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Obituary notice for Janice Rullan of Pincher Creek

Janice Rullan Obituary

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.

Fireweed in Waterton painting held by Janifer and Janna Calvez

Fireweed Collective Society features local artist

It’s a long way from southern Alberta to Fort St. James, B.C., but, thanks to the power of the Internet, the Fireweed Collective Society was able to connect with local artist Janifer Calvez to use her artwork in its journals.

The society, which is a safe haven for women and children escaping violence, creates journals each year to give to ladies who come to the shelter. This year the artwork on the cover was created by Janifer.

The painting depicts fireweed in Waterton, so was the perfect fit for the Fireweed Collective Society, which was named after this type of flower.


Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

Fireweed grows after forest fires, so the society uses it as an analogy for survivors of violence. A quote included on the cover reads, “Though there is devastation, something beautiful grows.”

Though it may seem like the work was created specifically for the project, it was actually done long before the society reached out.

“They contacted me and asked for my permission to use it on the front of the journal,” says Janifer, who happily obliged.

“They were searching for a fireweed picture and came across my art online. I was really honoured to be able to contribute.”


Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta

The inspiration behind the painting came while she was hiking with her daughter, Janna, to Lineham Falls in Waterton one year. During the adventure, Janifer noticed all the fireweed that had grown, so she captured some photographs and later used them as reference material for a painting.

The resulting piece of art was finished in June of this year and took her two weeks to complete, which she says is relatively fast.

“It was for my daughter’s birthday so I wanted to get it done,” Janifer adds.

Since the announcement of the journal cover, many people have reached out to Janifer, asking to purchase prints of the painting. After talking to the Fireweed Collective Society, she decided to donate a portion of the sales to the group.

The artist splits her time between Cowley and Okotoks. If you are interested in purchasing a print, you can contact Janifer through her website,, or her Facebook page, Janifer Calvez Art.