November 3, 1936 – February 18, 2021
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.
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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 missed.by family and friends.
Sincerely Marilyn Rector
February 24, 2021
My deepest condolences to Peter, Ian and the entire Folkins family.
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
February 23, 2021
To the Folkins family,
We are sorry for your loss and pass on our sincere condolences
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.