February 16, 1927 – June 20, 2019
Hazel was born on February 16, 1927 to Florence A. (nee Gritchen) and George P. Popoff in Grand Forks, B.C. She was the eldest child, with a younger brother, Gordon and a baby sister, Molly (who passed away in infancy). Hazel’s father passed away when she was five years old and her mother remarried Nickolas P. Popoff from Kylemore, Saskatchewan. She gained step-siblings Nick, Florence, Marica and Peter, and later, a half brother Joseph and half sister Leeza.
Hazel married Nick Kinakin in Oliver in 1945 before moving to Grand Forks where their daughter Elaine and sons Ken and Ed were born. She gardened, taught Sunday School , waitressed and later became one of the town’s first Home Support Workers. She was a devoted member of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (USCC) and the USCC Ladies Group.
Hazel loved to sing and excelled in painting, embroidery and fringing Doukhobor shawls. She journaled regularly and loved to travel. She journeyed across Canada and to Reno, Hawaii, Mexico, Cuba, China and Egypt.
In 1991, Hazel and Nick moved to Creston. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1995 before Nick’s passing in 1998. She continued to lived in Creston, spending her last two years at Crestview Village. Hazel passed away on June 20, 2019 at 92 years of age.
Hazel was predeceased by: her parents Florence and George P. Popoff, step-father Nicholas P. Popoff, sisters Molly, Florence Prince and Marcia Tomilin; brothers Gordon Popoff, Nick Popoff, Peter Popoff and Joseph Popoff; son-in-law John Poznikoff; and husband Nick Kinakin.
She is survived by her children, Elaine Poznikoff, Ken (Marie) Kinakin, Ed (Karen) Kinakin, sister Liz (Bill) Pepin, six grandchildren, 11 great- grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral Service was held June 26, 2019 at the USCC Community Centre with burial in Sion Cemetery, Grand Forks, BC.
The family would like to thank Dr. Tara Guthrie, nurses and staff at Creston Hospital and the staff at Crest View Village for the excellent care provided to Hazel. Thanks also to the USCC organization and Everett, Howard and Deborah at the Grand Forks Funeral Home.
May she rest in peace.