M. Merle Proteau (nee: Forrest)

Merle passed away September 21st at Origins in

Nanaimo after a brief battle with brain cancer. She was predeceased by her husband Bill in 1978.

Left to mourn her passing are her brothers Pat (Lyn)

Forrest and Harold (Margot) Forrest, sons Larry

(Phyllis), Bill (Laurie) and Glenn (Tracey), and grand-

children William, Tommy, Lance and Diana.

She will also be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews as well as her dear friends of many years, Leone and

Marguerite, along with

newer friends from

the Island Stitchery Guild, including Margaret, Karen and Louise and her recent swimming partner Linda.

She also leaves behind good friends from her neighbourhood, from her years working at ICBC and travelling partners from the many cruises she enjoyed.

We hope whatever comes after this, Merle has sharp needles, full bird feeders and an endless tank full of gas.

A gathering of Merleā€™s family and friends

will be held at the Cavalotti Lodge on

Friday the 2nd of October

between 1:30 & 4:30

Donations in lieu of flowers

to a charity of choice.