Lo­cal ma­tri­arch of five gen­er­a­tions en­joys her fam­ily

The Prince George Citizen - - Extra - KATHY NADALIN

Nell (Dafoe) Glass is the proud ma­tri­arch of five gen­er­a­tions all of which live here in Prince Ge­orge. Here is a glimpse of her 98 years on this Earth. Nell was born in 1920 in Hanna, Al­berta in the mid­dle of a snow­storm. Her grand­mother had to de­liver her be­cause the doc­tor was not able to get to their farm to bring her into this world be­cause of the storm.

Nell was al­ways full of en­ergy (and she still is) and through­out her life her fa­ther quite of­ten com­mented and said, “Why not – she was born dur­ing a snow­storm.”

She was one of four chil­dren. Her mother passed away when she was seven years old and her older brother died of diph­the­ria at the age of six. When her fa­ther re­mar­ried, she gained three half-sis­ters.

Nell grew up on a farm and at the age of 16 she moved to Gren­fell, Sask. and at­tended Bi­ble school. Two years later, she moved to Port Co­quit­lam and fin­ished Bi­ble school.

She met An­drew Glass, an Air Force air­man, in Leth­bridge. She said that the chance meet­ing was a story by it­self but to make a long story short she met him at a bowl­ing al­ley and they got mar­ried in 1942. They were mar­ried for 15 years when sadly An­drew passed away as the re­sult of the Asi­atic Flu dur­ing the Asian Flu Pan­demic of 1957.

The Asian flu out­break caused an es­ti­mated two mil­lion deaths world­wide and is con­sid­ered one of the three in­fluenza pan­demics of the 20th cen­tury.

They had three chil­dren, ages seven, nine and 12 when he passed away. As a mil­i­tary widow Nell first went to live with An­drews fam­ily in Vancouver. She bought a house in Point Grey and raised her chil­dren.

Nell said, “I worked at Wood­ward’s in down­town Vancouver for 15 years. I was dili­gent in all my work at Wood­ward’s and I loved the job and the peo­ple. I even­tu­ally moved to Port Co­quit­lam and bought into a laun­dro­mat and dry-clean­ing busi­ness for the next 12 years.

“When the chil­dren were raised and happy in their lives I re­tired at the age of 60. I sold the big house and the busi­ness and bought a place in Phoenix, Ari­zona. I de­cided it was my turn and I went danc­ing ev­ery night ex­cept for Sun­day and I was the head of the shuf­fle­board team.

“I knew every­one in the Palm Lakes com­mu­nity in Ari­zona and I win­tered there for the next 26 years and spent the sum­mers on a ro­tat­ing ba­sis with my chil­dren.”

Nell loved her win­ters in Ari­zona and en­joyed ex­plor­ing nearby caves and many of the Ari­zona canyons. She en­joyed cruis­ing to Hawaii, Alaska and the Panama Canal and even­tu­ally sold the prop­erty in Ari­zona and moved to Prince Ge­orge.

Nell said, “I re­cently moved to the River Bend com­plex and de­cided this would be my per­ma­nent res­i­dence be­cause of the con­ge­nial staff mem­bers and all the new and friendly peo­ple I have met here.

“I love play­ing cards and es­pe­cially bridge. I en­joy singing and I ap­pre­ci­ate all mu­sic. I am in ba­si­cally good health ex­cept for the fact that I have old Mr. ‘Art-the-ri­tis’ liv­ing with me but we man­age to get along. I wouldn’t be here to­day if it wasn’t for the good doc­tors that in­stalled my pace­maker three years ago. I also got a new hip a while back so I am a bionic woman.

“I will be 98 in a few short days and I am thank­ful to the Lord be­cause I have so much en­ergy. I have the abil­ity to do ac­tive things and I am blessed with the feel­ing that I am full of phys­i­cal power and life and that is a truly great feel­ing.

