February 14, 1930 – October 3, 2021
Pat (Patricia) Nichol died peacefully on October 3, 2021. She departed with the love and comfort of family and friends in her final days.
Pat was born on February 14, 1930 in Shelton, Washington. She was raised in Kaslo, BC where she completed high school before moving to Calgary to attend business college. Following college, she worked at the courthouse in Quesnel where she met Archie. They were married in Kaslo on May 20, 1953. After living in Penticton, Kamloops, and Vernon they settled in Ashcroft in 1957, developing many special friendships and raising their two children, Ross and Heather.
Pat was a dedicated receptionist for many years at the medical clinic in Ashcroft. She could often be seen riding her bicycle to and from work and around town. She enjoyed curling, skating, cross-country skiing, Tai Chi and playing cards with friends. Pat had a creative flair and loved decorating, whether it was the house for themed costume parties or decorating her little red Morris Minor convertible for the Ashcroft Stampede parade. She loved all plants, indoor and outdoor, and created a beautiful garden where she spent many happy hours. She shared the abundant harvest of fruit and vegetables, fresh and preserved, with others to enjoy throughout the year.
Pat enjoyed travelling. She and Archie had some wonderful trips abroad, and many local trips in their motorhome, camping and fishing on their own or with family and good friends. Pat recorded many of the good times on her video camera. She and others enjoyed the memories these videos provided, especially in the last few years.
In 2012 Pat and Archie moved to Ridgepointe Retirement residence in Kamloops where they reacquainted with some old friends and made new ones. In 2018, as their needs changed, they moved to Kamloops Seniors Village. In recent years Pat faced health challenges, which she bravely lived with and adapted to, always making the best of her changing situation.
Pat was a loving wife and mother, a friend to many, a good neighbour, and welcomed everyone to their home. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered for her generous and kind spirit, her caring ways and interest in others, her positive energy and sense of fun, and her love of simple pleasures in life. Pat was predeceased by her husband Archie in 2019 and is survived by her son Ross (Patti), daughter Heather (Tom), her sister Heather, and many nieces and nephews and their families.
Mom, you will always be in our hearts.
The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to Mom’s friends and care providers for their kindness and support. Thank you to the Kamloops Seniors Village staff and the many others who helped Mom so much as her needs increased.
We are hoping to have a celebration of Pat’s life and placement of Pat and Archie’s urns in Ashcroft in the Spring.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.schoeningfuneralservice
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