It is with great love and sadness that we announce the passing of Florence Verigin, formerly of Slocan Park, B.C. Florence passed away at Mountain Lakes Senior’s Community in Nelson on March 9, 2012, at the age of 89.
Florence spent her life as a homemaker and farmer in the Slocan Valley. She enjoyed gardening and was sought out for purchase of her various dairy products. She had a great love of animals and considered her dairy cows her pets, along with her dogs, cats, and in earlier years, Percheron horses and chickens. She was an active member of the community giving freely of her time to teach Sunday school, help organize fall fairs and contribute to a cooking group which prepared meals at traditional Russian events. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will always be remembered as a gentle soul with a unique purity of heart.
She is survived by her children, Robert Verigin (Laverne), Rosemary Doyle (Pat) and Laurie Hlookoff (Joe); grandchildren Brian Hlookoff (Christina); Jamie Doyle (Sean); Alex Doyle; great granddaughter, Daphne Hlookoff; niece Edna Chernoff and nephews Sid Malakoff; Peter, Andy and Tim Chernoff, and companion of many years Pete Elasoff. Florence is predeceased by her husband Sam P. Verigin and her sisters Anne Chernoff and Helen Malakoff.
A traditional Russian service was held in Slocan Park Community Hall on March 15, 2012 with internment at the Slocan Park Cemetery.
The families wish to thank everyone who sent flowers, gifts, cards, food and their kind words of sympathy and prayers; your support was felt and greatly appreciated. Our extended gratitude to Sid Malakoff for officiating the service, Bill Strilaeff of Castlegar Funeral Chapel, Leonard Markin, Violet Popoff, Peter Barisoff and all the cooks and cemetery helpers as well as Dr. Janz, Dr. R. Milde and Dr. Barber who provided exceptional care to mom in her later years.
Special and heartfelt thanks to all the caregivers and nurses at Mountain Lakes Seniors Community for their compassionate loving care of our Mother. God bless you all.
We will miss you mom. May you rest in peace.