Nellie Olive Carpenter
September 1, 1920 – December 26, 2014
Nellie slipped away quietly in the late
evening of Boxing Day, having been in the hospital since November 21, 2014.
Born in Fleines in Hadsel, Norway,
Nellie immigrated to Prince Rupert with her
mother Anna Anderson and her younger
siblings, Ole, Magnus and Ingrid to join her dad Peder Anderson, who had been halibut fishing from Prince Rupert for several years. Nellie was 10 years old and did not speak English.
She attened Seal Cove School and Booth Memorial High School and later worked in the old General Hospital as a domestic worker – scrubbing floors in the operating room and eviscerating poultry in the kitchen – for one dollar a day.
On February 14, 1942, Nellie married fisherman John Spencer
Carpenter, with whom she raised two children. She became an excellent cook and housekeeper, a generous hostess and a gifted crafts person. Knitting,
crocheting, floral arranging, and baking were among her accomplishments – especially knitting!
Surviving Nellie are her brother Magnus Anderson (Ann);
daughter Evelyn (Robert Simonds); son Brian (Kerry); grandchildren Kevin,
Trina (Alex Batko) and Christine Woollacott (Neil Dickson) and many
nieces and nephews.
Nellie was predeceased by her husband John; brother Ole and sister Ingrid.
Nellie’s ashes will be interred with her parents and brother, Ole, in Burnaby B.C. She requested no memorial service.
Instead you are invited to remember Nellie at an afternoon tea on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2118 Atlin Avenue, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.