June 24, 1915 – March 20, 2021
Our light has faded but a new star was born above this day when our super Mom passed away in Penticton hospital.
She is now free of pain, for which we are grateful.
Predeceased by her parents John and Serafiina (Bjork) Niskala; step-mother Anna; husband Colin W. Pattison; daughter Alice Bruyere; sister Hilma Lloyd; brothers Johnny Niskala, Paul Johnston, Martin and Henry Niskala. Cherishing her memory are daughter Lyla Mobberley; sons Wayne and Everett Pattison; sister-in-law Alice Niskala; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Ellie was born in Emo, Ont. and raised on the Niskala family (now Heritage) farm. Her and Colin married June 5, 1940 and farmed in Carpenter. From there they purchased a farm in Miscampbell where they worked hard raising their family. After the three oldest moved from home Ellie, Colin and Alice moved to Fort Frances. Mom loved her new job working as a caregiver for a number of years.
After Alice married, Ellie and Colin moved to Ryley, Alta. to be closer to their grandchildren. When Ellie was 80 she visited a friend in Summerland, loved it there, came home to Ryley, packed up her items and said she was “moving to God’s country.” Ellie loved the Valley, especially picnics overlooking Okanagan Lake. At age 105 Ellie was TEXTING on her iPhone daily and checking out Facebook until her hands no longer worked. Ellie totally enjoyed playing Scrabble and was delighted to have Lois at SSV to challenge her. Lois had to keep score for them. Ellie’s most memorable trip was Finland to look up relatives with Alice. Additionally she loved going to the casino, including Reno, bus trips, Hawaii many times, Caribbean Islands and an Alaskan cruise.
Mom always looked forward to Pat Fraser (Hayes)’s visits, particularly during these last difficult days.
In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.
Providence Funeral Homes of Summerland are arranging cremation.
Due to COVID, the family will hopefully have a private internment of ashes in Ryley, Alta. this summer.