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Monday, 23 Nov 2015

Dorothy Bennet, born December 3, 1933 in Nelson, BC, passed away Monday, November 23, 2015 in Penticton after a courageous battle with cancer. Surviving are her loving family, sisters Babs of Victoria, Heather of Victoria, Sheila of Quesnel and brother Pat of Kamloops, children Steve (Beverlee) of High River, Karen (Bruce) of Calgary, Murray (Dani) of Castlegar, Mark of Ymir and Brian (Debra) of Penticton; thirteen grandchildren as well as three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Ken, grandson Jesse and parents John and Mirrie (Gould) Rogers.

Dorothy was an amazing person; mother, grandmother, wife and friend. Dorothy loved decades of travelling to visit family and friends, camping and fishing, swimming in the summers and skiing in the winters. She loved all of nature; birds and flowers, plants and animals, lakes and mountains. More than anything, Dorothy loved her family and friends and to laugh and have fun. She lived life to the fullest and looked at the world through rose coloured glasses.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to a Charity of Your Choice would be appreciated. Thanks to the staff at Moog and Friends Hospice House, with special thanks to Carrie and Rhonda from the Home Care Program and Tina Walter-Hughes for all her support.

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Krueger, Helen

Saturday, 21 Nov 2015
Krueger, Helen

Helen Krueger passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 94 years of age.

She grew up on a farm in Orion, in Southern Alberta, in her 20’s, during WWII and with only one female colleague she travelled to the unknown Ivory Coast because she heard Jesus calling her to serve the people there. At great personal cost and extraordinary risk she dedicated everything to vulnerable people. For 52 years she served faithfully: foregoing a family of her own, pulling infected teeth from villagers mouths, teaching Sunday school, putting young men through college though living hand to mouth herself, killing snakes, delivering babies and much more, all for the glory of God. She believe all lives were equally valuable and gave everything to love unreservedly.

“As you did it to of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” had no out-clause for her and we’ll always be humble by her example.

She was loved dearly by her seven siblings and their spouses, nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

We will miss her and always remember her with great love and admiration.

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Ferguson “Ferg”, Douglas James

Saturday, 21 Nov 2015
Ferguson “Ferg”, Douglas James

September 18, 1952 - November 21, 2015

With broken hearts we announce that Doug passed away peacefully at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home on November 21, 2015 from Leukemia.

Doug was born on September 18, 1952 in Murreyville, BC moving to Rayleigh and then into Kamloops as a young boy.

Doug is survived by his wife Bev Kuzmiuk, stepson Jordan, parents Bill and Charmian Ferguson, siblings Brian, Kathy, Glenn, Jeff ( Janet Blair), nieces Sarah, Emily, Jennifer, Lindsay, Thea and nephews Will and Chase, brother-in-law Doug Wood (Shelley) and their children Nic and Emmarie .

Doug was predeceased by his son Jim and nephews Chris and Brandon.

Doug worked for SD #73 as a bus driver, janitor, and on grounds as an equipment operator, retiring in 2012 after 37 years. Doug loved the outdoors and some of his happiest days were spent at our place at Paul Lake .

We will miss the mischievous boy, his smile, kind heart and his gift for story telling.
A Character to the End

Words cannot express our thanks to Dr. Sigalet, Dr. Song. Dr. Bennett, Dr. Goy, nurses 15th tower and 6th floor VGH, Kamloops Cancer Clinic nurses, Elvira (Amy) RIH lab, nurses ACU, Community Home Care nurses and the staff and volunteers at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home who made our journey much easier to take. Many thanks to our friends and co-workers for all your support and help.

An informal Celebration of Life will be held on November 28, 2015 at Jeff and Janet’s home, 3280 Long Lake Road, Knutsford from 2:00 - 5:00 pm .