“I raised three won­der­ful chil­dren; An­drew, a busi­ness man and his wife Dianne live in On­tario and Nor­man (de­ceased) was an ac­com­plished mu­si­cian. My daugh­ter Sharon works at UNBC and her hus­band Ron Kell worked for the rail­road in Prince Ge­orge for 30 years and now drives the North­ern Health Con­nec­tions bus.

“I am so proud to say that I also have four grand­chil­dren, 12 great grand­chil­dren and one great-great grand­child. They are all such dar­lings and they all have a piece of my heart. It is a won­der­ful feel­ing to have five gen­er­a­tions of our fam­ily liv­ing here in Prince Ge­orge and I love them all dearly.

“For many years I cooked all the big hol­i­day din­ners un­til my daugh­ter Sharon took it over. Now, I just go and en­joy my fam­ily and the great meal. They don’t al­low me to do any­thing and I love it. Ac­tu­ally, at this point, I would prob­a­bly just be in the way.

“Many times, I think back to the dev­as­tat­ing time of my life when my hus­band passed away. My fa­ther was al­ways the man of the house and so was An­drew; he was strong and I re­lied on him. I lived with my in-laws for the first year after he passed away. It was a hard year for me and I thought that I was not go­ing to be able to get past it or even live through it. I still thank the Lord for guid­ing me through all those dif­fi­cult years. I sur­vived it by learn­ing to have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and that made me strong.

“I have al­ways been thank­ful that none of my chil­dren went astray and of course in my eyes they are all per­fect. I don’t know how I would have sur­vived with­out them.

“My fam­ily has been good to me and for some rea­son they all think they need to re­pay me. I want them to know that there is no such thing as re­pay­ing me. Re­gard­less, they are al­ways there for me when I need them.”

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Novem­ber birth­days that I know about: Nell Glass turns 98, Mary Kordy­ban, Shirley Bond, Eva Buchi, Noreen Rus­tad, Jim Rus­tad, Amelia Peter­son, Ginny Jenkins, Lor­raine Anderson, Ann O’Shea, Karen Loehn­dorf, Mau­rice Min­gay, Vic­to­ria Nudds, Ken Roys­ton, Bev Kelly, Dar­rell Rut­ledge, Jan Rivers, Car­ron Dunn, Robin Wright, Wendy Sch­midt, He­len Eber­herr, Maureen Keibel, Ed Par­ent, Gale Rus­sell, Randy Sokolowski, Jean Stani­land, Maureen Suter, Rita Svatos, Ken Dahl, Eva Switzer, Mar­garet Toy­ata, An­drea Palombo, Myrna Lemke, Bar­bara Fairser­vice, Pat Col­li­cutt, Dolly Gi­rard, Vi For­den, Bill Roper, Bill Smith, Agnes Lavale, Marlene Arndt, Chris­tena Ben­well, Sylvia Fet­terly, Sharon Halvor­son, Lindsay Hick, Lu­cien Prevost, Leno Ouel­lette, Maureen Braun, Jack Paul, Sharon Paul, An­nette Kennedy, Neil Hunter, Edith White, Fred Schaefer, Clarence Mork, Bill Heather, Roy Ceal, Charles Mac­Don­ald and Vi­o­let Sy­mon turned 98 in Oc­to­ber.

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Novem­ber an­niver­saries that I know about: 66 years for Roy and Ivy Whit­field, 65 years for John and Iva Lovett, 58 years for Ted and Carol Haug­land, 53 years for Wal­ter and Betty Wess­ner, 52 years for Vern and Verna Wright, and 42 years for Larry and Kelly Flath.

CIT­I­ZEN PHOTO BY JAMES DOYLE

Nell Glass is ma­tri­arch of five gen­er­a­tions of her fam­ily, in­clud­ing from left stand­ing, Sharon Kell, 67, Michelle Chap­man, 47, and Crys­tal Chap­man, 24. Seated is Nell Glass, 97, and Lily May­hew-Chap­man, 16 months.

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