NORA BERNADETTE (nee Yeates) STADE

November 28, 1924 – October 2, 2011

STADE, NORA BERNADETTE (nee Yeates) passed away peacefully at the Bulkley Lodge on October 2, 2011 at the age of 86 years.

Mother has gone to join her faithful friend Scottie.

Nora Bernadette Yeates was born November 28, 1924 in Russell, Manitoba, daughter of William Andrew Yeates and his wife Agnes Stella (Babin), where she attended school and at age 18 joined the Royal Canadian Air Force where she met her future husband, Mervin Stade. They got married while in the service in Mont Jolie, Quebec, October 14, 1943. Mrs Stade felt comfortable in Quebec as she spoke French, which she had learned from her mother. She left the Air Force to have her first child, Wanda, in August 1944 and continued living in Chilliwack, BC while her husband continued service in various places in Canada. At one point, they lived in the Air Force Base at Pennfield Ridge, Nova Scotia.

Nora and Mervin moved from Comox to Abbotsford, BC and Chilliwack to Prince George, BC then to Smithers and Telkwa, BC over the years from 1946, and had six more children: (Nora) Elaine, Sylvia, Roger, Ralph, Ryan, and Randy. Mrs. Stade was a full time homemaker and loved to read, garden, take care of the farm animals and harvest the hay on the farm in Smithers. She was a very hard worker and cut, hauled and chopped firewood up until she was 80, when dementia started to overcome her.

Mrs. Stade was predeceased by her father in 1954, her mother in 1969, her husband in 1993, and her sister Shirley Babin in 1997. She is survived by all seven children: Wanda (Arvid) Iverson of Twisp, Washington; Elaine Stade of Vancouver, BC; Sylvia Belanger of Telkwa, BC; Roger Stade of Kamloops, BC; Ralph Stade of Port McNeil, BC; Ryan (Sherry) Stade of Kamloops, BC; and Randall (Rene) Stade of Telkwa, BC. She has 6 grandchildren: Tim (Kim) Belanger of Castlegar, BC; David Belanger of Prince Rupert, BC; Jana and Colby Stade of Kamloops, BC; Morgan Stade of Roystan, BC; and Cory Stade of Vancouver, BC. She has one great-grandchild: Laura Belanger of Castlegar, BC.

Thanks to Dr. Blouw and the staff at the Bulkley Lodge for helping keep Nora comfortable through her days. Cremation with no service requested. Donation in lieu of flowers would be appreciated to a local charity in Nora’s name.


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