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Deborah Anne Glatiotis (Nelson)

September 3, 1954 - March 27, 2016


 Deb Glatiotis (nee Nelson) September 3 1954 to Easter Sunday, 2016

At home, in Nelson, in the early hours of Easter Sunday, Deb Glatiotis passed away, drifting into peaceful rest in the comforting arms and the loving touch of her beloved lifelong partner, always at her side.

The space of her absence has filled to the brim, from a well of deep sorrow overflowing within.

Anyone who knew Deb knows the loss of a totally devoted and love filled spirit, and of a compassionate and caring soul.

Deb was once a chemist, a researcher, an author, a geologist, and a teacher. On moving to Nelson, she transformed again, becoming a manager of medical aesthetics. Deb was taken by flowers, and loved her gardens, but she also enjoyed many outdoor pursuits. She was once a scuba diver and sailor, a sea kayaker, a horseman, a hiker and a skier. Deb was devoted to the practice of yoga, and yoga in turn gave her strength, peace and stillness. She was also once North American Women’s Skeleton Bobsled champion! She helped teach and coach future Olympians. Deb travelled the world, but loved so much more that she had been finally drawn to the beauty of the Kootenays, and life in Nelson.

Most of all, though, Deb devoted herself to Love, and nurtured a very special and close life-long relationship with her soulmate and husband, Mike. Together, they were whole, to the exclusion of almost everyone and everything else, they lived their life of Love with a rare intensity and steadfast companionship. Sadly, breast cancer took its toll after an eight-year war, which was marked by many battle victories, however pyrrhic. The greatest blessing of the fight was the time that the battle gave, for Deb, to give in turn, to extend her compassionate and loving care to her parents as they each in turn passed on in this journey of life.

Deborah Anne was born to Russ and Eva Nelson in Three Hills, Alberta, on September 3, 1954. Debra Anne married Mike, in the beautiful Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand; an epic travellers wedding extravaganza, on January 25 to January 28, 1989, after a courtship of six adventurous years, as Deb. The spell of their Love was cast over almost 33 years. The depth of that Love and the Sorrow of that parting seem equal parts eternal. Deb is survived by her husband Mike, and her brother Tom (Joy) Nelson, of Calgary, her beautiful, perfect niece, Saige, and her very special BCSPA black and white polka dot cat, Mook. Deb was so grateful for the loving care, provided so consistently, and for so long, by everyone at Kootenay Lake Hospital and BC Cancer Agency. They are too many to name, but the blessings that you all brought, with your compassion and knowledge and understanding, is salve for those of us who journeyed with her, and was certain comfort as Deb and Mike faced this uncertain challenge, together…….


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Inge Vandyken
Relation: I met her through her husband mike

Hello mike. Im so sorry . after we spoke last week i spent a good deal of time reflecting on our conversation and how honoured you are to have been Debs caregiver. I am honoured in turn to consider you my friend. You are entering a huge new world.As of last Sunday you will reluctantly and slowly reinvent yourself. I wish you all the best . Keep Deb close on your road to becoming the new mike. Im looking forward to talking soon.

From: Tad Bartkiewicz
Relation: Friend

Goodbye Deb! I will miss you. You always brought comfort and peace to me. I will miss your way of caring and thoughtfulness of others. There are lots of good memories over the past 33 years that I will chairish! Tad

From: Alan Hoar
Relation: Friend

Oh Mike I’m so sorry for you. A brave struggle for you both for quite a long time. A few memories for me, camper van with you both at Valemount. Many many more memories for you obviously. Cherish them. Condolences from Al and Gwen. Picture of me might give you a laugh.

From: Lisa Rezansoff
Relation: Friend

Our loving thoughts and hugs to you, Mike. Deb’s kindness, smiles and optimism will always be cherished in our hearts. Love from Lisa and Jemma.

From: Joyce and Bert Cockerill
Relation: We are Lori Pilz parents. Met on a sailing trip in British Virgi

From: Martin & Jan Jones
Relation: Friend

Mike. We are so sorry to hear the very sad news about Deb, you are very much in our thoughts,

Martin & Jan

From: Erin
Relation: Met in Carstairs

Mike – I am so sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. I just opened up the paper in town and I am heartbroken for you. She was such a lovely lady and I always looked forward to your visits and her phone calls sending flowers to her mom & dad. Sending you hugs and strength. She was one of my first customers who became a regular. I will always remember her kind words, encouragement, love of flowers and plants and friendly hugs over the years. Erin (Sparkling Dahlia)

From: Jane Leeming
Relation: through chemo last January - May

Hi Mike, I was very sorry to read about Deb in the paper. We met on the chemo ward last year and I enjoyed seeing you both as you were always friendly and cheerful. Please know you are in my thoughts.

From: Gabriele
Relation: met in the Spa where I work!

I am so sorry Mike to hear of your loss of your wonderful wife Deb, I followed her illness from a distance always hoping for it to get better.
There are no words that could express what you must be going through right now and my thoughts are with you. From the bottom of my heart I wish and send you Blessings!

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