Nellie died peacefully at the MSA Hospital, Abbotsford, B.C. on Tuesday, May 11th, 2004. Born Nellie Rideau Oke on February 28th, 1916 in Oka, Quebec. Her parents, Peter Oke and Mary Simon, died when she was as infant.
Nellie was raised by an aunt and uncle until she was eight. She then lived in the Anglican Church School near Cornwall, ON, joining her three older sisters. Nellie was very proud to be a graduate nurse from the Victoria Hospital, London, ON, class of 1940.
Nellie met Bob while nursing at the Chooutla School in Carcross, Yukon. They were married in Carcross on April 26, 1943.
For the next 16 years, Nellie nursed at the Whitehorse General Hospital. She was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Whitehorse Chapter.
From 1959 to 1982 Nellie was Bob’s partner, running their store in Carcross. She nursed part-time with Public Health for this village.
In 1990 Nellie and Bob retired to Abbotsford, B.C., enjoying living in their condo community.
Nellie was predeceased by her seven siblings. She leaves to mourn Douglas, her brother-in-law with wife Janet, Janie and Larry Brown, and many nieces and nephews and their families.
There will be a graveside service at the Masonic Cemetery, 4305 Halifax St., Burnaby, B.C., Saturday, May 22nd at 2:00 p.m.