Angela passed away suddenly at home in Terrace on April 13, 2013 at the age of 55. Survived by devoted partner Erich Penner, children Natasha (Adam), Shyla (David), grandchildren Daniel, Ella and Brooke, as well as Erich’s son Greg Penner and grandchildren Mitchell Olson and Sidney Penner. Angela also leaves behind adopted daughter Melissa Lawlor and her children Elie, Christian, Honrei and Sinclair, who knew Angela as Ge’ets and many siblings, close relatives and friends.
Born in Vancouver, B.C., Angela spent most of her life in Terrace where she played a strong role in the community as an advocate for youth, seniors, people with special needs and the disadvantaged. Over the years, she held multiple positions in local organizations; she served as a board member for the K’San House Society, the Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of B.C., and Labour Force Development Canada as well as serving as chairperson of the Anti-Poverty Tribunal and president of Planned Parenthood. Angela was also a great proponent of education and spent many hours teaching literacy skills at the Terrace Correctional Centre and also helped place international business programs in Ontario schools in her work with Junior Achievement of Peel. Always ready with a helping hand and a heart full of compassion, Angela’s compassionate and empathetic nature lead her to earn a Certificate of Social Work in 2007, which she put to good use providing support for community members facing multiple and persistent barriers. Her sharp wit, great sense of humour and beautiful smile will be missed by the many friends she leaves behind. Angela was truly a woman of the people, described as the “calm in the eye of the storm” for so many who were the lucky recipients of her hard-won wisdom. A celebration of life will be held this summer in Terrace, B.C. We are grateful to MacKay’s Funeral Services for their assistance during this time.