It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Aina Marie Strom at the age of 77. Aina left us on November 3, 2014 in Creston BC. She was born to the late Arvid and Aina Strom in Nelson BC on January 30, 1937. Along with her parents, Aina was greeted in heaven by two brothers Edward and John. Aina was also preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Buzz (Charles) Buchanan, infant nieces Lenore Elen and Karen, nephew, Kenneth Strom, and a great niece Jennifer Strom. She is survived by her sisters Linda Buchanan, Linea (Dwight) Jones, and her brothers Carl (Lorraine) Strom, Einar (Roswitha) Strom and Bill Strom and sister-in-law Myrna. Aina is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.
Aina came to earth with a special purpose, to remind those around her to enjoy the simple things in life. Aina enjoyed social interaction and loved to be the centre of attention. When meeting a new niece or nephew she would ask how to spell their name and also wanted to know their birthdate. On the next visit, she would remind us that she remembered the information as it was important to her to keep track of her family as it continued to grow.
Aina had a kind heart and a contagious smile and readily agreed to participate in whatever was asked of her, with a grin and a nod.
For the last 33 years, Aina had the privilege of residing in group home settings in Creston, BC. First the Endicott Centre and then later moved to Purcell Place. Aina was able to blossom under the care and attention of dedicated staff who quite often ‘went the extra mile’. We are sincerely thankful to you. We would also like to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Aina during her final days and ensured she was comfortable. Aina will be greatly missed by those who knew her.