FRANK, Norma Jean (Nonie)
April 8th, 1962 ~ February 22nd, 2010
Nonie Frank lost her five year battle with cancer on February 22nd 2010. Nonie is survived by her partner and best friend Randy Ross, sons Clayton Frank and Josh Frank, father Allen Ladouceur, brothers Lee, Scott, Greg, Mike, Kevin, Jamie and Jake, sisters Mary, Sandra, Lisa, and Karen, and my many more loving family members. She is predeceased by her mother Carol Brown and stepfather Harold Brown, grandparents Jake and Gladys Frank, and Aunts Pattie and Bev.
Nonie was raised on the K’omoks First Nations Reserve and went to school in K’omoks. After school, Nonie went on to work at the Cumberland Lodge for over 25 years; she was a hardworking and dedicated individual. She loved to make crafts and was very talented. Among other things, Nonie made beautiful cedar baskets, hats and ornaments. Nonie’s favourite past time was spending time with her family, and she espeically loved to watch her sons play sports; while they were growing up she spent countless hours watching their games and practices at Bill Moore Park. Nonie also enjoyed nature; she loved to go for walks and picnics, and made many happy memories on road trips with Randy.
First and foremost, Nonie was a proud and wonderful mother; her sons: Josh and Clayton meant the world to her. Nonie was a well respected community member. Nonie was a remarkably strong woman with enormous willpower. When diagnosed with cancer, Nonie made the decision to fight the disease head on saying “I won’t live with cancer, cancer will live with me.” She never complained about her fateful situation and remains an inspiration of strength and dignity to us all.
Nonie passed away in the comfort of her own home surrounded by the family she loved dearly.
Nonie, you’ll be sadly missed but never forgotten. One journey has ended and another has begun. Soar high with the eagles Nonie, you are forever in our hearts.
A Celebration of Life will be held in her honour on Sunday, March 7th at the K’omoks Band Hall at 1pm. If guests want to make a donation in Nonie’s name, please make it to the Canadian Cancer Society. Additionally, the family asks that guests of the Celebration bring a picture of Nonie with a caption representing a memory to put on display and share with everyone.