We regret to announce the passing of Nancy Mielnichuk on her 77th birthday, October 28th 2003. After a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Nancy succumbed to medical complications and died peacefully in Noric house amongst her family, and caregivers. Nancy will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her husband John, of 60 years, and her children, Violet Lussier(Rene) Leduc Alberta, Emma Keenan(Joesph) Vancouver Island David Mielnichuk (June) Edmonton Alberta; Sharon Malmberg (Michael) Fort Steele, B.C.; Marvin Mielnichuk Anguilla, Caribbean; Mary Mielnichuk (Greg Garbutt) Vernon; Terry Schalm (Warren) Winnipeg Manitoba. Nancy also leaves 8 grandchildren who were her joy. Her first great grandchild will be born this November. Her parents, Doris and Jacob Ewashko, two brothers, and sister Helen predeceased her. A memorial service was held at Bethel Funeral Home on Wed Oct.29th, and then a Funeral was held at Park Memorial in Edmonton, with a Burial at Highvale Cementary, near to the land that she farmed and loved. Nancy was a delight, a loving wife and mother and grandmother. She loved nature and was a master in the kitchen. There was always a chair at Nancy’s table for her friends, to share some conversation and laughs. Her plants and garden flourished. Before moving to Vernon in 1971, Nancy and John owned and operated a mixed farm in Alberta. Nancy worked very hard, and there was no task that she would not undertake. She had no gender barriers, and was an equal partner in the farm. Nancy was ahead of her time. She was a Women’s Libber before the word was thought of….
When Nancy was 50, she was diagnosed with the Parkinson’s Disease. She lived with this for 25 years, and even in the worst moments Nancy courageously struggled on. Even though she is physically gone, her spirit lives on within our memories. Her soul is now at rest and peace with her maker. We are sure that heavens’ kitchen is full of Nancy’s baked bread and the angels have feather pillows to sleep on, thanks to Mom.
The family wishes to thank the following people. Dr. Barry Jones, Dr. Lindsey Pritchett. Dr. M Abedel Kader for the care and attention that they gave to Mom. A special thanks to the Nurses and the Care Aids at Noric House for the way they cared for Nancy in her two years there. Donations may be made to the B.C. Parkinsons Foundation, 890 West Pender Street, Suite 600
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