Stella Marie Mickelson
We the six children of Stella Marie Mickelson mourn the sudden loss of our mother on Friday, September 24, 2010 at the Invermere Hospital. She passed away peacefully a few short weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. Mom was born August 20, 1925 in Maidstone, SK but has spent most of the years since 1954 here in the Columbia Valley.
She was employed in the Christmas tree harvesting industry and as camp cook for the Guides and Outfitters from Invermere and Cranbrook for many years. Her last place of employment was as prep cook and baker at Brandi’s Restaurant in Radium before her retirement. She was known to her many friends and relatives for her terrific sense of humour right up to her last days.
Mother was predeceased by her spouse, John Mickelson of Eckville, AB on July 29, 2009. She is survived by her six children, Marie Virginia, Eugene Edward, Judith Anne, James Michael, Linda Gale and Sharon Lynne; all here in the valley. She has 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren from Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Calgary, AB to the West Coast, Columbia Valley, Okanagan, Trail and to White Salmon, WA.
She is also survived by two sisters, Madeline Dolan of Kelowna and Ida Miller of Unity, SK. and her god-child Pat LeTroy of White Rock, B.C.
There will be a graveside service at the Invermere Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2010 where her ashes will be interred with her youngest sister, Theresa Wells (Wenger) according to her wishes. Tea will be served at the Edgewater Legion from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. after the service.
A special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Invermere and Cranbrook hospitals for their kindness and devotion shown our mother during her brief stay.
Thanks also to all the friends and relatives who visited Mom and kept her smiling and laughing.
God bless everyone.
The Mickelson Family.