ELDERKIN- Nellie Elderkin of Maple Creek passed away on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 at the age of 98 years.
Nellie was born September 17th, 1922 on the family farm near Foam lake, Saskatchewan. In 1941 she arrived in Piapot, Saskatchewan to accept a job as a nanny for the Doug James family. It was here she met her husband, Alvin “Sam” Elderkin, and they were married March 31st, 1943.
During the time Sam was in the army, they lived in Prince Albert and Maple Creek. Upon his discharge, they moved to Piapot and eventually returned to Maple Creek. While living in Piapot, Nellie was employed at Bowie’s General Store. Upon moving to Maple Creek, she worked at Beesley’s grocery store, and as a custodian at Jasper School.
Sam passed away in 1999 and Nellie remained in her own home until she was 96 years old. During this time, her main mode of transportation was her bicycle, which she rode until the age of 88.
Her next residences were Cypress Lodge and Long-Term Care at the Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility.
Nellie is survived by her children Barry (Gayle) Elderkin, Lynda (Harold) Newkirk, and Dale (Ellen) Elderkin. Her grandchildren, Kevin (Tracy), Karin, Mark (Jenn), Valarie (Miles), Blake (Elaine), and Melissa (Josh). Her great-grandchildren Keaton, Sophia, Ephram, and Taylon Elderkin. She is also survived by her sister, Stella Krauter, her sisters-in-law Emily Bajbula and Sylvia Bajbula, and several nieces, nephews, and close friends.
Nellie’s final words to her loved ones:
“To my family and friends-
When I quit this mortal shore
And mosey round this earth no more
Don’t weep, don’t sigh, don’t grieve, don’t sob
I may have struck a better job.
Don’t go and buy a large bouquet
For which you’ll find it hard to pay.
Don’t stand around me looking blue
I may be better off than you.
-Mother, Grandmother & Friend.”
No formal funeral service, by request. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Nellie’s name to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8E8
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