Nadine Louise Nelson
August 6, 1945 – July 4, 2017
It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Mother and Grandmother Nadine. Nadine was born in Penticton, to Charles and Emma Smethurst, where she spent her childhood running through the orchards surrounding their family home in Naramata with her brother Rodney. Much later on they were both joined by their brother Kelly. After high school graduation Nadine wanted to become a nurse but unfortunately that dream never came to fruition and she eventually settled in at BC Tel as a switch board operator. In 1965 she met her future husband, Reid Nelson, whom she married on July 02, 1966. After a few years Reid and Nadine adopted 2 children, the first being Jason Corey Nelson (Nicole) and a year and a half later came Heidi Denise Nelson ( Todd ). Over the next few years Nadine was heavily involved with the minor softball league, bake sales, science fairs, school carnivals, band field trips, graduation events and most notably the Hope and Chilliwack figure skating clubs. Most will remember the beautiful costumes and dresses she designed and sewed for the annual carnivals for many skaters, including her daughter. Nadine’s love of sewing brought her to join the Chilliwack Quilters guild where she made more quilts than any of us can remember. She also made many prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and a wedding dress, there simply was no end to her talents. In 1992 she joined the Field’s family where she worked her way up through the ranks to assistant manager and made lots of lifelong friends along the way. In 1996 Nadine became a grandmother for the first time with the birth of her grandson Randy Raymond Reid Dillabough. Soon to follow in 1999 came the birth of her second grandson Jesse Riley Nelson. Both grandsons were adored and spoilt by her. Unfortunately, as these things sometime do happen, Reid and Nadine divorced in the early 2000’s and moved on in separate directions. Many years later Nadine met Fred Robinson whom she travelled with at great length over the past few years to numerous places including the Yukon, New Orleans, Nashville, Alaska, New York, Quebec and Nova Scotia. All that know Nadine knew of her amazing garden and flower beds around her home and the great pride that she took in caring for all of them. If she wasn’t sewing, in her garden, tending to her flowers or travelling, Nadine could always be found yelling at a sports team on the television, be it the Canucks, the Blue Jays or any and every sport during the Olympics. Nadine was a shining light in many people’s lives and will always be remembered and missed by all. Always on our minds and forever in our hearts. With all our love Nadine’s Family. *Nadine was cremated, as per her wishes, and her urn was placed in the memorial wall at the Hope Cemetery surrounded by her family on July 17, 2017. A plaque will be added shortly so that all can come to visit her. A celebration of life will be arranged by her family at a later date, in the fall of 2017.