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Ethel Kathleen Bowolin/carmichael (Konkin)

March 25, 1927 - November 11, 2014


Ethel passed at the Trail hospital at 5 P.M. November 11 2014 with family at her side. Ethel was born in Arran Saskatchewan on the correction line. Her parents were Dora and Wasil Konkin. Mother attended school at Thunderbird 1-4 and White Beach 4-6 .

In 1942 at the  young age of 15 she started to work on a farm in Durban Manitoba.

In 1943 she was working on a farm and sawmill in Arran Sask.for Andrew Bowolin who had two sons- Peter and Rudy. Andrew  later became her husband. Her first child Nick was born in  1945.

Around this time mother would take the train from Arran back to Durbin and walk about 10 miles to Whitebeach to see her folks on the homestead and to see her brothers and sister.  John – now 92 years,  Ann(deceased),  Fred ( deceased ),  Andrew ( deceased ),  Alex ( deceased ), and  Bill (deceased ).

Mother was the youngest of the 7 children. In 1946 it was off to Kelowna B.C. Mom and dad – dad’s two sons Pete and Rudy and new born Nick all piled into a big Oldsmobile car and headed West- landing at the Casarso farm in Kelowna. In 1947 Margret was born in Kelowna. In 1948 Moved from Kelowna to Crescent Valley.B.C. near Nelson. In 1948 Diane was born in Nelson with family living in Crescent Valley. In 1950 Kathaleen was born –  her birth place has now gone ( old Taghum Bridge ). In 1951 we moved from Crescent Valley to Ymir.  This homestead is now gone- the highway runs through the middle of the house ). In 1951 Karl was born in Nelson hospital. 1952 oldest brother Pete left Ymir going to Northern Alberta to work on a farm. In 1953 Joe was born in Nelson hospital. 1954 Janet was born in Nelson hospital.

This totals 9 children and mother and dad all living in a two room house without indoor plumbing. 1958 Rudy leaves for Alberta. This year dad starts to build a mansion- 4 rooms and a full basement still no indoor plumbing. Mother had all the modern appliances- wash machine ( scrub board and tub ) dryer- ( wire strung 4 times from wall to wall) also acted as humidifier and closet, dishwasher-(whosever turn it was). When us children got out of bed and wanted to dress –just select something from the cloths line. First one up was the best dressed.  If my memory serves me correctly there were 4 children to a bed, dad had his own room and mother slept in the master bedroom ( the only one) and if you were sick you got to sleep with mother. In 1959 oldest brother Pete  comes home with 4 young children and no  wife. Three stayed with us for about three years and the youngest went to a foster home. This makes 10 mouths to feed. Mother kept very busy keeping house, maintaining a large garden, milking the cow, picking huckleberries, sewing, knitting, canning, quilting and other related duties as they would say today– ( Multi-tasking????)  Huckleberries  were one of the main fruit dishes in our house- they were free for the picking but hard on the body to get to them. As children it was mandatory that you went on the trek and picked your quota before coming home. We always felt a lot of love, even times when your backside was burning from being disciplined. Mother was great at delegating the many daily tasks of country living. Washing dishes and cleaning the house required the feminine touch, while weeding the garden, cleaning the barn, feeding the animals- cow, pigs, chickens, cat, and dog was left up to the boys. We tagged her with the name GENERAL and this stayed with her until her passing. She didn’t have any stars on her uniform but her pointer finger had a bend it from pressing too many perogies. When she pointed the finger it was hard to define who she was pointing at.  In 1967 mother and children moved from Ymir to Nelson 204 Vernon St. In 1981 mother becomes Mrs. Jim Carmichael. 1n 1981 move to 10th St. In 1984 moved to Rutland. In 1985 Mom and Jim took their first trip to Scotland to visit Jim’s family. In 1986 off to Scotland and Holland to visit daughter Janet. In 1996 off to Scotland, Holland, Spain and took a trip on Camel back. In 1998 moved from Rutland to Nelson Gore St. In 1999 from Gore to 1524 Josephine St. where she lived until passing. At all their locations Mom and Jimpop kept  an immaculate yard, loaded with flowers and trimmed to a tee.

Mother worked very hard through all the years working in practically every restaurant in Nelson, she was able to buy her own home with her wages and tips and thanks to the kind offering by the landlord of a rental purchase.  Mother leaves behind a brother John at 92 years. And family- Peter ( deceased ) Agnes, Rudy & Louise, Nick & Harriet, Margaret & Sterling, Diane & Paul, Karl ( deceased) & Louise, Kathleen & Gary, Joe, Janet.  Also many ( 25 plus ) grand, great grand, and great great grand children,  nephews and nieces, cousins, friends, and extended family. One of mother’s great loves was to be with the group at Broader Horizons. Thanks to the bus drivers and activity coordinators, she especially enjoyed the field trips and Friday bingo and lunch.  Mother had little time to be sick in all her years and forever sharing her love with us. Mother learned to golf and to bowl so as to be with Jim. In the early years she was very involved in doing crafts. Every member of the family had a quilt built by the skilled hands of Ethel, there were hundreds of doileys crocheted and socks and scarf’s knitted and  handed out as gifts to family and friends. She was a proud member of the Nelson Ladies Doukhobor Choir- they sang for the Queen at the worlds fair in Vancouver and cut a couple of records. She will always be the Queen of our hearts and the” General “ of the clan. We miss you mom! Until we meet again may your journey be full of rest and peace without pain. P.S. the crows are outside calling for you. Mother loved to watch the crows and at times we would find her talking to them.

Mother will be cremated and there will be a small gathering of the immediate family. Plans are to meet again this coming summer for a family reunion/celebration of life  and to place mom’s ashes.

Please make a donation to the charity or foundation of your choice in lieu of flowers.

The family would like to thank all- for your friendship, kind wishes, flowers, prayers, food,  and assistance in our time of sorrow and grieving. Love and hugs to all.



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From: Helen Sheloff
Relation: friend of family

I send my deepest condolences for the loss of your mom, Ethel. She was a strong, hard working woman with a great sense of humor. She spoke at my mother’s funeral in May of 2012. This was very much appreciated. I knew most of her younger children and was a friend to a few of them over the years. I spoke with Ethel on the phone only a few weeks prior to her passing and was happy to hear her voice, she sounded in good spirits. Again condolences to all her family and friends. Helen Sheloff

From: Margaret Grsy
Relation: friend

My sincere condolences to Ethel’s family – she was a lovely lady and will be greatly missed.

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November 17, 2014
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