It is with deep regret we announce the sudden, but peaceful passing of Agathe Champagne-Botting on February 8, 2012.

Predeceased by her beloved husband, Ken Botting, and siblings: Leon, Andre, Paul, Lorraine, Joseph and John; she leaves to mourn her step daughters, Vanessa and Antonia (Marusha): step grandson, Adrian (Tamara) and step great grandchildren, Spencer and Hudsyn. She is survived by her sister, Rosa; brothers: Ivan (Bernie), Larry (Cecile), and Lou (Rosemary): and sisters-in-law, June and Anita.

Agathe was born on March 19, 1933 and grew up in St. Anne, Manitoba. She taught for 29 years in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan, focusing on French and Religious Studies. Her passion for learning remained throughout her life.

Agathe met the love of her life, Kenneth in Saskatoon. Married for 18 years, they retired to Qualicum Beach and spent their remaining joyful years together travelling, golfing and embracing life on the Island.

Agathe will be sorely missed by her treasured nieces, nephews, and devoted friends from coast to coast. Agathe nurtured and valued all of her relationships and always spoke lovingly of her family and friends. She was especially touched by the outpouring of support after the loss of Ken.

A multi-talented woman, Agathe possessed a keen intellect and boundless creative spirit. She was deeply devoted to her church and her faith. Her integrity, strength of character and delightful sense of humor will remain a touchstone to those who will hold her in their hearts.

The funeral will take place at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 17th at the Church of the Ascension, 887 Wembley Rd. in Parksville, BC. Inter ment will take place at Cedar Valley memorial Gardens in Cedar, BC following a reception at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vancouver Island University Foundation, c/o VIU Development & Alumni Office, 114-59 Wharf Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2X3. Please direct the donation to the Agathe & Kenneth Botting Education Award.

Nanaimo News Bulletin

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