Merritt Funeral Chapel

2113 Granite Avenue, Merritt, BC


Stella Arabella DIRKSEN

October 18, 1929December 26, 2019

Stella Arabella Dirksen Thursday, 26 Dec 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Stella Dirksen, at the age of 90.

Stella passed away peacefully at Gillis House, surrounded by her loving family. Stella was born on the Snake Plains Indian Reserve, Saskatchewan, to the late Thomas and Edith Fraser. She was one of nine children, and had many stories to share about growing up in a large family. She met her husband Geert (Jake), when he was a young carpenter building grain elevators in Saskatchewan. They later moved to BC, and their lives were complete with the addition of four children. Stella will now be reunited with Jake, who passed away in 2001. She was also predeceased by her siblings Violet, Lucy, Albert, Thomas, Cathy, Sam and Billy. Stella is survived by her children Lucy (Mike), Tom (Carol), Delena (Art), and Andrew (Colleen), grandchildren Alicia, Derek, Neil, Alexander, Garnet, Stephen, Jonathan, and Satara, great grandchildren Kai, Naia, Brinley and Oliver, as well as her sister Erna (Gary), and many nieces and nephews.

Stella’s favorite season was Spring, and the family will hold a service in her honour in the Spring of 2020.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Gillis House, who cared for Stella during the last seven years.

Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC.


Stella Arabella DIRKSEN

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