Passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 29th in her fifty ninth year at Nanaimo Hospital after a long, courageous
fight with breast cancer.
She is survived by her husband Frank, sister Charlotte in Parksville, sister Jane in Ireland and her mother Elaine in Massachusetts. She will be painfully missed by her other family David, Jane, Kelsey, Daniel, Enid and by her numerous friends.
India was born in New York and after graduating from University she worked for 10 years as a science editor for Scientific American. She also spent many years working for the rights of unrecognized Tibetan nationals
in the U.S.A. Looking for answers to life she travelled to India and studied Buddhism, later immigrating to Canada. She was among the first Western students to study with the Tibetan Lamas living in exile in India. After coming
to Canada she lived on Lasqueti Island and subsequently on Vancouver Island. She was employed by School District 69, first as a custodian and later as a teachers aid. India was a valued employee for 12 years, until in
2004 she was diagnosed with a very difficult type of breast cancer and sadly was unable to return to work.
India helped and encouraged the establishment of the local Buddhist community, teaching Dharma for many years. Her dedication to her practice was an inspiration to her students and all those who knew her. Surely, considering India’s devotion and actions she must now be in a Pure Land.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Errington War Memorial Hall on July 27th at 4:00 PM
Donations to the Cancer Society in lieu of flowers