We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Maureen Isabelle Coupland (nee Welch) of Courtenay, BC, in Cancun Mexico May 1st, 2015. She failed to recover from a brief illness, but had enjoyed her final days at the wedding and reception for grandson Jerod.
Predeceased by Russell
Coupland, her partner and husband of close to six decades, Maureen is survived by sons Clare (Shirley-Ann) of Gabriola Island, BC, Calum of Langley, BC, daughters Karen Dodds (John) of Braeside, ON, Coral of Courtenay, BC, and grandchildren Christopher (Kristen), Medicine Hat, AB, Kimberly (Brian), Saguenay, QC, Ceara of Courtenay, BC, Colin of Cumberland, BC and Jerod (Lauren), Edmonton, AB. Maureen is also survived by half-siblings Boyd Welch (Edna), Omemee, ON, Glenda Brown (late Darwin), North Bay, ON, Marlyn Newell (Al), Huntsville, ON, Anthony Welch (Pat), Huntsville, ON, aunt Marg Gallagher, Waterdown, ON, and sister-in-law Eleanor Cote, Maniwaki, QC.
Born in Kirkland Lake Ontario in 1932 Maureen lost her father James Welch during the Normandy invasion twelve years later. Independence and fortitude were required early. She found great pleasure as she created new homes. She farmed and raised four children with husband Russell in the Upper Ottawa Valley. Upon retirement in the early 1980s she and Russell traveled many times across Canada. In the Comox Valley they found a new home in a very special neighbourhood filled with very special friends.
A private family service will be held followed by a celebration of Maureen’s life at her Seal Bay home at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Maureen’s memory to Seal Bay Park where she enjoyed many walks on Coupland Loop. Seal Bay Park c/o Comox Valley Regional District, 600 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC, V9N 3P6.