Sadly the family of Nellie Voikin of Ootischenia wishes to announce her passing, at The Castleview Care Centre on September 8, 2012, blessed with 93 years of life.
Nellie was born in Ootischenia, BC on September 27, 1918 and was raised, along with her siblings Walter, Cecil and Vera, by parents Polly and Cecil Kanigan.
Nellie married Alec Voikin on February 14, 1940 and lived in Ootischenia where they raised their children Nettie and Nancy. After Nellie’s husband’s passing in 1988, she continued to reside in her own home, with the exception of the last 5 yrs, when ill health necessitated a move to Castleview. Nellie’s entire life was devoted to her home, family and community. She was blessed with a love of life and a deep faith, a faith that she continually instilled in her loved ones.
Nellie enjoyed the beauty of her vegetable and flower gardens, and toiled as long as she could in the outdoors. When health no longer permitted gardening, her talented hands found a place, knitting a vast array of socks, mittens, blankets and doilies.
Nellie was the revered matriarch of our family. She instilled in each of us the need to maintain healthy family ties. She was always able to gather her ladies for tea, for visiting, for singing and chatting, always with the intent of strengthening these existing family connections.
We love her dearly and will always treasure the values she has left. Nellie will be remembered for her wisdom, love and generosity.
She was predeceased by her parents, Cecil and Polly Kanigan; her husband Alec; her older brother Walter and his wife Nellie; her younger brother Cecil and his wife Polly and by her daughter Nancy’s husband, Harry Vanjoff.
She leaves to mourn her, her beloved daughters, Nettie Kazakoff and her husband, Peter; her daughter Nancy Vanjoff; her sister Vera Voykin and her husband Harry; her grandchildren: Audrey Repin and her husband Peter; Peter Kazakoff Jr. and his partner Jeannette Skinner; Tamara Ogloff and her husband Rob; Taresa Podovinikoff and her friend Nikita Malloff; seven great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
Arrangements were in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel.
Funeral Services were officiated by Mike W. Kanigan and were held at The Brilliant Cultural Centre on
September 13, 2012 followed by internment at
the Ootischenia Community Cemetery.