Pauline Conkin of Castlegar B.C. passed away on Friday July 3, 2009 at Talarico Place at the age of 78 years.
Pauline is survived by her three children; eldest son Michael of Calgary, daughter Shirley Giles of Castlegar and son Donald (Terry) of Calgary, as well as seven grandchildren, one great grandchild. She will be sadly missed by her two brothers, William (Polly) of Thrums, Steve (Nina) of Salmo, sister Sharon (Gaton) of Fernie and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her husband George on September 16, 1992, father Pete on June 17, 1981 and mother Helen on August 3, 2001.
Pauline was born on August 23, 1930 to parents Pete and Helen Tarasoff in Thrums. She is the eldest of four children. Her childhood, bringing up and schooling was in the thrums area. She met and married George Conkin of South Slocan in 1949, after their marriage, they lived in many places throughout the Kootenays and Alberta. In 1960 they returned back to the Kootenays, building their final home and hobby farm in Thrums, raising chickens, cows, fruits and vegetables. They were both a very active and hard working couple. George’s work in the trades took him away from home a lot of time, which left Pauline with many chores and hard work.
She never complained, was always happy and content with what she was doing. This was her way of life. Then in September of 1992, George suddenly passed away of a heart attack leaving Pauline with all the burdens and hurdles of life to cope with. She never gave up and just kept on going. Pauline was always a giver sharing what ever she had with family, friends, neighbours and even strangers who happened to drop in. She was a people person who loved company and entertaining, was very outgoing and had many friends. Pauline always participated and volunteered in all community projects and affairs as long as she was able to. She was a very devoted mother and grandmother who loved her family and was always concerned and willing to help those in need before herself. Then in the past few years she developed some health and medical problems which really set her back in her ability to continue with her active life but she never let her spirits down but just learned to live and cope in the best way that she could with the help of her family and friends.
She will be missed by all her family and friends.
May she rest in Peace in God’s Heavenly Kingdom.