Septemeber 1, 1935 – January 16, 2021
at the age of 85 years
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear Mother, Barbara Anne Nelson on January 16, 2021 at the age of 85. She is survived by her three children, Debbie (Steve) Pakka, Corinne (Gary) Gray, Michael Nelson, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and youngest brother, Bill Cousins. She was predeceased by her daughter Wendy, grandson Jared, her parents and three siblings Nora, Mike and Richard (Dick).
She was recently predeceased by her husband Mike after 62 years of marriage.
Mom was a gentle soul, kind and compassionate, with just the right amount of spunk and feistiness. She enjoyed a good laugh and made the best of every situation. Life wasn’t always easy for her but she accepted her “lot in life” graciously. Mom’s interest in other people’s accomplishments was always evident. She was sincerely “in awe” of other people’s talents and if you received her praise it was genuine and from the heart! Mom was naturally humble about her own abilities and even though she was very talented at gardening and landscaping, she preferred to acknowledge the skills of others instead.
Mom was strong and resilient in trying times and could always find “the silver lining” in any situation. She was an extraordinary Mother who left an incredible legacy.
She grew up as a child on an acreage in Kelowna. She had a very happy childhood roaming free on the Orchard, enjoying the “good life” of yesteryear.
She was never one to shy away from hard work, spending many days helping her Dad pick apples, then later extending her tireless work ethic to the nursing profession, a career that spanned over 40 years as a Registered Nurse. She was perfect for the vocation as it allowed her sweet disposition and caring nature to shine through.
She married our Dad, Mike Nelson, in 1957 and had four children in quick succession, one of whom predeceased her at the tender age of 24. This was hard on our family and understandably left a hole in Mom’s heart forever.
Mom always did her best to “be there for us” even in those crazy years of working full time at the hospital while simultaneously running a Motel with her husband! How she juggled it all we will never know but we do know it’s a testament to her perseverance, dedication and sheer will power to do a job (sometimes two!) and do them well! In her retirement years she had more time for hobbies and of course, true to her nature, she chose to “give back”. She volunteered at the Red Cross, the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Salmon Arm Thrift store. Her church family at the Cornerstone Christian Reformed Church was very important to her and she made many friends there. Mom loved communicating with relatives and friends, and to her delight, her phone rang often!
We want to deeply thank those wonderful souls who rushed to Mom’s aid before the ambulance arrived. We appreciate you immensely! We gratefully acknowledge the paramedics, doctors and nursing staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital. Your medical expertise and caring concern were invaluable to us. And last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank everyone at the Shuswap Lodge where Mom resided. To Mom, you weren’t just “residents and staff,” you were extended family! Each and every one of you! In Mom’s honour and in lieu of flowers a donation to the Shuswap Lodge in Mom’s name would be greatly appreciated.
“To the World you may be one person, but to one person you may be the World”