April 12, 1906-March 1, 2007
Letitia lived 100 years in love and grace. She will be forever remembered as a gentle soul and remarkable woman. The majority of her years were lovingly devoted to her family. Preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Harvey Black, Letitia will be missed by her children and their spouses Marilyn (Mel Roddie), Bill Black (Muriel), Bob Black (Bonnie) and Colleen (Manny Ocampo). To her many grandchildren and great grandchildren she was known simply as Nanny. They were the light of her life. Her kind spirit and sweet zest for life was tenderly passed on to her grandchildren Theresa, Loreen, Steven (Roddie), Dena, Anne, Owen, Kirsten, Donnianne, Devin, Michelle, Steven (Black), Brian, Paul and Joanne, as well as her sixteen great grandchildren. “Nanny” was also how she was affectionately known to so many others, as well. To these she generously gave of herself to the same degree as her family.
Letitia pursued her nursing career in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox in 1949 and then Lourdes Hospital in Campbell River in 1953. Subsequently she moved on to be a nurse in the office of Drs. Murphy and Hancock where she worked until she retired.
Most recently, on the occasion of her 100th birthday, Letitia was honoured by the Prime Minister, the Pope and Queen Elizabeth, amongst many others. But it is in the simplicity of a giving life that she will always remembered. Along with her family, one of Nanny’s greatest joys was her garden. It almost seemed as if her loving touch was harvested each year in the bounty of fruits, vegetables and flowers yielded from the earth. Nanny shared this bounty of love with all who knew her.
Letitia’s family and friends gathered in loving memory of her life at St. Patrick,s Church on March 3, 2007. Donations if desired can be made in her name to the BC Childrens Hospital or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Thank you to Drs. Baerg and Crosby and the staff of Campbell River Hospital who treated our mother with kindness and respect. Thank you to Father Bill MacDonald and the member of the CWL. Thank you to all our friends and family for flowers and donations. Thank you for joining us in the celebration of our mother’s life.
Those we hold most dear never truly leave us…
They live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared, and the love they brought into our lives~ Isable Norten.
NANNY, YOU WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN OUR HEARTS.