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Nina Jane Arabia (popoff)

October 18, 1953 - April 3, 2011


On Sunday, April 03, 2011, Nina Jane (Popoff) Arabia passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Nina was predeceased by her father Nicholas Peter Popoff and her faithful companion Malcolm.
Nina leaves behind her loving husband and soul mate of 24 years, Frank, her wonderful daughter Kristin (Stuart) Linnen, cherished grandchildren and lights of her life Ruby 8, Lily 6, Cash 3, and Jett Boomer 2yrs, mother Mary, sisters Marcella (Mark), Debbie, brother Collin (Joanne), nieces Laura and Kelley, nephews Russell and Ian.
Nina was born in Penticton B.C. on October 18th, 1953. She graduated from Pen High and continued on to Vancouver Vocational Institute. She then moved to Victoria, accepting a position as a hairstylist under the supervision of Master Stylists from London, England. In 1978 Nina moved to Nelson, starting her 30 year hairdressing career at various salons, as well as teaching at Selkirk College. Her “Best Ever Job” she would say was at Waves on the Lake. Owner Sheryl Prisciak was not only her boss but part of her family, along with Kat Zaworonok and the “girls” at Waves.
Nina was a creative, driven and intuitive person. She was well known in this community for her willingness to help and be involved. Nina never turned down an opportunity to help others, so in 1994 when she was diagnosed with MS, she embraced the challenge and became a strong advocate for the local MS Society.
Nina loved creating mosaics, gardening, floating on the lake and Saturday morning garage sales. Most of all Nina enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends.
Nina will be sadly missed by her many, many friends and family who have been touched by her strength, kindness, courage and love.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, April 10th between 2:30-5:00 pm at St. Joseph’s School Auditorium.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the MS Society or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Arrangements were under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: michelle Foley
Relation: Friend

My heart is with you and your Family! Love Cecil and Michelle Foley.

From: Linda Zeznik
Relation: friend

My heartfelt condolences to Nina’s family. She will be missed by all who knew her. A truly beautiful soul.
Rest in Peace, Sweet Angel
Linda Zeznik

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 10, 2011
Beginning at 7:30pm

St. Joseph''s School Auditorium
523 Mill Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 4S2

523 Mill Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 4S2

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MS Society

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