Apr 7, 1932 – Apr 1, 2018
It is with sad hearts we announce that Celia left us on April 1, 2018 to be reunited with her husband of 55 years Bill, and their beloved son Brent.
Celia was born in Brilliant, BC to Anne and Peter Zooopkow. Soon after they settled in Glendon, AB, and it is there where Celia spent most of her childhood along with siblings Peter, Mary, Vivian and Ruby. Her homestead still stands today, a true testament of the family’s strength and resilience. In 1953 Celia married the love of her life Bill, and they spent time in Fort McMurray and Edmonton before relocating to Port Coquitlam in 1969 where they raised their children Brent and Pam, and Celia was a long term employee at the District of Coquitlam in the payroll department.
Family was the most important thing to Celia. So many friends and memories were made through traveling to Brent’s many hockey tournaments, and Pam’s years in ringette and fastball. When the family wasn’t at the ice rink or at the ball park, they would be out camping, the favourite spot being at Cultus Lake. Celia was her happiest when surrounded by her family. She was a selfless, generous sweet soul, taking very little time for herself, and always putting her children first.
In 1997 Bill and Celia moved to 100 Mile House to anxiously away the birth of their first grandchild. Now as amazing of a mom Celia was, she absolutely thrived at being a Grandma. She was a constant fixture at both the soccer field and the hockey rink, rarely missing a game. Her grandchildren were spoiled with many sleepovers, and the favourite pastimes were climbing the tree in the back yard and raiding Grandma’s strawberry patch! They were so blessed to have such a special relationship with their Grandma.
Many priceless times were had at Loon Bay Resort at Sheridan Lake on our annual family and friends camping trip. She loved to sit on the veranda of her cabin, wathching all the kids play and listening to the loons. And all the kids wore a path in the dirt, biking to Grandma’s cabin for treats. Celia’s other passion was her yard. Everyone in the neighbourhood enjoyed her beautiful gardens and her immaculate lawn. Any dandelion or mushroom that dared to rear its head in her yard was swiftly dealt with.
Celia is survived by her sister Mary Odowichuk, daughter Pam Easton, son in law Scott Easton, granddaughters Megan (Keaton) and Karlie Easton and grandson Adam Sandulac. She was also loved by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Our family would sincerely like to thank everyone involved in Celia’s care, helping her through the struggles of her last couple years with respect and compassion. Care Free Manor, 100 Mile Hospital, and E Wing, your kindness will not be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers please plant a beautiful flower this spring and pull a weed in Celia’s memory
Rest easy mom, the loons are calling and your boys are waiting….
Cariboo Chilcotin Funeral Service Ltd. entrusted with the arrangements.
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