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Ivy Kent Popow

December 24, 2011


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

and great-grandchildren.

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

or something.