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    Robert (Bob) William Goode

    Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016

    Dad passed away suddenly at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home with his family by his side.Dad was born in Cloverdale BC, moving to Westwold BC in 1947 and then to Kamloops BC in 1983. Dad is survived by his children Tami (Sheldon) McKim, Thomas, (Benita) Goode, Teri (Jeff) DeMarni. Grand-children Dustan, Leevi, Brandon McKim. Adaira, Makaila, (Taylor), Payton Goode. Dylan, Colby, Jacey DeMarni. Sister in Law Joan Goode, as well as many relatives and friends.Dad was predeceased by his parents Carroll and Jean, his son Tate and then his brother Jack. Dad’s passions in life were sports, traveling, animals, meeting people and trap shooting. He worked all of his life building businesses, with his last business being Rivers Workwear in 2012.
    A celebration of life will be held at the Westwold Community Hall on February 21st, 2016 at 2 pm.
    The family would like to thank the staff in ICU at RIH as well as the staff at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home.
    In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home.
    Condolences may be placed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com.

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    Pamela Victoria Mary Hooper

    Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016

    It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Pam’s peaceful passing on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the Nicola Valley Hospital. Pamela Victoria Mary Hooper (Berkeley) was born in Collettville on September 6, 1921. She lived in Merritt all of her long and beautiful 94 years.
    Pam was predeceased by her husband, Robert Harold Hooper, her parents, Ethel and William Berkeley, and her brothers, Keith and Bill. Pam worked as a telephone operator before her marriage to Bobby in 1945. She and Bobby worked on their small ranch in Merritt, at Dorothy Bev’s Ladies Wear and then Mar-Pol Fashions of Merritt.
    Pam’s passion in life was definitely her family, home and handicrafts. She enjoyed knitting many beautiful things for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, reading, Bingo, doing puzzles, playing scrabble, and most recently she loved working on projects in her adult color therapy book. Pam cherished her beloved garden and was always busy in her yard all summer.
    Pam leaves behind a large family to grieve her passing. Daughters: Sybil Gavelin (Lloyd) and Robin Ulinder (Clayton). Grandchildren: Mark Ulinder (Debbie), Tania Rauch (Kelvin), Kimberly Gelber (Tobias), Ariane Gavelin (Douglas Hickey), Lesley Lovell (Dean). Great grandchildren: Bradley and Shelby Ulinder, Madison Rauch, Mathias, Ronan, Bronwyn and Naoise Gelber, Damian and Corben Hickey, Taylen, Tristan and Griffin Lovell.
    We would all like to extend a special thank you to the nursing staff at NVGH for their loving and tender care of Gramma.
    A service will be held on Saturday, January 30 at 1 pm at the Merritt Funeral Chapel.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be greatly appreciated to the Canadian Cancer Fund or to Gillis House in Merritt.
    Where The Gentle Nicola Flows
    Come with me to the beautiful Nicola Valley. This wonderful place that I know
    With those wide green valley and sparkling lakes Where the gentle .Nicola flows.
    Have you seen the valley in autumn
    When the Aspens all turn to gold?
    Or the frozen beauty of winter
    When the winds from the north blow cold When the winds form the north blow cold? By: Ray Thompson

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    Raymond Clifford Tippe

    Thursday, 21 Jan 2016

    We regret to announce the sudden passing of Raymond Clifford Tippe at the age of 86 years. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 62 years, Connie, daughter Sandy (Mike) Parkinson, grandchildren David Parkinson, Lisa Parkinson, Adam Tippe and Aaron Tippe. Ray was the eldest of 10 children – brothers Bob (Sharon), Elmer (Alice), Dick (Jean), Jackie (Joyce), Lorne (Donna), and sisters Jean and Darlene. Ray was predeceased by son Randy Tippe (2010) and brothers Ronnie and Clarence.
    Originally from Maple Ridge, Ray and Connie moved to Merritt in 1978. He worked as a probation officer until he retired at 58 years of age. He then instructed job training courses and worked at the police station until he retired again, at 80 years. Ray enjoyed his music all of his life. He started very young - he and his brothers played at barn dances and weddings from the age of 18. Ray also played for various bands through the years. After retiring, he played for seniors’ residences and other audiences. Ray loved his children and grandchildren and enjoyed attending all of their activities. He also spent many years with family out at Nicola Lake camping and fishing.
    Ray touched many lives and will be missed by many.
    A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday February 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm, with a reception of follow, at Crossroads Community Church with Pastor Sherry Peterson officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be expressed at: www.MerrittFuneralChapel.com.

