It is with sad hearts that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our beloved Lecia at Vancouver General Hospital on November 2, 2016 with her family at her side. She is deeply missed. As a loving wife, mother, grandmother (baba) and aunt, her caring and giving nature made her the core of our family.
Lecia lived life with uncompromising courage. She was an educator, grower, nurturer, and devoted friend. It was in her garden where she was happiest, enjoying blueberries and strawberries with her family—saving the ripest berries for her grandkids.
Lecia was born on August 3, 1935, in Shoal Lake, Manitoba and grew up in her home town of Oakburn. She attended the University of Manitoba graduating with a Home Economics Degree. She began her working career as a hospital Dietician in Winnipeg and later moved west to British Columbia, ultimately settling in Nelson, BC with her family. She then entered the teaching profession, obtaining a Master of Education in Special Education from Gonzaga University in Spokane. She spent 17 years with School District #7—patiently guiding students along their unique paths.
Lecia had passions and interests in many areas. Vegetables, fruits and nuts were all carefully tended to in the backyard, with each fresh item making its way to a delicious meal that she would lovingly prepare. She spent countless hours canning and freezing garden produce for her family to enjoy during the winter months. Piano, accordion, mandolin and singing were also very strong passions of hers—a love that she transferred to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, playing the lottery, and reading her horoscope. More than anything, she loved to stay connected with family and close friends, and took an avid interest in their pursuits.
Lecia was incredibly generous and kind, and she touched many lives. She is survived and deeply missed by her husband Bill; her four children: Bill (Linda, daughters Katie, Sarah and Jenna), Wendy (Dave, daughters Alecia and Oksana, and son Mike), Mike (Glenda, sons Nicholas and Charlie, and daughter Anna), and Taras; her brother Len (Gail, daughters Nicole and Jodi, and son Stefan); her extended family; and many, many friends.
Heartfelt thanks are extended to staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital, Boundary Regional Hospital Renal Department, St. Paul’s Renal Unit in Vancouver, and Vancouver General Hospital ICU, for the compassionate and thorough care given to Lecia.
A celebration of life will be held this coming summer with a specific date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lecia’s memory can be made to Kootenay Lake Hospital, Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Renal Unit, St. Paul’s Renal Unit in Vancouver, or to a charity of your choice.