Deborah Jo-Ellen Litsky
October 13, 1954 to May 3, 2007
Deborah was born in Montreal Quebec, and moved with her family as a baby to Calgary, Alberta. She attended William Aberhart High School and went on to graduate, with distinction, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Calgary in 1990. She was the winner of the Faculty of Fine Arts gold medal that same year. She earned her degree while working for the U of C in the Communications Media department. Deborah became a talented artist whose work was exhibited and published. She was a seasoned traveller and animal lover. In 1993, Deborah became ill and retired to Ladysmith, BC in order to be closer to her family. She then spent her time creating her artwork, gardening, latin dancing and working with the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. Deborah and her dog, Raisin, was a common sight visiting folks at the Ladysmith Hospital and La Rosa Retirement Village. She was an intelligent and very talented person with a strong sense of justice. She fought her battle with illness for many years, but finally succumbed on May 3rd in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. She is now at peace. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Pre-deceased by her father, Allan N. Rose, Deborah is survived by her mother Josephine Rose; her sisters “Terri” Millen (Ron) and Jane Rose; nieces Heather (Michael), Stacy (Neil), Kim (Bill); nephew Michael (Jan); great nephews Ian, Zachary, Rian, Joe, Michael and Connor; and great nieces Joy and Alexia.
A very special thank you to all the medical staff, especially Dr. Vincent Silva and Dr. John Carr of Nanaimo, who went to exceptional lengths for Deb. The family is very grateful to all the people involved with her health for their help and support. Also, thanks to Telford Nault of Ladysmith for his sympathy and assistance at this sad time.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC SPCA or another charity of choice may be made in Deborah’s memory, and would be sincerely appreciated.
Arrangements confidently assigned to TELFORD’S MID-ISLAND MEMORIAL SERVICES 245-5553.