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Agnes Sutherland

March 10, 1917 - March 25, 2016

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Agnes passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family and the loving staff at Sunnybank Center, at the age of 99.

Agnes moved to Oliver with her family in 1926. She attended school in the Little Red Schoolhouse where the School Board Office now sits. She participated in Drama and sports in high school. Love of nature found her roaming the hills on horseback with her brother Tom and friends.

Agnes moved to the Kootenays and married her first husband Peter MacDougal. Their daughter Sally was born in Nelson. Peter was in an industrial accident and died in 1938, leaving Agnes a widow with an 8 month old daughter. Agnes married Albert Sutherland and had three sons, Fraser, David and John. Albert gained a daughter who he said “came with the deal”. Agnes and Albert settled in Oliver in 1944.

While raising their family Agnes studied piano and gained her degree through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Through the encouragement of Dorothy Fraser, she began teaching piano lessons in both Oliver and Osoyoos. Many will remember gathering around the Grand Piano in her living room for music recitals. Agnes played for local events, the Oliver Choral society, churches and school operettas.

Art and pottery became another part of her life which she shared with many others. Agnes was involved with the formation of the Oliver Community Arts Council in the early 1960's and has been a key figure in promoting the arts and music in our community. Her legacy and her smile will live on forever.

Agnes was predeceased by her husband Peter, husband Albert, mother Georgiana Evans, father David Evans, granddaughter Laura Sutherland, brother Tom Evans, brother Clark Evans and very recently sister Esther Dawson.

Agnes will be deeply missed by her loving family, sister Evie New, sister Olive Barrett and brother David Evans (Jean). Her daughter, Sally Franks (Richard Burgess), Fraser Sutherland (Genniene), David Sutherland (Sieglinde), John Sutherland (Rene). Grandchildren, John Franks (Pam), David Franks (Kim), Fraser Sutherland (Lori), Tanis Sutherland, Jason Sutherland and Theresa Johnston (Barry) and 13 great-grandchildren

Agnes was Aunt and Great Aunt to many who will miss her. Agnes will be remembered by all as a fun and feisty lady who lived her life with passion.

Her pursuit of all her diverse interests and talents is an inspiration.

Agnes was known for her volunteering in the Community, her music, art and Letters to the editor. Credit goes to her for saving Conkle Lake, the Hike and Bike Trail, and standing up for her beliefs. Agnes served on many committees for the benefit of Oliver.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday April 16, 2016 at the Oliver Seniors Centre.

In lieu of flowers please make your donations to the Oliver Community Arts Council, Po Box 1711, Oliver B.C. V0H1T0 in Memory of Agnes Sutherland to provide a permanent Memorial to honour Agnes.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Fiona & Irv Wood
Relation: Royal Purple

Condolences to all of Aggie’s family. She will be greatly missed. What an amazing, extremely talented lady.

From: Audrey and Mark Silbernagel and Family
Relation: Friends of Sally and Richard

Our thoughts are with all of you at this time of loss. Agnes was truly an inspiration and her presence will be greatly missed in Oliver.

From: Mark, Sherry, Maxine & Madisson Davison
Relation: Friend/Family

Agnes was an amazing, talented and beautiful woman with so many amazing stories. We adored Agnes and are sorry for your loss.

From: Erin Fawcett
Relation: Friend

I was so sorry to hear of Miss Aggie’s passing. She was an amazing women’ and I will truly miss her summer visits to Saltspring and listening to her stories and piano playing.
She was a Mom to so many and an inspiration to all.
Thank you to the Sutherland family for sharing such a beautiful sole with all of us.
My heart goes out to all of you
Much Love and respect
Erin

From: Linda and Ken Nunweiler
Relation: Piano teacher, through Sally and Art Jam

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From: Catharine Cunnington
Relation: family friend

My dear old friend Sally…….I am so sad for you. Your mom was an amazing talented mother. And you have been an amazing caring devoted daughter. Oh how I remember the eastside basement house, cutting hair, being brats, and having great fun! How your mom put up with my piano playing…..I’ll never know…you should hear me now! She helped many of our family members develop their interest and skills. When we tinkle the ivory’s we think of Aggie! Bob and I wrote a song……along time ago, and your mom liked it! She wrote the piano score for us. We did try to publish it but haven’t become famous yet! Memories last forever, Lots of love after all these years XOXO

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 16, 2016
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
Oliver Seniors Centre
5876 Airport Street
Oliver, BC Canada

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday April 16, 2016 at the Oliver Seniors Centre.

5876 Airport Street
Oliver, BC Canada

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

In lieu of flowers please make your donations to the Oliver Community Arts Council, Po Box 1711, Oliver B.C. V0H1T0 in Memory of Agnes Sutherland to provide a permanent Memorial to honour Agnes.

 

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