Goldie (GeRoy) Luini passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at Queen Victoria Hospital, Revelstoke a month short of her 85th birthday. She lived courageously with cancer for over two years.
Goldie was born on a farm near Carmangay, Alberta on March 14, 1924, the younger of two children. Her prairie upbringing taught her a strong work ethic and a sense of integrity. After completing school in Carmangay, Goldie worked for two years in Lethbridge. She met John at a dance in the Crowsnest Pass and they married September 1, 1945. The couple moved to Calgary a couple of years later where they raised their three children. Though her growing family was always the center of her life, Goldie also loved golfing in her younger years, was an avid gardener, and enjoyed camping, boating and reading. After retiring, she and John moved to Revelstoke in 1980. There they took in many of the musical evenings at Grizzly Plaza and spent several enjoyable days roaming through the surrounding mountains picking mushrooms and huckleberries, followed by relaxing dips at Canyon Hot Springs. A favourite outing in recent years was enjoying a mocha and the crossword puzzle at the A&W with special friend, Aki. Her children and grandchildren consider Goldie the heart and soul of their close family. She had the gift of creating a loving, happy, home where relatives and friends felt welcome and dropped in frequently. Often her table stretched to include last minute dinner guests. She was adopted as a second mother by many who affectionately called her “Mom Goldie”.
She will be sorely missed by her three children, Cheryl Campbell (Glen), Debra Carroll (Bill), and Timothy Luini (Karen), by her treasured grandchildren James Campbell (Amber), Rebecca Rossi (Anthony), and Robert and Janelle Luini, as well as by her numerous relatives and friends. Goldie was predeceased by her beloved husband, John, in 2001, and by her sister, Iris (GeRoy) Rhodes, in 2000. She will be remembered for her gentle kindness, her love of family and pets, and for her strong sense of values.
Warmest thanks are extended to everyone who has so kindly supported Goldie and her family over the last several months, to her Community Care workers, to the staff at Queen Victoria Hospital, and to the kind volunteers of the Revelstoke Hospice Society. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Fellowship Baptist Church, Revelstoke on Thursday afternoon, February 26th, 2009 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Arlyss Peters officiating. Cremation.
Memorial contributions in memory of Goldie may be made to the Revelstoke Hospice Society, Box 3133, Revelstoke, B.C. V0E 2S0.