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General · 18th January 2019
Marisa Alps
Meiling Carole Denise Alps (née Wong) passed away quietly and peacefully on December 30, 2018, at her home on Quadra Island, BC, surrounded by family and loved ones.
 
Meiling was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on March 5, 1938. She was predeceased by her two husbands Melvin Weiss and William Alps, and is survived by her siblings Wendell, Hazel and Marilyn; her loving children David (Kathryn), Aaron, Derek and Marisa (Michele); and her loving grandchildren Elisa, Alex, Tristan (Ineke), Dylan, Matteo, Jared, Chiara, Sofia and Elena. She was also a caring stepmother to Jan and Taro, and leaves behind many devoted step-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
 
Meiling lived an amazing life as a mother, wife, friend, social worker, pottery maker, and artist. Although she spent parts of her life in Trinidad, England and the United States, Quadra Island was her true spiritual home. Everyone with the fortune to have her in their life was profoundly touched by her graceful soul, and she made the world a better place through the beauty of her art, the warmth of her home, and the love and respect she bestowed upon family, friends, and strangers alike. As a parting gift to planet earth she donated her six-hectare waterfront property in Hyacinthe Bay on Quadra to the Strathcona Regional District as a nature sanctuary.
 
Meiling leaves us with these parting words: “My life has been full and rewarding, made complete by my marriages, children, and grandchildren, each with their own contributions and talents. I feel that our world is enriched by their presence. I believe that we are all connected, and must care about and for each other. I will part this existence in hope that all those close to my heart will find ways to love and support their network of family and friends and their plans on earth. Seeing that all life is finite, I do not wish to live beyond my natural span, or be a drain on the limited energy and resources best directed to others in need. I do not fear dying and regard death as a passage or transition to another state of being. If not, and all ends, that’s OK. I’ve had my full share of the benefits of life on earth and wish only that my family and others are as fortunate.”
 
The family also wishes to thank Meiling’s medical team, the staff of the Quadra Island Medical Clinic, the Cancer Care Program at the Wellness Centre in Campbell River Hospital and the Community Care Nursing Services’ North Team. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Canadian Red Cross, which provided the necessary equipment Meiling needed to die at home comfortably, or the Strathcona Regional District, Hyacinthe Bay Nature Sanctuary fund.  
 
A celebration of life will be held at the Quadra Island Community Centre in March 2019.
A Privilege
Comment by Debbie on 23rd January 2019
It was my privilege to know Meiling. A unique lady living a unique life.