Patricia Appanah (Nee Thorburn)

APPANAH (Nee Thorburn)


Patricia Appanah beloved mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend – passed away peacefully on September 7th, 2016 at the Peace Arch Hospice in White Rock, British Columbia, with family by her side, after fighting an unexpectedly brief but courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. Patricia was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on May 5th, 1946. She was raised in Musselburgh, Scotland and moved to Canada in 1974 (British Columbia and Alberta) and raised her children there. Patricia worked for many years as a Nursing Aide at the Alberta Hospital in Ponoka, Alberta. Patricia’s greatest joy was to spend time with her children, grandchildren and pets. Patricia was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and cooking, and had a lifelong love for animals and nature.

Patricia leaves to mourn: her mother Elizabeth Thorburn, sisters Margaret and Carol, brother Jim; children Andy (Mariya), Ruth (Steve), Nalina and Leigh; and grandchildren Natascha, Sienna, Alexander, and Alayna; as well as numerous relatives, friends and loved ones not mentioned personally. Patricia was predeceased by her father Andrew Thorburn. A private service was held by family at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Center in White Rock, BC, followed by a celebration of life. In lieu of any gifts, flowers or cards-the family suggests a donation can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Network, or the SPCA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) or any like organization. Forever loved and forever in our hearts, cherished in our memories and always missed.

We little knew that day,

God was going to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly,

In death, we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you.

You did not go alone.

For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories,

Your love is still our guide.

And although we cannot see you,

You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,

And nothing seems the same,

But as God calls us one by one,

The chain will link again.

Author: Ron Tranmer

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