It is with a heavy heart that our family announces the passing of Francis Kroot (nee Schoones). After 84 years, Francis died peaceably on September 17, with family at her bedside.
Francis was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Nick Kroot, and is survived by her children, Hetty, Jerry, Nick and Patricia, fourteen grandchildren, 11 great grand children and by her sister Anne, who resides in Holland, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in both Canada and Holland.
Francis was born on March 23, 1931 in the small village of Waspick in Holland. She married Nick Kroot in 1954 and shortly thereafter immigrated to Canada. After living 11 years near Edmonton, Alberta, Nick, Francis and family, moved to the Parksville area of Vancouver Island, arriving in the spring of 1965. In 1967 they purchased 10 undeveloped acres in Coombs and began to build the farm that they always wanted.
During her life, Francis was a good friend to many, listening, commiserating or laughing with them.
Francis was an avid gardener. Her table was graced with the fruits of her labour, and her home was filled with the fragrance and beauty of the flowers she grew. She was also a keen knitter and seamstress, creating items that the family treasures to this day. Nick and Francis also enjoyed dancing. From house parties to events at the Coombs hall, Nick and Francis could be seen swirling around the dance floor, in perfect step and harmony.
By far Francis’ greatest love was that for her family. First and foremost Francis was a homemaker of the finest caliber, lending her love and support unconditionally to her husband Nick and to all of us. As a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, she will be sorely missed.
We invite all who knew Francis to attend a gathering at the Arrowsmith Hall on Oct 25 from 2 to 4 pm to remember and celebrate Francis Kroot’s life.