On Aug. 21, 2023, Janice Rullan (née Nash) passed away peacefully at Vista Village in Pincher Creek, Alta., after another journey with cancer.
Janice was born the middle of six children in Manchester, England, to John and Molly Nash on Sept. 8, 1944.
She trained as a nursery nurse, a nurse at Salford Royal Hospital and a midwife before embarking on an adventure to Canada with two friends to Smithers, B.C., for 12 months. The 12 months turned into 54 years when she met Fernando, the handsome lab tech from the Philippines. They planned to live in every province, first stopping in Pincher Creek to work at the hospital. They loved it, married and created a life there for the rest of their lives.
A lifelong caregiver, she started a home-based nursery school, helped to start the Charlie Brown Preschool and then the first daycare in Pincher Creek. She then refreshed her nursing and enjoyed a long career as an RN at the hospital, ending her career as a home-care RN.
Janice was welcoming, kind and compassionate to all she met; loved the community, quilting, swimming, travelling, being active in the Anglican church and all things British. We were only a little Canadian family of four, but through her dedication to ensuring we knew our faraway family in England and the Philippines, as well as embracing the friends around us, our family always felt so supported and large.
Janice will be lovingly remembered by her children: Janifer (Chris) Calvez of Okotoks, Jonathan (Cindy) Rullan of Calgary, Maricel Cabutotan of Pincher Creek and Frederick (Vangie) Rullan of Caoigue, Philippines. Her grandchildren: Janna (Mackenzie), Nash, Nik, Khristella Mae (Joseph), Kevin, Kenn (Roxanne), Froilan (Jenny), Venessse, Francine and Fernando; and great-grandchildren: Josh, Jella, Kean, Fionna, Francesse. As well as her siblings, Jeanne (Gunter) Campe (of Germany), and Jack Nash, Jeff (Bernadette) Nash, Jennifer Nash, Joyce (Terry) Lomax (all of England), many cherished nieces and nephews, and all the friends we consider family.
She was predeceased by her parents, her loving husband Fernando, baby brother Edward, niece Heather Nash, sister-in-law Betty Nash, son-in-law Fred Cabutotan and grandchild Von Rullan.
Special thanks to friends and family, Whispering Winds, Vista Village and the medical staff that aided in her end-of-life care.
If desired, donations may be made in her memory to the Windy Slopes Foundation, PO Box 2554, Pincher Creek, AB, T0K 1W0; or to a charity of one’s choice.
A memorial service took place on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, at St. John’s Anglican Church in Pincher Creek, Alta., with Rev. Doug Rawling officiating. Following the Service, a reception was held in the Anglican church hall. A graveside service was held in Fairview Cemetery, Pincher Creek.
Arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home.