Lois Pazurik went to be with her Lord and Saviour on July 6, 2022, in Trail, BC, at the age of 80 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease and a debilitating stroke Nov 30.
She’s best known for her work with children, love of The Lord, tireless generosity, and bright smile.
Born Jan 21, 1942, Vancouver, BC, as Lois Jean Carr to Marion and Andrew Carr, her early years were spent in Victoria, BC. After getting a teaching degree from UBC, she took her first teaching position in Creston, BC. There she met her husband Michael “Mickey” Pazurik, which brought her to Trail two years later. She ended up raising their two kids on her own on Tamarac Avenue in West Trail with tremendous support from her generous in-laws John and Mary Pazurik of Trail, her sister and family camping companion Betty Wagstaff, and her dear brother and sister-in-law Larrie and Willow Carr of Crestova, BC, who hosted family dinners every holiday.
She is remembered fondly by many Trail-area children over the decades as both a teacher at Central Elementary and a leader at the Salvation Army church. Her faith and church were the center of her entire adult life. She participated in every aspect of the church community—attending spiritual meetings, managing Pioneers and countless kids programs, participating in church leadership as Corps Sergeant Major, and most visibly with music—playing trumpet in the band early on, playing piano for decades, and singing in choirs throughout.
She offered help to those in need whenever she could: visiting sick or isolated folks on her own or with church groups, driving people to appointments, working the Salvation Army Christmas kettles and hampers, or welcoming needy seniors to her basement suite.
Outside of her faith, she enjoyed concerts, studying alternative health, as well as a lifetime love of nature, including birding, gardening, camping, hiking, and canoeing.
She is survived by her daughter Salan Pazurik; son Aaron Pazurik (Maureen); sister Betty Wagstaff; granddaughters Zoe, Sydney, and Olivia; sisters-in-law Bonny Bennett (Ray Stellar), Willow Carr, Susan Handfield (Kurt); and several nieces and nephews. Mickey and her brothers Stuart Carr and Larrie Carr predeceased her.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence by visiting the family’s register at www.myalternatives.ca.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, July 23, at the Salvation Army at 2030 Second Ave. in Trail, BC..
As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made in Lois’ memory to the Trail Corps of the Salvation Army.
How sad to receive knowledge of your mom’s passing. My sincere sympathy to you Salan, Aaron and your extended families. I have such fond memories of Lois having taught with her for many years in the. Kootenays. Your mom was always such a bright light, sporting an infectious smile, humming tunes, always caring about others. She definitely was an inspiration to me. A special memory I have of your mom was the summer we took a camping trip to Yellowstone and environs just after she received her driver’s license. What an adventure! We were young and carefree, laughing, chatting, singing and eating along our journey. We had a few mishaps as one does on an adventure trip with two young women in their twenties! Someone stole your mom’s money in San Francisco, luckily I had enough on me to get through our trip. However, we enjoyed Fisherman’s Wharf, a tour of Alcatraz etc. We had fun camping at Yellowstone along with encountering a few bears. One of them opened our cooler and proceeded to eat everything in sight as Lois and I jumped in the car, giving the bear verbal outbursts of encouragement to go away. It was interesting entering Provo, Utah one dark night when suddenly I noticed all these headlights coming towards us and I suddenly yelled to your mom, this is a one way street Lois and we are going the wrong way! Visited my aunt in Las Vegas and had a great time there. On the way home we hit a tremendous snow storm in the middle of August in Montana. That definitely was adventuresome! Your mom was a very special person in every way. I hope sharing these fond memories I have of your mom will bring you some joy in this difficult time.
She was truly the most special person, her loss will be felt by many. Condolences to the family.
Salan, Aaron and Families. We were so saddened to hear of your mom's loss. It is hard to put into words to tell you what a wonderful woman she was. I knew her forever. She was so kind, attentive, patient, giving and a wonderful mom! Her commitment and faith to the Salvation Army was paramount. Salan and Aaron, your hearts must be broken. Love to you and your families during these difficult times. We will miss you Lois! Cousin Gerry and Ernie Brown
I remember you so well from L'Bears. I saw you struggling year by year. But you were intrepid. And you had a heart of gold. Now you are resting in the glory of God. Hope to join you some day. Your children were blessed to have such a wonderful mother.
I was sorry to hear of Lois’ passing. She was an amazing woman of God who lived her faith with conviction, dedication and compassion for all. I had the privilege of working with her as school teacher and through the church. She was quick to laugh! always flew through the door in a whirlwind - but behind that flurry she wad well prepared for the task that faced her. She was an amazing pianist. One of my favourite memories is watching her sit to play and proceed to unfold and stretch out the “25” pieces of sheet music she’d copied and taped together….complete with copious circled passages, notes and other markings….proof she had taken much time to prepare. I will be out of town for her service but am sending my sympathy and virtual hugs to you, Salan, Aaron and family.
Salan, Aaron and families…I’m heartbroken to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a positive and independent woman. Her smile was contagious. We reminisced many times of the “neighbour hood”. Her door was always open and she would have a hug waiting for you. It was my honour to be part of a team that cared for her. She’ll always have a special place in my heart! RIP, Lois…..you will be missed!
She was undoubtedly one of the most caring and selfless individuals I have ever known. I counted her as a sister during my years at the SA.
Salan and Aaron I am so sorry for your loss. Lois will always have a special spot in my heart ❤️