  • Grace Elizabeth Miller

    Wednesday, 20 Jan 2016

    Grace Miller aged 87 passed away at home on January 25, 2016. She is sadly missed by daughters Susan Daniels (Larry) and Lynn Ross. By grandchildren Tracy Even (Murray) and Ron WIllgress (Miste) and five great-grandchildren: James Even, Chelsea Even, Sasha Willgress, Taylor Willgress and Avery WIllgress. Grace was born in Emerson, Manitoba, one of four children born to Jim and Et Daniels. The family moved to BC in 1941 and she resided in the Vancouver area until 1993 when she moved to Merritt. A resident of Phelan House until 2013 she then moved in with her daughters until she passed away. There will be a Celebration of Life in the early summer. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Canuck Place or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent on-line at: www.MerrittFuneralChapel.com
    “Happy travels - We love you.”

  • Hertha Dyck

    Saturday, 16 Jan 2016

    Hertha went to be with the Lord on Jan. 16
    She will be sadly missed by her loving husband
    Nelson Dyck of 13 years
    A service will be held on Saturday, January 23 at 1 p.m. at the Crossroads Community Church.
    In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Tribal Trails at www.tribaltrails.org

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    Donald Wayne Stewart

    Saturday, 09 Jan 2016

    Don passed away suddenly at the Piapot Hall while attending a function with his family and friends. He was in his happy place dancing and socializing with his wife Mary.
    Don was born in Galt, Ontario. He found his true love Mary and they began their lives together. Don and Mary had three children Jennifer, Teresa and Jason. They moved to AB and through to various ranches in BC prior to finding home in Maple Creek, SK.
    Don is survived by his wife Mary and children Jennifer & Alex Robinson, Teresa Stewart and Jason Stewart. Grandchildren Jacob, Josey & Morgan Robinson, Bill & Jenna Brewer and Isabelle Stewart. Brother Allan Stewart and sister Beverly Seto. Close relatives Gary & Shirley Kribs, Edna & Alan Walsh, as well many other relatives and friends.
    Don was predeceased by his parents Bruce & Emily; Brothers Larry & John.
    A service was held Friday, January 15th at The United Church of Maple Creek, SK

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    Charles (Charlie) Edward Baxter

    Saturday, 09 Jan 2016

    It is with so much love and the saddest of hearts that we
    announce the passing of our beloved husband, dad, and grandfather at the age of 75.
    Charlie is survived by his loving wife Teresa of 52 years, his sons Brian (Romona), Kevin (Yvette), grandchildren Jasmine, Jade, Victoria, James, his sisters Mary, Gertie, and Teresa, numerous nieces and nephews, and his little dog Zack. He was predeceased by his parents Jim and Margaret, and brother Colum.
    We would like to thank our extended family, friends, neighbours, doctors, nurses, and home care workers for all of the care, compassion, and support during this time.
    A funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Ken on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11am at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Merritt, BC.
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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    Marian Diane Schell (nee Saunders)

    Wednesday, 30 Dec 2015

    Gone from us that smiling face, Her cheerful pleasant ways,
    The heart that won so many friends, In countless happy days.
    Diane was born on December 18, 1946, in Charlton, Ontario. After finishing teachers’ college, she married in a triple wedding ceremony with two of her seven siblings.
    In 1979, Diane, her husband Earl, and daughters Susan and Karen, moved to Merritt, BC. Here, she was an avid volunteer and a proud Beta Sigma Phi Sister for 15years. Dianeloved being a Grandma. She also enjoyed gardening, music, travelling, camping, and of course, playing cards (our Queen of Hearts).
    Diane was extremely touched to be surrounded by the love of her friends and family at her 69th birthday party. She wanted to again sincerely thank all those who participated in creating this special memory.
    The Schell Family is eternally grateful to the community of Merritt and Home Healthcare for all the invaluable support received. Donations to the ALS Society of Canada are always welcome.

