Eleanor Poirier

Eleanor Edith Poirier

Eleanor Edith Poirier passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 9, 2008. Aged 88 years.

Eleanor will be lovingly remembered by her son Dr. Frank (Carole) Poirier of Armstrong;

three grandsons Frank Jr., Barton and Jacques (Tracie) all of Portland, Oregon; two

granddaughters Michelle (Steve) Austin of Visalia, California and Kylee Apers of Vancouver;

seven great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Charlotte Frolke of

Salmon Arm; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Predeceased by her husband

of 40 years Dick in 1980, son Dr. Richard in 2000, brother Elwin Frolke in 1977 and her four

sisters in 2000. Eleanor was born on a farm in Inglis, Manitoba on October 3, 1920. She was

the youngest of a family of fi ve girls and one boy. At 10 years of age she moved with her

family to Armstrong, settling on Grandview Flats. She attended Grandview School for one

year, then bussed to Armstrong High School to complete her education.

In 1939 she married Dick Poirier. In 1940, Eleanor and Dick built their

fi rst house on Page Road, and this is where their two sons were born

and lived for 14 years. In 1954, they moved to their home next to the

church. They had acquired an 85 acre farm surrounding the church

property. With the farm and acreage on Page Road, they decided to take up full-time farming, which they did

for the next 20 years. When the boys left to further their education at Loma Linda University, Eleanor took up a

few other interests, such as writing for the Vernon Daily News – news of Grandview Flats and short items of other

local interest. She also did some accounting and income tax for several small sawmills as well as income tax for

relatives and friends. She then got interested in entering her handiwork of crocheting, embroidering and baking in

the Armstrong Fair and won many blue ribbons. Eleanor was also a self-learned piano player. As a young teenager, she

played for church services, with only a pump organ available at church. She never gave up her keen interest in more

advanced piano music, which was very satisfying for her evenings alone. Her love for company, playing cards and

entertaining fi lled her life. A dinner party was always prepared for every occasion, and many were always welcome. A

Funeral Service was held at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at Grandview Seventh Day Adventist Church. Burk

Heimann offi ciating. Interment in family plot of Grandview Cemetery. Arrangements in

the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong 250 546-7237.