Suvania (Suva) Norrish passed away peacefully on April 10, 2011 at Chilliwack, BC at the age of 75 years.

Suva is survived by her devoted husband, Harold and lovingly remembered by her children, Karolyn (Mike) McChesney, Diane (Jim) Hipwell and Randy (Carmen) Norrish; grandchildren, Sarah (Ashley), Chad, Ryan, Spenser, Bryson, Janaya, Garrett, Paige, Stephen and Peyton.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ate and Salu Ualesi and her sister, Lolu.

Suva was born May 16, 1935 on the Polynesian Island of Samoa. She was the second eldest of six children.

After several years of courtship with her soul-mate, later her husband, Harold (Hal) Norrish, Suva immigrated to Chilliwack on Valentine’s Day, 1972.

They married in July of the same year and settled in Chilliwack, which they considered home.

She worked briefly for the Ministry of Welfare, but her main occupation was home-maker.

As a grandmother and aunt to many, Suva established and organized an annual event that has become known as the “Baby Reunion Picnic”. This yearly event has been held ­every August since 1984.

Suva’s other loves, besides her family, was the game of golf and her garden. If she weren’t on the links, she would be working in her gardens.

Lately her health prevented her from doing some of the things she loved, however a blessing in disguise brought her rejuvenated energy and happiness… Tasi, her four legged child who, along with all her family, will miss her dreadfully.

A Service of Comfort for Relatives and Friends will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm in the Chapel of Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave., Chilliwack, BC.

If any so desire, donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Suva’s memory would be appreciated.

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