Apr 14, 1931 – Mar 9, 2018
Harriet was born on April 14, 1931, the third of five children to Matt and Martha Neilson, in Glasgow, Scotland and passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 9, 2018 in Trail, B.C.
She was predeceased by her husband Alex in 1979, and by her parents, three brothers and sister in Great Britain.
She is survived by her children June (Murray) and Gordon (Karen), her grandchildren Ian (Becca), Sean, Stuart (Jessica), Alex (Bronwyn), and Morgan (Jeff), her great grandchildren Molly, Kaitlyn, and Jack and nieces and nephews in Scotland, England & the USA.
Harriet, Alex, and June moved to Vancouver in 1957 before finally settling in Trail in 1958 where Gordon was born. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother supporting her children and grandchildren in all their pursuits. Even though she initially didn’t understand a lot about the Canadian sports of hockey & baseball, she enjoyed watching her grandsons at their soccer, baseball & hockey games. She was very happy when her granddaughter became a highland dancer. Her grandchildren all agree, she was more than they could have asked for as a grandmother.
She worked at Hodges Jewelers, then at Eaton’s until it closed. After retirement, she enjoyed trips with friends to China, Russia, Hawaii, & a cruise through the Panama Canal. She also made several trips to Great Britain to visit family. By far, her favourite trip was to Australia for her grandson Alex’s wedding.
Over the years she was a mentor to youth – as a Brownie and Guide leader and a Past Bethel Guardian of Job’s Daughters. She was an active community member in the Presbyterian Church and a Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star. She was very proud to be recognized as a lifetime member of Branch #11 of the Royal Canadian Legion.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10:30 am at First Presbyterian Church in Trail with Reverend Meredith Robertson presiding. Interment to follow at Mountainview Cemetery in Rossland.
Gwen Ziprick of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence by visiting the family’s register at www.myalternatives.ca
Special thanks to the staff at Rosewood Village, Harriet’s home for the last few years.
As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society (www.alzheimer.ca) or KRBH Health Foundation (www.krbhhealthfoundation.ca) would be greatly appreciated.
Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services