(nee Campbell)

November 14, 1954 –

January 16, 2016

Ellen May Nicholson passed away after a 4 month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ellen is survived by her beloved daughter Dana (Greg) Nalleweg with her grandsons Mason and Cooper of Kamloops, BC, her ex-husband Will Nicholson of Salmo, BC, sister Susan (Ron) Hoath of Fernie, BC, and brother Rick (Christine) Campbell of Wynndel, BC. Ellen is also survived by her nieces: Ellen (Darran) Carolla, Cathy Hoath, and Nicole (Stephen) Friesen of Fernie, BC, and Lea (Chuck) Semenoff of Ft. McMurray, AB, her nephews: Barry Campbell of Victoria, BC and Scott (Rebecca) Campbell of Lethbridge, AB, and her best friend of 50+ years, Peggy Jones, along with 8 great nieces and nephews and her beloved dog Zoey.

Ellen was predeceased by her parents Stuart and Alice Campbell, her brother Dean Campbell, and her beloved Aunt Nora Vesak who raised her.

Ellen was born in Terrace, BC. At 10 months old she contracted polio and went to live in Port Moody with Nora and her grandmother so she could be closer to doctors and the G.F. Strong Rehab Centre. She attended school in Port Moody and graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in social work. Ellen worked in the Nelson Unemployment Office, retiring many years later. Following her retirement, Ellen moved to Kamloops, BC to be near Dana and her boys, who were the light of her life.

Ellen faced her illness the same way she faced her handicap, head on with determination and sheer willpower, never backing down from a challenge. She experienced everything she could in life; tree climbing, white water rafting, zip lining and competing in agility trials with Zoey. Ellen loved to spend time with family, riding ATV’s or camping at Camp Lounge, but she especially loved hanging out with her grandsons. Ellen will be missed by her family and her huge number of friends.

A celebration of life will be held in Kamloops in the Spring as per her wishes.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Crescent South, Kamloops BC, V2E 2S9.

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