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    Marie (Mary) Martha Marcelet

    Monday, 28 Dec 2015

    Marie (Mary) Martha Marcelet, 91, passed away at Surrey Memorial Hospital on December 28, 2015. Mary was born in Radville, Sask on April 4, 1924 to Onestine Marie
    Josephine (Poete) and Joseph Pierre Francois Binetruy. On Oct. 11, 1954 she married Emile Joseph Charles Marcelet. Together they farmed in Neptune, Sask. for 4 years, and then moved north to Uranium City, Sask. There, Emile was employed in the mines until 1962. At that time, they moved to Merritt, B.C. Here, they settled, worked hard to provide for their girls; while at the same time, enjoyed and relished the moments when they were visited by butterflies and hummingbirds. Mary moved to Kamloops in 2010 and then in September of 2015 she moved to her middle daughter’s home in Surrey.
    Mary worked at home. She was a great seamstress! Alongside her husband, she took pride in planting and harvesting (freezing, canning, and dehydrating) from their large garden. In addition, she was always busy with her other hobbies: embroidery, knitting, crocheting, quilting, etc. If she could lend a helping hand, she was there as a supporting friend. She will be missed by them.
    Mary is survived by her 3 daughters: Louise Marcelet (Kent Watson); Yvonne (Stephen Gray), grandchildren: Daniel Davidson (Amanda), Lisa (Andrew Mullen: great-grandchild David), Sandy Davidson, Andrew and Sara Gray; Denise (Dale Smith), grandchildren: Jake (Tara), Clayton (Chelsey: great -grandchildren Owen and Evan). Mary is also survived by many nieces and nephews located throughout Canada and Europe.
    She is predeceased by her husband Emile and all her siblings: Jeanne Viguie, Henry Binetruy, Margaret Binetruy, and Justin Binetruy.
    MEMORIAL TEA will be held at First Memorial Funeral Home, #8-177 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, B.C. on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 1:00 - 3:00pm.
    There will be no formal service. Mom just wanted people to drop by to say their goodbyes, share a story if they like, and have a little something to eat. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
    Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Service Kamloops, (250) 554-2429.
    Condolences may be left for Mary’s family at www.firstmemorialkamloops.com.

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    Marcel Haller

    Wednesday, 23 Dec 2015

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and Dad, Marcel Haller, at the age of 65. Marcel passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife, children and family after a courageous battle with melanoma cancer. Marcel was a gentleman through and through. He was a very compassionate and friendly man, with a wonderful sense of humour and was a hard worker. Marcel moved to Merritt with his family when he was 10 and later attended BCIT to become a journeymen Welder Fabricator. His work in the construction and mining industry, took him all over BC. Alta. Sask. and the US. where his father would join him in the travel trailer for months at a time camping near the ocean or a lake when possible. Marcel enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, tinkering in his shop, bargaining for things and above all riding his Harley. Marcel is survived by his dearly loved wife Donelda, his children, Angie (Erik), Sara (Crystal), Tina (Stephen), Anna (Doug), his grandchildren, Zaine, Shadin, Bryson and Briar and his little dog Minito. Mother Margaret Haynes, step-dad Laurie Haynes, his siblings, Sandy, Shelly, Tootsie and Eddie and their spouses, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and family. Marcel was predeceased by his brother Jerry Haller, his father Marcel Dinelle and his step-father Marvin Haller. We would like to thank family, friends and neighbors' for their love and support and the community for so many well wishes and kind words to Marcel. We appreciate the care the Nicola Valley Hospital and the Gillis House staff gave to Marcel. Thank you and condolences to Dr. Bester. I saw you getting tired and knew there was no cure. So I leaned over and touched your curly hair and whispered, "Safe Journey, My Love, My Dad".
    A celebration of life will be held at a later date.