It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, Nana and Great Nana Eleanor Doreen Larssen (nee Sandberg) on March 5, 2016. She was born at her parents homestead farm in Waldo B.C., on April 5, 1927, the youngest of 12 children. She attended Victoria Normal School obtaining her teaching certificate. An avid life-long learner, she later completed her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education at the University of British Columbia.
Eleanor was predeceased in 2007 by Harold, her husband of 57 years. She is survived by her 3 children; David (Anne), Beverley (Tim) and Norah (Doug) and six grandchildren; Beverley and Eric, Emma and Tianda, Brooke (Simon, great grandson Landon) and Luree. She is also survived by her brother Albert (Susan) and many loving nieces and nephews.
Eleanor was a dedicated teacher who embraced pupils and co-workers alike in a career of 37 years. She was a positive and enthusiastic educator and mentor to the many children she taught. Mom’s passion in life was music and she was a beautiful pianist. She was a talented knitter and crafter, and an outdoor enthusiast. She was an active community member volunteering for numerous worthy causes. Support of disadvantaged children was a long term cause particularly close to her heart.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jim Noiles for the outstanding, exceptionally compassionate care he provided to Mom for many years. The family thanks Vivian Kindom and her staff of La Viva Seniors for the love and respect shown to Mom. Also thank you to the kind and empathetic staff at Jubilee Manor where she had been a resident for the past 3 years.
In the last years of her life she showed remarkable strength and courage.
A celebration of Eleanor’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, you may consider making a donation in her memory to the Parkinsons’ Society.