Ilze Folkins

November 3, 1936February 18, 2021
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Ilze, beloved mother and grandmother, cherished sister, dear friend, indomitable spirit, and lover of nature, books, and music, was born in Riga, Latvia, and immigrated to Canada in 1948.

Always original, Ilze has requested that the following words from a poem called “Under the Apple Tree” by Rutger Kopland be included here instead of a traditional obituary:

“then slowly it once again became

too beautiful to be true, the day’s

alarms disappeared in the scent

of hay, toys again lay

in the grass, and from far away in the house

came the laughter of children in the bath

to where I sat, to

under the apple tree

and later I heard the wings

of wild geese in the sky

heard how still and empty

it was becoming”

Ilze’s great generosity, thoughtfulness, humour, and warmth will be deeply missed. Predeceased by her dear husband, Donald, she is survived by her five children: Susan (Winston), Peter (Ilona), Ian (Ilze), Miriam (Andrew), and Tali (Theresa), and her eight grandchildren: Liam, Markus, Eli, Ernests, Sophie, Beatrise, Edvards, and Albert. She also leaves her sister, Valda (Christopher), and her sister-in-law, Joan, as well as extended family and friends.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Ieva, whose friendship and love lifted all our spirits. We would also like to thank all those who cared for Ilze in the past year, especially Rosalyn, who was with Ilze from the beginning and who has become a friend of the family. We are grateful for everyone’s support in an especially difficult time.

A ceremony in memory of Ilze’s remarkable life will be held on Friday, February 26th, at 2 p.m., at Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home. At a later date, there will a family gathering to honour Ilze. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support The Friends of the Public Gardens, a society that helps to maintain an oasis of green in the heart of Halifax.


26 February

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Cruikshank's Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street
Halifax, NS B3K5C9


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Marilyn Rector

February 25, 2021

To Toli and the Folkins family. So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a lovely, caring, intelligent lady. I will remember her friendship, kindness and joy of family. She will be family and friends.
Sincerely Marilyn Rector

Bruce Fisher

February 24, 2021

My deepest condolences to Peter, Ian and the entire Folkins family.

Bruce Fisher

Glen Herbert

February 24, 2021

Our sincere condolences to the Folkins family on the passing of Ilze.

We have such nice memories of Ilze and your family at the Latvian community gatherings over the years. We are glad she enjoyed her visits to the our “Vineyard” for Jani and “I” day lunches.

Thinking of you all,
Ilze, Glen, Zenta and family

Ted Farquhar

February 23, 2021

To the Folkins family,
We are sorry for your loss and pass on our sincere condolences
The Farquhars
Ted, Amy, William, and Owen


February 21, 2021

Ilze and I shared so many wonderful memories for the past year. Our trips to the Public Gardens, our walks around the neighborhood and trips around the neighborhood. Your face lighting up whenever you tell me about your days spent on the farm. I miss you my dear friend. You were an amazing and precious soul. Forever in my heart.

Susanne Hynes (Rodsewicz)

February 21, 2021

Ilga Leja and I were so fortunate to visit Mrs. Folkins at her home the last summer she was there. We were on a trip to the Maritimes visiting Latvians and Baltic Germans who had emigrated to Corner Brook after WWII. We spent a few lovely hours at the farm.
Our condolences.