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Daria Kanigan (nee Tarasoff)

October 10, 2023


April 23, 1936 - October 10, 2023

In Loving Memory ~

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Daria Kanigan, 87, in Nelson, BC, on October 10, 2023.

Daria was born in Nelson, BC to John and Florence Tarasoff on April 23, 1936. The youngest of four children, she was raised in Crescent Valley.

At age 23, she married Edgar Kanigan. They made their home in Taghum, raising their children Natalie and Ed. Although their marriage didn't last, they remained friends until her passing.

Daria was a homemaker and helped provide childcare for her grandchildren while they were growing up. She had a large garden and was a marvelous cook. Later, she worked at Alicia's Restaurant, then Walmart, before retiring in 2001.

Daria eventually moved to Nelson, finding joy in her independence. She took great pride in her home and found peace in surrounding herself with flowers, family and good food. Her love of animals saw her care for many over the years, most recently her cat, Circe.

She loved to listen to music, and always enjoyed a rousing game of Yahtzee and a good political debate. Having always loved the romance of traveling, she was able to visit Holland, Spain, Morocco, Portugal and France.

Daria's kind, loving and generous nature gave her the opportunity to love deeply and focus on the positive. She supported us through our darkest moments and celebrated all of our achievements. She was honored to be Baba to her grandchildren and relished in her role as a great-grandmother. Her sense of humor brought light to our lives, and her passing leaves an immense void in our hearts.

Daria was predeceased by her father John Tarasoff, her mother Florence Tarasoff (nee Markin), her brothers Fred and Andrew, and her son Raymond.

She is survived by her brother, John (Mary) Tarasoff, daughter Natalie Dekok (Al Lapierre), and son Ed Kanigan; grandchildren Heather Giesler and Darryl (Lisa) de Kok; her great grandchildren Hailey and Paige Giesler, and Lily de Kok, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She also held a special place in her heart for her dear friends Helen Swetlishoff and Elsie Chernoff, who were like sisters to her.

Daria will be interred at the Krestova Cemetery in the spring during a private service for immediate family.

May she find eternal peace.

"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure." — Unknown

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