Elena Plotnikoff

It is with great sorrow and aching hearts that we share the passing of our dearest mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend Elena (Eileen O) Plotnikoff on May 12th 2020.

Elena was born in the community of Castlegar BC where she attended high school and later received her Business Diploma from Cooks College in Trail, BC.

She leaves behind her children: Kathy (Dave); Rick (Hilde); Luba (Bill) and 6 beautiful grandchildren: Rachel; Andrea (David); Whitney; Luke; Skyler and Sasha. Her 3 sisters: Ruby (Frank); Nila (Louis); Sharon (Chris) and nieces/nephews, friends and family in Victoria and the BC Interior.

She married the love of her life Peter Plotnikoff on May 21, 1958 in a Doukhobour ceremony surrounded by family and friends.  First living in Slocan Park they raised 3 active children and when work opportunities arose, they moved to Creston, BC to join Peter’s extended family. While Peter owned PNP Trucking & Logging, Elena worked as a secretary until she received her Real Estate license in 1972.  She pursued her passion and became one of the top realtors in the region.  Elena was also very active in the community and enjoyed bowling, curling, golfing and softball, as well as her very creative talents in cooking, gardening and painting.

Her favourite times were spent at their Kootenay Lake property with family and friends for her famous mini reunions.  After the passing of her beloved Peter in October of 1983, she relocated to Victoria to be closer to her 3 children. She continued to be a passionate and successful realtor for over 40 years.

Our mother had an unshakable positive attitude toward life, an incredible amount of energy and loved her family more than anything.

She developed cancer in 2012 but never let it hold her back from enjoying life. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her children and is now reunited with Peter in heaven.

We would like to thank the kind and caring nursing and recreation team at Selkirk Seniors Village, in Victoria, BC who made a big difference during a difficult time.  Thank You to Dr. Matt Vaughn for his care and compassionate bedside manner.  We also thank the staff at Pacific Coast Cremation for their professional, kind and respectful service.

We were so blessed to have had such an amazing, generous loving and remarkable Mom, Baba, and Sister and we will miss her tender heart and warm embrace. She leaves a legacy and memories that we will cherish forever.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves moments and memories that no one can steal!

Love you always & forever Momma!!!

Food and love feed the soul and in lieu of flowers Mom would want people to make a donation to their local Food Bank.

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  1. Susanne Scarborough

    What a beautiful tribute to Elena!! It is nice to know more about her and what she did. An amazing woman. Thank you for sharing:)

    xo Susanne and Joe

    • Luba Plotnikoff

      Thank you so much Susanne. Our Mom was indeed such an amazing woman and so glad you were able to share some time with her too. Warm regards, Luba

  2. Cheryl MacKinnon

    Beautiful tribute to a remarkable woman. Loved reading about her life. Thank you for sharing as we send deepest sympathy to you and your family, dear Luba. To love and feed people. Your momma leaves a lasting legacy through each of you. We have donated to our local food bank in her honour. Much love, Cheryl and family

    • Luba Plotnikoff

      Oh Cheryl, thank you so much for the kindness you always share. Mom always filled our hearts with love and our tummies with delicious food. She was such a generous soul and always made it part of her culture to give whenever you can. Thank you so much for donating to your local Food Bank. Hugs to you and your beautiful family!

  3. marlene j quaife

    I was so sad to see that my dear friend Elena passed on May 12 2020. We were realtors and partners at Montreal trust for 2 years but remained friends until I moved to Duncan. We still phoned and emailed until my husband Jim passed in 2014 and I lost contact with Elena after that.
    my dear friend, I know you are now with Peter. your friend Marlene Quaife

    • Luba Plotnikoff

      Thank You Marlene. Mom so enjoyed working with you and always shared fond memories of your friendship.
      Stay healthy, best regards Luba and family

  4. Alf and Karen Czar

    We are sorry to hear you have lost a beautiful soul dear to you. May she rest in peace knowing she was loved and admired. Sending our love to you all. Alf and Karen Czar and family

    • Luba Plotnikoff

      Thank You both. Alf can recall many fun times at the lake and we cherish them all too. Stay healthy, hugs from Luba and family!

  5. To Elena’s family: I knew Elena when we were both Realtors with Pemberton Holmes. I have pleasant memories of her and no doubt you will have many more of your own. I hope they are of comfort to you at this difficult time.

    • Luba Plotnikoff

      Thank You Bob.
      Mom absolutely loved being a realtor and working with you and the team at Pemberton Holmes. Take good care from our family to yours!

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