IVY KENT POPOW
Jan 16 1923 – Dec 24 2011
On the afternoon of Dec. 24th Ivy passed away peacefully at home with
her family by her side. Ivy was predeceased by her husband Jack Popow,
sister Lois and daughter Susan. Left to mourn her loss are stepsons
Wayne & Gary Popow, stepdaughter Diane, daughter Marney Dorey, grand
Ivy was born to Charles & Elsie Kent, pioneer Barr Colonists of the
District, near Lloydminster Saskatchewan. With the passing of their
young mother, Ivy and her sister grew up on the homestead, much
influenced by their caring father.
Ivy soon learned to be resourceful and self sufficient, she read
voraciously and took a keen interest in all her surroundings. Early on
her talent for sketching and writing expressed her love of the land
and her concern for all animals, which continued throughout her life.
After moving to Edmonton, Ivy trained as a registered nursing aide,
but continued to hone her artistic skills with courses at U of Alberta
Extension Dept., then to the Banff School of Fine Arts. Her nursing
career took her across Canada, then
to Drayton Valley Alberta where she met and married Jack in 1974.
In 1979 Jack and Ivy moved to Metchosin and her usual enthusiasm she
set out to study the flora and fauna of her new location. Her daily
journals are a delightful record of sketches and observations of her
Ivy will be remembered by Goldstream Gazette readers for her
“GOLDENROD” column, of human interest stories and philosophical
musings which ran weekly from 1985-1998.
An artist of note, with a fondness for rural landscapes, particularly
prairie scenes. Ivy’s paintings are treasured across Canada and pet
owners prize life-like portraits
of their animals that Ivy was commissioned to paint.
Ivy’s last years were very difficult, with ongoing health issues and
limited mobility. Even though in constant pain she never complained.
She met every challenge head on, determined to live life on her own
terms. To the last, her journaling with the fine penmanship and
sketches of birds at their feeders continued and an unfinished canvas
sits on her easel.
Mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother, friend and good
neighbour and lover of all creatures furred and feathered (except
those thieving squirrels). We will not see her like again.
Sincere thanks for many kindnesses to all the Emergency responders who
attended to Mom.
Special Thanks to Dr.. Derek Smith and the Tremblay family and close
No funeral by request. In remembrance of Ivy, do a kindness to someone