ISLA ETHEL (NEE BOCK) VANSTONE

The family announces with great sorrow Isla’s passing at age 78 years on August 5, 2011 at Extendicare York. Beloved wife of Carl Vanstone for over 50 years. Daughter of Melvin and Winifred Bock, both predeceased. Loving mother of Stephen (wife Nancy Mills) of Hillsburgh, Judith of Markham, and Susan of Toronto. Proud grandmother of Liam and Reid Vanstone, and Sarah, Geoffrey, and Jenna Irvine. Cherished sister of Elgin Bock (Anne) of Kingston, and aunt to Kerry, Jennifer, and Dean Bock. A proud “Haweater,” Isla was born and raised in Little Current on Manitoulin Island, and trained as a Registered Nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She began her nursing career on Manitoulin at the Little Current Hospital before moving to Sudbury to work at the Memorial Hospital, becoming head nurse of pediatrics until retiring from the profession to raise three children. Isla was a dedicated, long-term member of St. Peter’s United Church, involved with the United Church Women, Church Council, and innumerable committees and events over the years. At a ceremony in March 2010, she cut the opening ribbon for the church’s accessibility elevator. The family deeply thanks the St. Peter’s community for their kindness and support for Isla. Throughout her life, Isla was active with gardening and needlework, and for a number of years, she volunteered with The Arthritis Society, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Sudbury Regional Cancer Treatment Centre. Despite significant chronic health challenges, Isla’s strength of will and perseverance in difficult times inspired all who knew her. She never complained and was always grateful for the gifts in her life. Her legacy of quiet strength and kindness will never be forgotten. The family would like to thank the staff of Extendicare York’s third floor for their care and compassion for Isla over the past four years. Resting at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury. Friends may call Wednesday, August 10, 2011 from 2 – 5 pm and 7 – 9 pm. Funeral Service in St. Peter’s United Church, 203 York Street, Sudbury on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 2 pm. Cremation at the Park Lawn Crematorium with interment in family plot at Civic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Arthritis Society would be appreciated.