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November 26, 1947 — January 5, 2012

November 26, 1947 to January 5, 2012

A great-granddaughter of Kelowna’s first Mayor, Blanche was born to Harry and Betty Chaplin on November 26, 1947 at Kelowna General Hospital, the smallest baby to survive for ten years.  Her early years were spent on the family farm, Orchard Bays, currently known as Traders Cove Regional Park, then in the South Pandosy area, always returning to the farm, originally via the ferries which she loved.  An avid swimmer, who could hold her breath for a full four minutes, Blan enjoyed her beloved beach for many summers, often with relatives and friends who came to enjoy the lake.  Blanche married her high school sweetheart, Douglas Nishi, working in banking wherever Doug was transferred with IBM, spending several years in Regina and Vancouver.  Everywhere she went, Blan made many friends.  In the early nineties, she was so happy to move home to Kelowna again.  Unfortunately, Doug soon started to show signs of early dementia, which came to define Blan’s life for many years.  Blanche carried on with the help of family and friends.  In August 2005, Doug had to be placed in a care home.  As always, “Auntie Blannie” especially enjoyed being involved in the lives of her nieces and nephews.  Everyone was devastated when as soon as 2007, Blanche herself started to show signs of dementia.  Over the next four years, Blanche never lost her goodwill, and made every effort to express her gratitude to her caregivers.  She was born too soon and had to struggle for life at the beginning and end.



As a young person, Blan was active in St. Paul’s Sunday School, Junior Choir, Explorers, CGIT, and Youth Group.  She loved Girl Guides as a Brownie, Guide, (she was proud to be in the honour guard in City Park for Princess Margaret’s arrival to open the “new” Okanagan Lake Bridge), and Sea Rangers. Blanche had a beautiful touch on the piano.  She loved to sing, singing as she worked around her home, to read, and to play board games. History, real, especially that of England, and Doug’s Japanese heritage, and imaginary, such as the world of King Arthur, fascinated her.  She loved movies, the British Royalty, and was a long-time fan of British Mysteries and Coronation Street. Blan enjoyed crafts, being especially talented at candle-making.  She and Doug were among the first to create computerized special occasion cards.  She loved animals and sitting by a campfire, singing or chatting or just enjoying the flames.  Family and Okanagan Lake meant the world to her.


Blanche was predeceased by her mother in 1987, and her father in December 2010. She is survived by her husband, Doug Nishi, her two sisters and their families: Marjorie (John Beales), Johnny (Joanie) and newborn Benjamin, Meredith, David (Karen + 1) and Graham, and Mary (Bruce Thompson), Laura Martini (Ryan), and Scott, and her in-laws, Ron and Rosaline Nishi, (Dawne), Florence Ishiguro (Shun), Kevin (Raelene), Lauren and Justin, and Andrea Ishiguro (Eric Ronay), Gabriel and Evan, aunts, uncles, many cousins, and her beloved little dog, Lacey.


A warm thank you to Blanche’s caregivers on the Ethel Glen Unit of Cottonwoods for their gentle care and special efforts to help her always look her best, and for their support of her sisters.  A very special thank you to Nola Schweitzer, whose extra care helped enrich Blanche’s last year and a half.  A Memorial Service will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church, Lakeshore Road, Kelowna.  Please make any donations to research on Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease or the charity of your choice.  Arrangements in care of Springfield Funeral Home, www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077, with thanks for their many years of support of families with dementia.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.

St. Paul's United Church

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Service Details

The service for NISHI, BLANCHE ETHEL (nee Chaplin) is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. Paul's United Church

Lakeshore Road, Kelowna


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  • Norma & Fred Popp says:

    Dear Marjorie,Mary and Family’s,we are so sorry for your loss of Blanie.We hope to be with all of you to say good-by to her.Love & Caring with Sympathy.Norma & Fred.

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