THIESSEN, Louella Marie

It is with great sadness that the family of Louella Thiessen announces her passing, after a long illness – on November 12th, 2014 at the age of 63. Louella Marie Thiessen was born to the late Nick and Hilda Thiessen, April 9th, 1951 in Powell River, BC. Louella graduated from Max Cameron High School in 1969. She attended Bible College in North Vancouver for a year in 1970. Then, in 1972, she volunteered with the YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Ministry and traveled to Germany for training and then spent 6 mos serving in Africa. Subsequently, in 1977, she graduated from BCIT as a Registered Nurse, and spent the next 15 yrs working in various hospitals in BC. On October 23, 1983 she married Paul Waldo Thiessen. Their continued devotion to each other is an enduring testament of love and commitment. In 1992, due to a back injury, Louella was forced to quit nursing, the profession she loved. In the years following, together with Paul, they became foster parents. For 22 years more than 35 children and adults lived in their home and experienced a mother’s love and the wonderful compassion and joy that Louella poured into each of their lives – some for a short while and others continue to this day. Louella indeed possessed the rare ability to open her heart and her home to anyone who was in need. This is truly her legacy. Louella will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 31 years, Paul, and her remaining sister, Eileen (nee: Brown). She is predeceased by her parents, Nick and Hilda Thiessen, a baby brother (Danny Roy) and a baby sister (Judy Marie). Louella will also be forever remembered by her many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and her many foster children. A Memorial Service will be

held at St. Matthews Anglican Church on Tuesday November 25 at 11:00 AM.

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