HORKOFF, PATSY POLLY Friday, 13 Jun 2014
Patsy Polly Horkoff was born on April 22th, 1936 in Grand Forks, B.C. to the Doukhobor family of Vasya and Polly (Novakshonoff) Pudmoreff. The Pudmoreff family lived in the Doukhobor Ootischenia Community of the Kootenay area and that is where Patsy grew-up and received her upbringing. She was the middle child of a family of three children – sisters Mary and Lucy. Their family lived in the village which was located in the middle of their Ootischenia Community and in that village lived the families of Gretchens, potapoffs, Zarikoffs and Masloffs.
Patsy received her limited English language education in the school which was located not too far from their village and also studied the Russian language which was provided by their community members. Her memorable Russian teachers were Laura Makortoff and Alexsandar Fyodordvich Zuckerberg.
There were many neighbouring villages in their community, therefore Patsy grew-up with many friends her age. Within their midst, older boys and girls were always present from whom they observed and received guidance. From an early age she took part in sports and cultural activities. In her teen years Patsy participated in their community evening youth meetings and it’s choir. She was also a member of a specially organized choir, “Khor Priziva”, which performed at local communities and for the English public in Trail, B.C.
In her younger years, Patsy worked at different places – picking cherries in Robson, B.C., gathering berries in Creston, B.C., and working in the vegetable fields in Grand Forks, B.C. Patsy also worked for three years at the facility for elders – Mt. Saint Frances in Nelson, B.C.
In 1958 Patsy met a young lad named, George William Horkoff. They fell in love and on April 4th, 1959, they were united in marriage. For the first years together, they lived with George’s parents; Bill and Mary Horkoff, while they were building themselves their home on Carson Road in Grand Forks, B.C.
They were blessed with three daughters – Gail, Nina and Tammy. Patsy together with George looked after their home, yard and garden. After their children were grown and set out on their own, Patsy worked at several places – Malloff Hardware Store, Yale Restaurant and as a custodian at the Grand Forks school system.
She was a life-long member of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ and a member of their local community Christyakoyoe, where she took part in their youth evening meetings and other activities. In earlier times, Patsy served on the children Sunday school committee and for two years dedicated her time as a teacher at their spiritual meetings. For many years, Patsy together with George were members in the youth choir which later was renamed the ‘Friendship Choir’. The choir preformed locally, yearly at the Youth Festivals, also performed concerts in Calgary, Vancouver and in the Okanagan. The choir recorded several long-playing albums. Patsy served on the U.S.C.C. Ladies Cooking Group and Ladies Bread Committee. In later years, her and George were members of the U.S.C.C. Psalmist Choir, where they took part in different organizational activities and assistance at funeral services.
In 1981, Patsy and George were faced with an even of tragic proportions when their daughter Tammy suffered life changing injuries after a car accident with her friends. Patsy and George put all their efforts into helping Tammy acquire the best treatment for her including a suggestion to seek help from doctors in Moscow, Russia. The family was able to make success and after consultation with specialists, it was recommended that Tammy live in Vancouver where she will be close to her doctors and the special care she requires.
In the year of 2000, Patsy retired. Her and George sold their home on Carson Road and moved to the Riverside Apartments. In her retirement, on many occasions she visited her daughter Tammy and also the rest of her children and grandchildren.
Patsy devoted twelve year, serving for the Boundary Community Hospice Society. George and Patsy were fortunate to visit the Hawaiian Islands and regional and provincial localities.
In the month of September 2013, Patsy felt ill and was diagnosed with a serious illness. A week ago her health worsened and she was admitted to Boundary Hospital, where in the morning of June 13th, 2014, with her family by her side, Patsy peacefully passed away. She was 78 years of age. She was predeceased by her parents William and Polly Pudmoreff.
She is survived by her husband George with whom she lived for 55 years, her children – Gail (Humberto Galvao) of Grand Forks, B.C., Nina Smith and Tammy Little; both of Vancouver, B.C., 5 grandchildren – Khea (Tetsu), Cassidy, Shaye, Holly and Tasha, 2 great-grandchildren Missha and Hyugd. She also lives behind her sisters Mary Voykin and Lucy Jmieff both of Castlegar, B.C. and numerous nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
Patsy was a kind and gentle wife, mother and grandmother. She was a hardworking a peace-loving lady. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family, relatives and friends. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Baker family of Grand Forks Funeral Home email@example.com
. May God accept her soul into His heavenly abode, and may she rest in peace.
I Have a Place in Heaven
Please don’t sing sad songs for me,
Forget your grief and fears,
For I am in a perfect place,
Away from pain and tears …
I’m far away from hunger,
And hurt and want and pride.
I have a place in heaven,
With the Master on my side.
My life on earth was very good,
As earthly lives can go,
But paradise is so much more
Than anyone can know …
My heart is filled with happiness,
And sweet rejoicing, too.
To walk with God is perfect peace,
A joy forever new.
Grand Forks Gazette Grand Forks
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