It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Nellie Mykytiuk on May 2, 2005, at the age of 92 years. Nellie died at Vernon Hospice House with family by her side. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband of 66 years, James of Vernon, BC, her daughter, Betty (Bill) Palmer of Louis Creek, BC, Sonia (Rick)Thorpe of Courtenay, BC, and son Terry (Audrey) Mykytiuk of Edmonton, AB. “Baba” was dearly loved by her grandchildren, Jodie, Lee, Christine, Shelley and Warren, and great grandchildren Anna, Thomas, Jillian, Kailyn and Thea. She also leaves behind one sister Anne Murawsky of Spiritwood, Sask, a brother John (Dody) Pawlyshyn of Parksville, BC, sisters-in-law Lena Pawlyshyn, Rose Pawlyshyn and Grace Karpiak and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers Peter and William Pawlyshyn.
Nellie was born on May 4, 1912 in Marlin Sask. She attended normal school in Saskatoon and taught school at Marlin and St. Joseph’s school in Ituna, Sask, between 1932 and 1938, before moving to Marguerite, BC, where she and James were married in the fall of 1938. Nellie assisted her husband in their business endeavors, a grocery store in Goodeve, Sask, Westbank, BC, and finally the P&M General Store in Vernon from 1948 to 1962. Nellie was very active in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. She was a member of the Ukrainian Women’s Association, St. Olga’s Branch for over 50 years. She was a generous loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who took great pride in her family. She was a wonderful cook, loved to garden and excelled in Ukrainian embroidery and “Pysanky” (Easter Eggs).
Funeral Services will be held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Friday, May 6th at 11:00 am.
In appreciation of the special care and compassion given by the staff and volunteers at Hospice House, the family requests that in lieu of flowers those who wish to do so may send donations to Vernon Hospice House- 3506 27th Ave, Vernon, BC, V1T 4W9.
Arrangements in the care of the Vernon Funeral Home, 545-0155.