Donations in Doug’s memory may be made to the Kamloops Hospice Association, 72 Whiteshield Crescent, Kamloops, B.C. V2E 2S9

He will live on in our hearts and in the stories we share

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Johnston (nee Charbonneau), Therese (Terri)

Saturday, 21 Nov 2015
Johnston (nee Charbonneau), Therese (Terri)

It gives us enormous heartache to announce the sudden passing of Terri, Mom, Gramma, Aunt on Saturday, November 21, 2015 in Kamloops, BC at the age of 83.

She will be painfully missed by her loving husband and soul mate Bob, son Damian, daughters Cindy, Danielle (Gregg), Kim and grandchildren Dustin, Brandee, Dallas, Tyler, Jacob, Lewis (Amy), Kazden, Kianna and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She also leaves to cherish her memory, her last two siblings, brother Henry (Grace) of Merritt, BC, and sister Bea of North Battleford, SK.

Mom was born in North Battleford, SK, on April 1, 1932 and was the youngest of 15. She met Dad in Calgary, AB, and they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary next month on December 27th. In 1965 mom and dad decided not to raise their little family in the big metropolis of Calgary and headed west to a little town mom loved, Kamloops.

Mom loved to play cards, scrabble, sew, knit, crochet, cook and best of all entertain. She was an extremely strong woman who grew up with next to nothing and always generously shared what she had. She was happiest when surrounded by family and friends, everyone with food and drink in hand sharing in the latest jokes, and repeating some of the oldies. Mom’s unconditional love, crazy sense of humour and impeccable style will be forever imprinted on our hearts. We love you! We miss you!

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Father Andrew at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, 3rd and Nicola Street, Kamloops, on Saturday, November 28th at 11:00 AM.

A big thank you to Dr. Brownlee, Nurse Mia and all the other nurses in ICU and 7 North. We appreciate everything you did to help mom and to help us through this difficult process.

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Sofko, G. Michael

Friday, 20 Nov 2015
Sofko, G. Michael

July 9, 1935 - November 20, 2015

Michael passed away following a valiant battle with cancer.

He was born in Fernie, BC and with his family they moved to Vancouver in 1953. He worked with his father on the construction of the Granville St. bridge, and made umbrellas at Vancouver Umbrella Factory before attending Vancouver Vocational School to complete his journeyman machinist certificate in 1959.

In 1966 he received his B.Ed (Secondary) from UBC. His greatest joy was seeing the success of his students as they progressed through their lives and careers.

As a resident of Rivershore Estates and Golf Links, Michael took on the job of Volunteer Fire Chief for twelve years.

Music was a huge passion of Michael’s. He learned the violin at age 9 and then went on to play the clarinet. He was a member of the Kamloops Rube Band for 48 years. The last 15 winters have been spent playing with various music groups in Mesa, Arizona.

Michael is survived by his wife of 58 years Carole, son Leslie of Whitehorse, son Gary (Kim) of Maple Ridge, grandson Michael of Vancouver, granddaughter Krystal (Clayton Baker) and great-granddaughter Alexandra Maria of Whitehorse, sister Pauline (Bill McNeney) of Squamish and many cousins and friends who will miss him.

Special thanks to the Paramedics, Emergency and ICU staff of Royal Inland Hospital for their tender loving care. The support of friends and neighbours has been much appreciated.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

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Thursday, 19 Nov 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother and Auntie, Elizabeth Ann Bennett (Betty) on November 19, 2015.

She will be greatly missed by her children Tyler (Sherri) Sobkowich, Kelly (Rene) Pellerin, grandchildren Cassy Richardson, Bailey (Dane) Richardson, Curtis Richardson and great-grandchild Case Hulbert.

Also left to cherish her memory are brothers Frank (Barbara) McRae, Jim (Carol) McRae and sister Fran McRae, as well as nieces Barbi (Terry) Yakubowich, Dori (Eron) McRae, Misty Rode, Carrie (Brent) Hamilton and nephews Frank McRae, Rusty (Jenny) McRae and all of their children. Mom loved them all, and the times she had spent with them. Mom will now be reunited with Brian, her loving husband, in Heaven.

The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Ponderosa Lodge, as well as at Overlander Extended Care Hospital for being with Mom until she passed in the early morning of November 19th, 2015.

