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Rose Greavison

Rose Greavison (nee Golac), of Nelson, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2012.   She was born on August 25, 1927 in her family’s home on Bealby Rd. in Nelson to parents Kuzma and Ursula Golac immigrants from Grizane, Croatia.   Her father came to Nelson in 1912 and her mother & brother Blaise (Bob) joined him in Nelson after the First World War.   Rose and her family resided on their home places on Bealby Road throughout her life.  

She attended Hume School and Nelson’s Junior and Senior High Schools.  After completing Grade Thirteen in Nelson, she attended Normal School in Victoria, and became a teacher. She taught school in Slocan Park and then Crescent Valley; she loved teaching especially playing the piano and singing with her talented Russian students.  While teaching she met her husband Walter when he was guarding her school and teacherage. They married, settling in Crescent Valley for a short time before buying the house & property adjacent to her parents & brother in 1952.   She kept busy there, raising three children, gardening, and working at home as a bookkeeper for her brother’s contracting business.   

Rose always enjoyed hiking, fishing & camping with her husband and family at the many mountain lakes in the area.   When her health prevented her from these pursuits she turned to gardening and bird watching.  She was also a lifelong learner, being a voracious reader on a diversity of topics.   Rose was known for her kindness and generosity to her friends and family and also several dozen charities she donated to every year. 

Rose is survived by her husband of 61 years, Walter, her sons Ronald (Nadya), Raymond and her daughter Elizabeth (Betty) McDermott; grandchildren Erik & Curtis Greavison and Rob & Jenny McDermott.  

The family would like to thank all the health care workers that helped Rose through her illnesses and hospital stays.   Funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., April 5 at Thompson Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Asthma Society of Canada or the
Canadian Cancer Society.

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Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

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