August 28, 1918 – April 13, 2015
Our amazing and beloved mom, grandma and great-grandma (Baba) passed away after a short illness on Monday, April 13, 2015 at the age of 96½, surrounded by her loving family. Stella was predeceased by her devoted husband, Norman, in July 1986. She was the last surviving sibling of the original Matlock family. She is survived by her children: Allen (Sandi), Linda (Lennie) Tweed, Ruth (Dave) Morse; 6 grandchildren, Bryn, Alandra, Danielle, Steven, Ryan and Andrea; and 8 great-grandchildren. She also leaves many nieces and nephews who were still an important part of her life. Stella was born Aug. 28, 1918 in Hazel Dell, SK in the one-room cabin her dad had built in 1912. She grew up on a farm, the 5th of 6 children and this is where her work ethic really emerged. At age 13 her mother became ill and Stella took over running the household. At age 16 Stella moved to Chelan, SK and for the next few years did various jobs and met her future husband, Norman. She and Norman were married January 5, 1944 and immediately boarded a train and moved to BC to start their new life in Allenby. Their 3 children were born in nearby Princeton. When the mine mill closed in July 1957 they moved to Hope where they bought their first house which Stella turned into a loving home. Here they raised their children and fostered many stray animals. Stella lived there until March 2012 when the Bradley Centre in Chilliwack became her new home. Stella lived her life with determination, humour and generosity. She never complained and always made the best of whatever life brought her. Stella was always trying to make life better for those around her. Stella’s family would like to thank the staff of the Bradley Centre who treated her with love, kindness and, most of all, respect. Thank you as well to Dr. Nyirenda, Dr. Brodie, and the nurses and staff of the Fraser Canyon and Chilliwack Hospitals. She was truly loved and will be forever remembered and missed by those who knew her. A Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church Anglican, 681 Fraser Ave., Hope at 2:00 pm Sat., April 18, 2015. Martin Bros. Funeral Chapel, Hope BC, in charge of arrangements.