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With deepest sorrow we announce the passing of Freda Mary Blix, beautiful giving wife, nurturing mom/mum and generous loving grandmother (“Nana”) on August 1 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital.   After a short but valiant struggle with Myelodysplasia, she exited our lives the same way she chose to live hers – with dignity, compassion, endless grace and tremendous love of family.     Surrounded by loved ones in her last weeks of life and with kind concern for those around her never wavering, she fought tenaciously to beat her illness.    She is predeceased by loving parents, William and Ethel Lawson; and survived by husband, Trygve Mathias Blix; sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Arnold Hardbottle; daughter, Ann-Marie; son, Grant; son-in-law Kermit;  grandchildren, Austin, Ashton & Ashlie; and cousins Stuart and Peter.

Born and raised in Leeds, England, Freda saw the ravages of WW II from a safer distance than many, commuting frequently to ‘Overdale’ the beloved family cottage in Burtersett, Yorkshire.  In the late 50’s traveling to Canada by herself at age 28 was a bold new adventure that changed her life forever when she met and married her husband of 52 years, Trygve in the Northwestern town of Ft. St. John, B.C.  By 1964, she was a busy mother to a toddler and a newborn, while resettling in Norway, birth place and home to Trygve.  In 1966 the family of four moved back to Canada, this time Burnaby, BC where they remained until 1987.   Her favorite past-time was long summers spent at their treasured hand crafted log cabin at Charlotte Lake.   Freda also loved retirement in the beautiful Shuswap, where, for over 25 years, her appreciation for the natural outdoors, time with family and gift for cooking and gardening remained an integral part of her life.  She will be so missed.  Mom/Nana, you will never be forgotten.

Online condolences can be sent through Freda’s obituary at

Celebration of Life will be held on Sept. 14 in Salmon Arm. If you desire, please make a donation in her honour to a wildlife/nature conservation society of your choice.

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