Linda greeted the world – on September 17, 1955, with a smile which became the foundation by which she embraced all people in life, to her passing, December 31, 2010.
Linda grew up in Raspberry Village surrounded by family and relatives whom she held close to her heart. Years later Linda described her childhood as “the most amazing journey for a young girl to navigate”. She loved piano, school band, softball, and swimming. Her devotion to Russian and Sunday school, and singing led her to becoming a, Sunday, Russian and Preschool teacher within her devout Doukhobor upbringing. Joining the SHSS Doukhobor Youth Choir and singing a cappella solidified her deep love for all forms of music and song.
As an LPN, she worked at Talarico Place. Her commitment to care and nurturing was strong in relationships she had with those under her care. She also held a Diploma with Honours in Business Administration.
Linda embraced her primary role as a mother in life to her two children. She skated, skied, and swam, golfed, played softball along side with them. She was their coach, their chauffeur, playmate, teacher and mentor. Anything Linda taught them was always mixed with a life lesson and huge dose of fun and light hearted laughter.
Linda’s five grandchildren were her “north, south, east, west, her working week and Sunday rest”. She taught them through song, laughter, play, adventure, discovery, sprinkled with gentle lessons, and soft wisdom.
Linda was intrinsically proud of her Doukhobor beliefs. She held a lifelong desire to learn and understand the gift of her heritage, its foundation and the great leaders of wisdom and hope. This was the basis by which she lived her life.
She is survived in eternal memory by her children, Jeremy and Jasmine Drazdoff. Her precious grandchildren, Kayla, Ely, Annika, Wesley and Myles. Her beloved parents, Alex and Nancy Pereverzoff; Linda’s ever loving siblings: Sister Bonnie and brother-in-law James Warner; her brothers: Doug Pereverzoff; Neil Pereverzoff and Natasha Jmaeff; and their families.
Our family has not walked alone on this path to say farewell to Linda. We give our humble thanks to all who embraced and supported us in this unexpected journey.
Our deepest respect and gratitude to John J. Verigin, Jr., to Laura and all the Verigin family for your genuine sympathy and support, your comforting words, devotion and spiritual guidance to our family.
We are deeply moved by the manner in which Peter Zaytsoff, Linda’s cousin and friend presided over her beautiful service. Our heartfelt thanks to her dearest friend, Evelyn Voykin who never left Linda’s side during her life, through her illness, the service and ever after.
Thank you to all our relatives and friends for the loving support you gave us. To all who telephoned, sent cards, telegrams and visited our home and helped in so many ways. To all who brought the delicious food and beautiful flowers – we are forever touched and overwhelmed by your kindness.
To the psalm singers, John and Mary Tarasoff, the Babakaeff sisters, The Friends in Harmony Choir and especially Linda’s Little Children and all those whose melodic voices lifted our spirits and put music in our hearts. To those who shared poems, stories and memories of Linda and specifically Barbie Kalmakoff who spoke so kindly on behalf of Linda’s co-workers at Talarico Place.
We give thanks to our hardworking Brilliant Cooking Group, for the outstanding meal you prepared for us. To the Kootenay Men’s Group for making a very soft bed for Linda’s final resting place. To the casket bearers, gravediggers and Kalesnikoff Sawmill for their donation of lumber. To Dr. Kirk McCarroll, and Dr. Elizabeth Thompson for the tender care you gave Linda during her brief illness. To Bill Strilaeff and staff of the Castlegar Funeral Chapel for your kind and gracious manner in fulfilling our every request.
We give thanks and our deep gratitude to all the donations received in Linda’s memory toward Isrka, John J. Verigin Memorial Fund and the Talarico Place Memorial Garden in honour of Linda. The Pereverzoff/Drazdoff Family.