December 9, 1932- August 23, 2011
Florence was born in Pass Creek, BC on December 9, 1932 into the family of Fenya and Phillip Hadikin. She had a happy childhood and attended school not far from her home. Funeral services were held at the Brilliant Cultural Centre on August 27, 2011 with burial at Pass Creek Cemetery.
In her younger years Florence worked as a junior cook in logging camps. This started her legacy of cooking for large groups and she became a Head Cook at weddings, funerals and fund raisers. She loved cooking as well as baking, gardening, entertaining, travelling, camping, picking mushrooms and picking huckleberries. She enjoyed the outdoors immensely. She also had a special touch for animals with numerous pets thriving under her care.
Florence married Sam Popoff on July 18, 1953. Florence and Sam lived in Pass Creek where they raised their 3 children, Diana Parker, Hapa (Gary) Christiansen and Johnny (Neva) Popoff. After living for 52 years in Pass Creek, Sam and Florence moved to Castlegar where they resided for the past 6 years at Sandalwood Court.
Florence and Sam were blessed with 5 grandchildren— Tanya (Michael) Christiansen Flood, Malcolm Christiansen, Eric and Jake Parker and Alexander Popoff.
Florence and Sam loved travelling. Their travels took them to the Soviet Union, across Canada in their motor home, down the Oregon Coast to California, along the Alaska Highway to the Yukon, as well as to various camping spots and Hot Springs such as Ainsworth and Nakusp.
Florence was well known for welcoming her family and friends into her home and especially at her dining table as a delicious meal was always served. She was very hospitable. She extended her love to everyone and always had a smile and kind word for all.
Florence was a lifetime member of the USCC. She taught Sunday School, participated in the Pass Creek Local, volunteered at the Verigin Memorial Park and regularly participated in Doukobour functions, thus sharing her faith. Her many talents included singing psalms, reciting prayers and embroidering and fringing traditional Doukobour shawls. It was very important to Florence for her family to understand and live the Christian life in a Doukobour culture.
Florence took great pride in her family, home and garden. Her husband, children, grandchildren and immediate family were most important to her. She taught her children the joy of singing and encouraged them to participate in choirs.
Florence was predeceased by her parents, her older sister Mabel (John) Zaytsoff, her younger siblings John (Alice) Hadikin and Annie (Fred) Sherstobitoff .
Florence went to be with her Lord on August 23, 2011. She will be sadly missed and will remain forever in our hearts.
Florence’s family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses, medical staff and home support workers who assisted in Mom’s care over the years.
Thank you to all our relatives, friends and neighbors who supported us with your kind words, visits, telephone calls, cards, flowers, food, gifts and donations.
Thank you to the Grand Forks Funeral Home for their compassionate and professional services.
Thank you to Ernie Verigin for officiating at Mom’s funeral. Thank you to the psalmists and congregational singers and all those who came to support the family.
As an expression of condolence donations in Florence’s memory may be made to: USCC Iskra magazine, Box 760, Grand Forks, BC, V0H1H0 (250-442-8252).