Nellie Graves

“nellie” graves

1916 – 2006

It is with deep sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mom, grandma and great grandma on August 22, 2006, following a short illness.

Nellie was born on April 1, 1916 in Arran, Saskatchewan. The family made several moves relating to her father’s employment with the railway, eventually settling in Kelowna. Nellie met her husband Herb at a dance in Vernon where he was part of a band. They married on February 1, 1940 and music continued to be a very important part of their life. They settled on the family farm in Armstrong where they raised their 2 children. Nellie enjoyed gardening and was a wonderful cook and homemaker. Family and friends were often treated to the specialties of her Ukrainian heritage, in particular her perogies and cabbage rolls that graced every special occasion.

Nellie was predeceased by her parents Anton and Annie, older sister Catherine and is survived by siblings, Lena, Joe and Margaret. Her loving husband Herb of 66 years, daughter Barbara (Bob) of Kamloops, BC, son Ken (Arlene) of Calgary, AB, grandchildren Susan, Janine, Cindi (Nigel), Allan (Lisa), step grandson Gary (Nancy), and great grandchildren Haille, Amy, Kianna and Ashley will miss the loving and gentle spirit with which she lived her life. Nellie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors and nursing staff of 2 West and ICU of Vernon Jubilee Hospital for their compassionate care and support and a special thanks to caregivers, Jill Redmond and Helen Speed.

A Celebration of Life service will take place at the Zion United Church, 2315 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Armstrong, BC on Friday, September 1, 2006 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Lorraine Powell officiating. A reception will follow in the tea Room of Mountain View Funeral Home, 2980 Smith Drive, Armstrong, BC. In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made in Nellie’s name to Pleasant Valley Manor, 3800 Pattern Drive, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B2 where husband Herb resides. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Home, 250-546-8294.