It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Isabelle Mikhail on March 18th 2020. Isabelle passed away with the early morning sun shining on her face, her hands being held by family in her room at the Lynn Valley Care Centre. Born (January 25th 1926) and raised in Egypt, Isabelle moved to Ireland with her two babies to accompany her husband who was studying at Trinity College. The family returned to Egypt for a couple of years, then moved on to Sheffield England for a few years before immigrating to Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. After an initial transition period, Isabelle embraced her new life in Canada. She was an avid cook and started introducing other friends and faculty at the university to Middle Eastern food. Isabelle loved nothing more than to gather friends and family around a table of good food. She worked in security at Eatons and then later Woodwards. Isabelle also volunteered on the YWCA board and sang with the University of Lethbridge choir. She moved courageously to North Vancouver in her late 70s to start a new life where she made new friends and continued her love of travel with several of them.
Isabelle leaves behind her two daughters Carmen and May (Althea), her bother Pierre Malek, and her two grand-sons Kai (Amanda), and Spiery. She loved being Teta to her twin grand-sons since she herself tells many stories of raising her twin girls in those early years in Ireland. She is predeceased by her two sisters Rose and Antoinette as well as her brother Fawzi.
Our deepest gratitude goes to the staff at Lynn Valley Care Centre where they lovingly cared for our mother for the past 5 ½ years, especially over the past two weeks under difficult circumstances once the virus hit. There are angels who work there... your work doesn’t go unnoticed.
A gathering of family and friends will occur at a later date to celebrate Isabelle’s life.