Nicolette Dunkley

February 10th, 2021

Photo taken this past summer of Mum and flowers from her garden.

February 13, 1924 - February 10, 2021

Nickie, an amazing lady who lived an incredible life joined her beloved husband Melvin John “Mel” in Heaven on February 10, 2021, three days shy of her 97th birthday.  Their headstone will read “TOGETHER FOREVER”!

Mum was delivered by her maternal Grandmother, Elmire LeBlanc, in the family home at the Catt ranch in Lumby, B.C.

Nickie was a strong independent woman and lived on her own until this past summer when Lynn had the pleasure of moving in with her.  Sharp minded to the very end of her life and died peacefully in her own bed.

Mum (RCAF) and Dad (Army) were married on June 12th, 1943 during World War II and celebrated 73 years of marital bliss.

Lovingly remembered by son Douglas John (Linda) and daughter Lynn Louise Morrison. Her grandchildren Dianna (James), Lisa (Phil), Michael, and Steven (Debbie).  Her great grandchildren Zeb, Max, Briar and Phoebe who will miss their loving Grandma Nickie and GG.

Also survived by sister-in-law Dorothy Catt and several nieces and nephews, many of which have remained in close contact with their Auntie Nickie.

Predeceased by her parents, Hugh Charles “Pete” and Elda Marie Louise Catt, brothers Henry and Ronald, sisters Ena and Joycelyn, brothers-in-law George and Peter, sister-in-law Joyce McCallan, and son-in-law D. Wayne Morrison.

In Nickie’s youth she enjoyed her farming style upbringing and showed cattle at the Armstrong Fair (IPE) and Kamloops Bull Sale.

When her children were young, holiday time was spent with family members and friends at the Dunkley cabin at Mabel Lake.  After Mel retired they had many road trips throughout BC and Alberta, bus excursions in the USA, and several trips to England visiting relatives on both sides of their family.

Mum was a terrific homemaker, inside and out.  Her artistic flair, with flower arrangements and winter pots was admired by many.   Her homemade soup was a legend.

When Mum was 87 years old she bought herself an i-Pad and thoroughly enjoyed this new communication/games tool.  Steven and Grandma Nickie were on FaceTime three days before her death.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please make a memorial donation to Royal Inland Hospital. There will be no service per Mum’s request.

Pip-pip Mum

Messages:

Lynn, and family, we are so sorry. Your mum was a dear, sweet person and so full of laughter. She and dad often kept us entertained teasing each other, as only cousins can do, in their stories of growing up in Lumby. She sometimes gave more information than dad was comfortable with and did it with a twinkle in her eye. Your loving relationship with both your mum and dad was wonderful to watch.

Dear Lynn,so sorry about your loss. You are in my thoughts.Your mum was a special lady.Once she me to come in and was so proud of the way she had decorated her house,it was Christmas time.Surely I will miss her.

Lynn...you are in my thoughts and prayers as you come to terms with the great loss of your dear Mum..I remember Mrs Dunkley from my childhood...a kind accomplished woman with style. I enjoyed hearing stories from Lynn about her amazing Mum...thinking of you so much Lynn...your Mums beautiful presence will always remain close to you and comfort you..love Jean

Our sincere condolences to the Dunkley family from another Armstrong family. Our grandmother Dorothea Dunne lived just down Pleasant Valley road from Mel and Nickie, and I can recall many smiles and hospitality. She was a ray of sunshine in the lives of those she met.

I just phoned my mom in Vernon to tell her the sad news. The Dunkley and Sidney families lived in Armstrong for many years and were good friends. Gordon (Chip) and Helen (my parents) shared many good times together with Mel and Nickie and were often invited to the Dunkley family cabin at Mabel L. To Doug, Lynn and families; the Sidney family offers our sincere condolences at your loss and hopefully all of the happy memories you hold in your hearts will bring smiles to your faces during tearful times and beyond.

I would like to sent my condolences to the Dunkley families of "Nickie", to my friend Lynn Morrison, who I spent many camping summers at the Adam Lake camping park with her parents who usually came out on the weekends to visit us and see how we were doing. (and brought food)!! I remember one summer when it rained and we all helped put up tarps (many) and finally got a good fire going with wet wood, and about in the next five minutes the tarp near the fire folded and dumped all it's water on our fire! The look on everyone faces was priceless and then we all started to laugh. Of course, then tried to start a fire again. Her parents were always fun to be with and loved to play games. "Nickie" was so good that she always played her hand and mine too! I hope they are up in heaven together now and looking down on us with a smile on their faces.

Lynn, my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your Mother. I know that she was a special lady. You have been an amazing daughter and so very good to your Mum and Dad, your time with them will leave you many wonderful memories and especially this year with your Mum. Take care, miss seeing you.........Barb Morrill

I remember Nickie with great fondness. Her love of family, her hospitality and her kindness. Lynn often shared ‘Mum’ stories over the years; Nickie’s loving heart came through so clearly in her daughter’s words. Rest in peace with Mel - together again.

Our condolences on your loss of Nickie. Our parents, Trevor and Jean Schubert were long time friends of Mel and Nickie, and had nothing but fond memories of that friendship. On behalf of ourselves and my siblings- Marion Kinch (England), and Ken and Shelley Schubert (Calgary), our wish for the family is for loving memories to outweigh the sadness.

In memory of Mrs. Dunkley, On behalf of the Armstrong Fowler Family we offer our condolences to the Dunkley Family. Our mother E.M.(Dinty)Fowler often commented on Mel and Niki and in her memory we share your memory. Thank-you

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