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Isabella Kydd Appleby

October 26, 1927 to August 9, 2012

It is with great sorrow that we announce the peaceful death at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver of Isabella Appleby of Parksville on Thursday, August 9, 2012. Isabella died as she had lived, with humour, grace and dignity and surrounded by love and admiration.

She leaves to mourn her husband of 64 years, Kenneth Appleby, her children, Raymond Appleby (Lois) Calgary, Kathryn Miller, Qualicum Beach and her daughter-in-law Gloria Appleby, Brampton. Her grandchildren, Jason Meredith, Natasha Meredith (Inga), Allissa Blondin (Ben), Ken Appleby (Liz), Richard Appleby (Trisha), Heather Appleby, Natalie Miller, Kellie Hebert (Jacques) and Wade Miller (Lena). Her great grandchildren Dayna Meredith, Isabella Meredith-Drometer, Duncan Blondin, Genevieve Appleby, Nick Klimo, Becky Klimo, Amy Augello, Corinna Miller, Jay Hebert and Sara Hebert. She was welcomed with open arms by those who had gone before her, her mother and father, Catherine and George Holmes, her grandson Michael Appleby and her son-in-law Ronson Miller. Also grieving her loss are many cousins in both Scotland and Canada and many, many wonderful friends, all over the world, too numerous to mention.

Isabella was born in Dundee Scotland and lived there until her immigration to Canada in 1957 when the family settled in Timmins, Ontario, moved to Brampton in 1969 and finally to the Parksville area in September 2011.

Isabella was a very intelligent woman, much ahead of her time. As a young mother and recent immigrant, she was the first female announcer and talk show host on CFCL Television in Timmins in 1957. She had a varied career path, including being a sub-editor and columnist of a magazine in Scotland and a Vice President of Marketing at Mactac in Brampton.

Isabella had art and beauty in her soul and was an accomplished artist. She was thrilled that the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area was teeming with artists and art opportunities and was quick to join the DeCosmos Fine Art Society when she settled here. She was so happy to have moved to this beautiful island and was always in awe of the majestic scenery. She loved Parksville and Qualicum Beach and also had a very special love for her granddaughter’s Cortes Island homestead.

Isabella had a sparkle and charm that was magnetic. She loved to dance, have fun and laugh. People were drawn to her. She taught many people important life lessons in her open, caring and non-judgmental way. Her enduring legacy is the love she gave to so many and all those that loved her back.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, Cardiac Care Unit or St. Paul’s Hospital Volunteers would be appreciated.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held August 25, 2012 at 11:00 am at St. Columba Presbyterian Church, Wembley Road, Parksville. Following the memorial, a celebration of Isabella’s life will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at 1141 Pintail Drive, Qualicum Beach.

YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

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