, followed by a mass at 11:00am, there will be a luncheon served after mass. Interment services to follow at Promontory Cemetery.

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    Alan Norman Platz

    Friday, 12 Sep 2014

    Alan Norman Platz, Al, of Merritt, passed away September 12, 2014 from the injuries sustained in a truck accident. He was 69 years old.
    Al was born in Wetaskiwin
    Alberta on October 4, 1944.
    He was the 4th child of Clifford and Daisy Platz who would have 14 children in all.
    Al worked as a lighthouse keeper, loader operator and faller, before working as an equipment operator for Sanders and Co. Al is predeceased by his mother, Daisy, father, Clifford, and brothers, Ray and Bill.
    Al is survived by his wife of 24 years, Cindy, and many siblings Jerry, Evelyn, Elva, Irene, Ralph, Ed, Rosemary, Barbie, Ted, Susan, and Christopher. Al also leaves behind his children, step-children and numerous grand-children: Annette (Christopher and Steven) and Jeremy (Dakota and Sierra), step- children: Zack, Angela (Shaylea, Amira, Draven, Gabriel, and Winter), Ria (Maya), and Dustin. Al has countless nieces and nephews and other family and friends that are left with many fond memories.
    In his early years, Al loved ocean fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling. In later years he loved to go for Sunday drives, watch hockey games, and spend time with Cindy and their dog, Wilbur. Throughout his life, Al loved to garden, enjoy a good meal, and tell detailed stories to anyone he encountered. He lived his life with passion, hard-work, and a great love of his family.
    In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Legion in Merritt. The family of Al wishes to thank Sanders and Co. for all their support and donations. As well, they would like to thank the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 96 for hosting Al’s beautiful service.

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    Rieks Polmans

    Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014

    There is no greater gift than the gift of memories. The days are made a little brighter, the nights a little shorter, Life's difficulties more bearable, everyday joys more precious because of those memories. Those of us who miss and remember you are comforted somehow by the treasures of memories that remain long after you are gone.
    Always, we remember your kindness, your smile, your generous spirit and the gentle man you always were, always will be, in our hearts.
    Always remembered, always treasured, always missed Your friends, Lynne and Bonnie