April 29, 2022
It is with profound sadness that the family of Eleanor Santos (Ely), announce her passing on Friday, April 29th, 2022 at the age of 84 years.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 57 years, Perfecto (Pec); children: Ginny (James) of Castlegar BC, and Antoinette of Calgary AB; grandchildren: Nicholous, Seraphina and Maximilian (Max), as well as numerous family and friends.
Ely was born and raised in Iloilo Philippines, and immigrated to Canada with her husband and infant Ginny in 1966. The family lived in Calgary AB, Vancouver BC, Pine Point NWT, then finally settling in Castlegar in 1977.
Ely taught Filipino Cooking Classes through the Castlegar Recreation Center before opening up her first little store, Bamboo House, later to relocate to the corner of 3rd Street and Columbia Avenue where she expanded into Ely’s Boutique & Gift Shop in 1987. Ely specialized in graduation and wedding gowns and was well known throughout the region. Her store was her passion and she was more than happy to offer her expertise to her customers when choosing their special occasion dresses.
Ely was a vibrant, caring person with a bright and charismatic personality. Her warm, good hearted kindness was felt by everyone who had the honour of knowing her and she will be sadly missed.
At the request of the family, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate a hand written note in a card with your favourite story about Ely.
Memorial Donations may be made in Ely’s name to The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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