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Allan, Reggie Donald

Thursday, 19 Nov 2015

Mr. Reggie Donald Allan of Shirley, BC passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the age of 75 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Monika, children Don, Patricia (Mike) and Ron (Rhonda) as well as many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015
1:00 pm at Sands Funeral Chapel in Victoria, BC (1803 Quadra Street).

Thank you to the staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for their compassionate care.

Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to the BC Cancer Agency.

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WRAY (nee Malcolm), SUSAN

Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015
WRAY (nee Malcolm), SUSAN

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Susan Wray of Kamloops, BC, on November 18th, 2015 at 78 years of age. Susan is survived by her loving husband, Bill, children Corinne (Arnold) Tacey, of Fort St. John, and Rod (Debbie) Wray, of Haiti, as well as grandchildren Carly (Eylar), Christie (Dan), Tim, Kara, Katie, and great-grandchildren Wyatt, Sawyer, and Ellyanna. Also left to cherish her memory are sisters Carol (Mike) Mulvahill, and Linda (Zorro) Szabados, and brothers Ron (Patti) Malcolm, David (Yolanda) Malcolm, and John (Marie) Malcolm, as well as nieces, nephews and her Uncle Ed Turner. Susan was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Mary Malcolm, and her sister Elizabeth.

Susan was born in Vancouver, BC, on April 9th, 1937. When she was a child, her family moved to Pender Harbour, where they established a farm at Churchill Bay on the Francis Peninsula.
Susan and Bill were married on December 15th, 1956. Susan and Bill moved to Terrace, then to Kamloops, then years later, they returned to Terrace and bought the exact house they had lived in previously. Eventually, they retired and returned to Kamloops.

Susan was a devoted wife, mother, sister and friend. She loved her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren, and always had gifts and cards ready for everyone’s birthdays.

She loved gardening, canning and preserving, baking, and sewing. She was an avid reader of regional history and local newspapers. Susan was active in her church and attended services faithfully. She loved animals and drives in the country, providing there was no snow on the roads!

We will miss her dearly and she will be lovingly remembered

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 26th, 2015, at First Baptist Church, 454 Columbia St., Kamloops.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Calder, Dr. Ritenburg, the team at Interior Health, Darcy Moyer, and the doctors and nurses at emergency, as well as everyone at the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice House for all of their care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ALS Society of BC.

Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324

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Moran, Helen D.

Monday, 16 Nov 2015

November 15, 1931 - November 16, 2015

Helen passed away with her family by her side on Monday, November 16th, 2015. Helen lived a full life with laugher, love and humour. Anyone who met her did not escape her quick wit.

The family would like to thank the many friends and care staff who where with Helen over the years.

As per request, a service will not be held.

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Kuz, Ellen Patricia

Monday, 16 Nov 2015
Kuz, Ellen Patricia

Our mother, Ellen Patricia Kuz, left us on November 16th, 2015 at 94 years of age.

Patsy was born in the Salmon Arm Hospital to Harold and Nellie Prigmore on July 22, 1921, the first of five children.

Pat was raised and went to school in Celista. After grade 8 she worked as a housekeeper until she married Bob Sample in 1942. They raised their family of four in Celista until they moved to Kamloops in 1974. They both worked at Tranquille for several years before enjoying retirement until Bob’s passing in 1983. Pat enjoyed an active life of gardening, cooking, sewing, taking in boarders and many foster children. She was also a member of the The Women’s Institute, P.T.A. and North Shuswap Community Association. Pat was the May Day Queen that opened the North Shuswap Community Hall in 1934.

Pat was married to Nick Kuz from 1987 until his passing in 2008. Together they enjoyed travelling, dancing, fishing and playing cards.

Pat is survived by Maureen (Arthur) Gagne, Harold (Becky) Sample, Beth (David) Keillor, Terry Sample, eleven grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren - all stars in her life, her sister Nellie Armanini, and her nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Pat’s life will be held in the spring.

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