February 20th, 1934 -- November 25th, 2013
It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. To know Nella was to love her. Her kindness, generosity, and compassion towards others touched everyone she met.
Born in Grimaldi, Italy on February 20th 1934, Nella immigrated to Kamloops with her two oldest children Teresa and Ferro, to join her husband, Attilio in 1960
Although orphaned as a young girl who grew up without a mother, Nella was exemplary in her role as a mother , always loving her children without limitations and placing their needs well before her own. Her sense of humour, story- telling, affectionate nature, and love of family will be her legacy.
Mom was a two time cancer survivor , successfully battling Non Hodgkin's lymphoma and breast cancer . Sadly this August she was diagnosed with a brain tumour , an aggressive form, one that not even her tenacious nature could overcome. Mom will always live in our hearts and not a day will pass without her memory bringing a smile to our lips and a tear to our eyes.
Nella is survived by her loving husband Attilio of 61 years, and will live forever in the heart and souls of her six children,13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Ferro(Sandra, Dion, Tyler, and Deidre), Teresa(Zoltan, Natalie, Vanessa, Cailin, Kendra, Deklan), Mario (Marie-Ellen, Sasha), Gino(Lisa, Quinton, Bryce),Maria(Brent, Rachel,Reid),Raffelina(Daryl, Jared, Tyson, Ryan)
Nella was predeceased by her parents, Vincenzo and Raffelina Marrelli, and her first born child Battista, as well as her brothers Giovanni, Antonio, Alberto, Faustino, and Emilio.
She is survived by her 3 sisters, Teresa, Rosetta, Maria and brother Frank, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Prayers will be recited on Sunday December 1st, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. The Reverend Father Peter Nguyen will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at the Church on Monday December 2nd , 2013 at 11:a.m. Entombment will follow at Sage Valley Mausoleum.
The Family would like to thank Dr. Sven Kip, and the dedicated staff of 4n at RIH. .In addition we would also like to extend our deepest gratitude for the care mom received at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home during her brief stay there.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kamloops Hospice Association ,72 Whiteshield Crescent South, Kamloops, B.C. V2E 259 in memory of Nella .