In loving memory of Nellie Atsainaq Kilabuk

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Kilabuk family and the relatives of the late Nellie Atsainaq Kilabuk of Pangnirtung would like to acknowledge all the people who kindly assisted us after her passing on May 15, 2010.

She was loved so much, and passed away at the age of 80. She was the eldest daughter of the late Jamesie and Annie Alivaktuk and the wife of the late Ipeelee Kilabuk, former MLA for Baffin Central in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.

We would like to thank hospital staff who made every effort to save her life. Thank you to Dr. Hoskins, Dr. Kraus, Dr. McGhee and to the nurses: Gillian Carter, Asenath Idlout, Andrea Mclarty, Michelle Randell and Raymond Labrecque. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.

We also appreciate the assistance of Pangnirtung Nuasaijiit Committee, Kayrene Kilabuk and her daughter “Panik” Eena Kilabuk, and the people of Pangnirtung who raised money for three of Nellie’s grandchildren to attend her funeral.

Thank you so much too to Mr. Bryan Pearson. We appreciate the following who provided us with food: Pangnirtung District Education Authority, Hunters and Trappers Association, Hamlet of Pangnirtung, Kakivak Association, Heidi Moseley, Christina Stoney, Markus Wilke, Jeannie Joanasie, Terry and Barb Young, Inuksuk High School Staff and the others who we might have inadvertently fail to mention.

There are a lot of people who paid their respects and who comforted us. Notably, Mary Ann and David Mike, Lucy Netser, Paul Idlout, Anna Nakasuk, Meeka Kilabuk, Mary Kilabuk, Lucy Wilson, Lynn Kilabuk, Ceporah Kilabuk, Monica Cousins, Juili and Shuvinai Mike and to the Pitsiulaq Akavak-Kilabuk family who housed our Ottawa relatives.

Thank you very much to Lucy Kuniliusie for caring for our mother prior to her passing.

Nellie Kilabuk is missed very much by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, family, friends and relatives. Mrs. Kilabuk was a great seamstress and passed on her knowledge by teaching sewing in schools.

She had a great heart, and she was a person who quietly cared for children and orphans. She led, by example, to teach her children and grandchildren to do what is right.

She served on the Women’s Auxillary Committee with the Anglican Church most of her adult life and was part of the Anglican Church Choir.

She is greatly missed by her children: Jonah (Ooraika), children and grandchildren, Naimee (Andy), children and grandchildren, late Paul’s children and grandchildren especially Lorna, Leetia (Sakiasie), children and grandchildren, Silasie (Kitty) and child, Anne Marlene (Tom), children and grandchildren, Chitee (Kayrene) and children, Eileen (Markus) and children, as well as Leah and children and Ben.

Anne Marlene Kilabuk
Iqaluit

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