Obituary of Eleanor MULLINS

Eleanor, Ellie, Mom, “Nanny” to many, left this world gently and peacefully on January 29, 2018, spending her last, beautiful weekend at home, surrounded by so many of those she loved.


Born in Cranbrook BC to William Neon Mullins and Julia Celia Mullins (nee Matson), Eleanor was predeceased by both her parents, her sister, Audrey Coyle and her grandson, William Mondok. She was proud of her accomplishments in her career with the provincial ministry of human resources, but where she focused her energies and love was on her family, her music, and her amazing ability to turn out limitless beautiful crafts.  Eleanor was generous, loving, spontaneous, silly, endlessly curious, passionate, always ready to leap at an opportunity to enjoy herself, to dance as if no one was watching, and to take part in tea parties with the little ones in her life. She never met a craft or artistic endeavor that she didn’t love. More recently she was quite delighted by clarifications of family history past and the discovery of many more people that were part of her family.  She waved fond farewell to her former Irish heritage and embraced her new Ukrainian roots with enthusiasm. Thank you Gail for giving her that gift. 


“Oh my shattered nerves!” She will be so fondly remembered for her many Nanny-isms: the years of carrying about matched luggage sets in the form of bags of yarn wherever she went; the glue stick incident; yards and yards and yards and yards of fabric; our beds piled high with beautiful quilts; productions from every fabric art she could lay her hands on; her amazing eye for colour; her expert seamstress skills (“Nanny could do that better, you know!”); the Christmas mice and Santas; doll making; felting; Tweedledee and Tweedledum; the ladies of the village; her “safe” sweater - “Tante Lolo!”; the incredible meals she could whip up at a moment’s notice; that wonderful end-of-garden relish; pult; borscht; her beautiful gardens; always dressed with flare; roaring around with John in his beautiful yellow Lotus; her many escapades on her trips to Mexico and Europe; her passion for life – there was always another adventure around the corner; delivering her words of wisdom as an elder at Loren & Molly’s wedding.  Curious to the end, she endeared herself to her caregivers through the personal interest she took in each one of them, and they, in turn, ensured they came to say goodbye. 


Eleanor faced the end with inspiring fortitude, wisdom and grace. She is survived by her partner, John Instone; daughter Lynn Hunter (Ben Sopow), grandson David Hunter (Candace Low), great-grandchildren Quinn and Nina; granddaughter Jennifer Lastiwka, great-grandchildren Hunter and Robyn; son Delton Mondok; son James Mondok (Margaret Sasges), godchildren Daemon and Nina; former husband, Joseph Mondok; niece Debbie Coyle, great-nieces Amanda and Melody; sister Lorraine MacArthur, and so many other members of her extended family: Nancy, Glenn, Cameron & Travis; Marc, Laureena & Madeleine; Loren, Molly, Luen & Alida; Juanita and Elaine; Mrs. Shibley (Patricia); Rosie, Kody, Finley & Declan; Rob and Cody; Charlotte; Lynn D; the East-Coast Mondoks and so many more who meant so much to her over the years.


And, sorry, but we just could not play that song!


Her beautiful light now shines from the other side.  Watch out Grampa!


She is greatly missed.


‘Til we meet again. 


Donations in Eleanor’s memory may be made to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation for the neo-natal intensive care unit. www.victoriahf.ca


A celebration of Eleanor’s life and display of her many crafts will take place at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00.  You are invited to bring any of the crafts you have received from Eleanor over the years, to contribute to the Nanny art show.