Elaine Mae McNicol

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Elaine McNicol. She died peacefully on April 9, 2016 at the Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock surrounded by her children. She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh Glen (Jack) McNicol, and her second husband, Wallace Mullin as well as her mother, Hannah McDonald (nee Botterill), father, Ervin Austin McDonald and brothers Douglas and Jim. She is survived by all her children, Bruce (Lynda), Glen (Sue), Wayne (Arlene) and Barbara (John) Sturdy; 13 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and her sister and friend, Ruth (Fred) Roberts. She was born in North Vancouver May 27, 1923 and lived her entire life in B.C. Her BC ancestry dates back to the 1860’s in South Cariboo through the pioneering McDonald, Botterill and Walker families. Her first years were spent on the McDonald family ranch at Lac de Roches before moving to Trail, Fruitvale, and Robson where she grew up. After going to Normal School in Vancouver she received her teacher’s certificate. Her first job was teaching in a one room school in the small hamlet of Johnson’s Landing. There she met her husband Jack McNicol, married and started a family. They moved to the Castlegar area in 1950 to raise their family. Elaine taught for many years at the Kinnaird Elementary School. She and Jack provided their children with a home of love, dignity, respect, integrity and honour. Upon retirement Elaine and Jack moved to the lower mainland. After Jack’s death in 1978 she started volunteer driving for the BC Cancer Agency where she met Wally Mullin whom she subsequently married. They spent many years together enjoying square dancing and trailering – she always loved camping. Elaine was a woman with a fine intellect and a remarkable memory. She was an avid reader, life-long learner and active member of her church. Despite having lived through the hardships of the Great Depression and the Second World War, Elaine would say she had a good life. She will be buried with Jack at the Kaslo Cemetery.

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