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Margaret Kennedy | October 25, 1921 - October 09, 2019

Margaret (Betty) Kennedy With sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of Betty on October 9 at the age of 97. Betty was a wonderful woman that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur. They spent many hardworking years on the family dairy farm in Tappen. They are survived by 4 children – Paul (Vicki), Colleen (Bruce), John (Lisa), and Bill (Jill), 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Betty always had a positive outlook and feisty sense of humour despite being blind for 30 years. She thoroughly enjoyed the staff and residents of Shuswap Lodge for their reportage and companionship. A celebration of life will be held at the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Salmon Arm on Saturday, October 19 at 1:30 pm.
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Marlene Byers | March 14, 1943 - October 13, 2019

Marlene Agnes Byers passed away at her home in Salmon Arm on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at the age of 76 years, following a brief battle with Cancer. The Funeral Service will be held from the Salvation Army, 191 2nd avenue N.E. Salmon Arm on Friday afternoon, October 25th at 1 p.m. with her son, David Byers, officiating. A reception will follow. Marlene was born in Salmon Arm on March 14, 1943, daughter of the Pioneer Jacobi family. She loved the Shuswap, is well remembered for being a dedicated Domestic Goddess and creating an incredible garden each year on the Byers homestead. Predeceased by her parents, Hans and Agnes Jacobi, and infant sister Betty. Marlene leaves her loving husband for 58 years, Ted Byers; two sons, David (Angie) and Greg (Donna); 4 grandchildren, Ashley, Jessica, Nathan and Brandon; 3 great grandchildren, Sebastian, Paisley and Oliver. Memorial donations may be sent to the Charity of one’s choice in memory of Marlene
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Elton Brown | November 22, 1950 - October 15, 2019

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Dale Steiner | February 06, 1950 - October 16, 2019

Dale Edward Steiner, of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends, on October 16, 2019, at age 69 years, 8 months, and 10 days. He was born on February 6, 1950 to Carl & Dorothy (Eberly) Steiner in Orrville, Ohio. At 13 years old, Dale moved with his parents to Barwick, Ontario to start the church there. At age 15, Dale committed his life to God and was baptized upon the confession of his faith and became a member of the Pineview Mennonite Church. As a youth, he did welding, farming, logging, and mechanic work. At age 19, Dale attended Messiah Bible School in Ohio, and met Miriam Baer. On October 28, 1970, Dale and Miriam were joined in Holy Matrimony at McBride, BC. They started their married life near Zurich, ON and attended Lakeview Mennonite Church. Dale drove truck for Martin Transport and worked for Alvin Baker in logging. In 1972, Dale and Miriam, with their firstborn son Edwin, moved to McBride, BC. Dale drove logging truck for many years, eventually buying his own truck. In 1982, Dale bought his own logging equipment and logged for Zeidler Forest Industries. In 2002 he had an auction and sold all his logging equipment. He enjoyed taking trips with his family. He took them to Dominican Republic and Philippines, across Canada and to many states. He enjoyed meeting new people and seeing new places. In 2004, Dale and Miriam moved to Salmon Arm, BC to help start the church there. He started raising beef cattle and farmed until he passed away. Dale was a member of the Salmon Arm Mennonite Church at the time of his death. Beginning in June 2017, Dale’s health began to decline. After not being able to find help locally, he went to Tijuana, Mexico and was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. After four months in Mexico, he had six more months of treatments at home. In August 2018, he and his family praised God for a “cancer-free” diagnosis. The cancer returned in January 2019, and his health deteriorated until his death. Dale is loved and missed by Miriam, his wife of almost 49 years, and 8 children: Edwin (Keren) of Rosebush, MI; Charles (Esther Mae) of Port Clemence, BC; Jessica (Joey) Alspaugh of Chewelah, WA; Roxanne (Rod) Wagler of Polonia, MB; Teresa of Salmon Arm, BC; Delphine (Wes) Reimer of Salmon Arm, BC; Scott (Melinda) of Monte Creek, BC; and Veronica of Salmon Arm, BC; 35 living grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Dale was dad and grandpa to many foster children over the years as well. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Jeffery, and sister Nancy. Calling hours are planned for Monday, October 21,2019 from 1:30-4:00 PM and from 6:00-8:00 PM, at the Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church at 24 Gardom Lake Road, Enderby, B.C. The funeral is planned for Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm, at the same location, with interment at Cliffside Cemetery in Enderby, BC.
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Anne Lawless | June 19, 1927 - October 19, 2019

We regret to announce the passing of our dear mother Anne Lawless on October 19th. Our sorrow however is tempered by these words she wrote a few years ago “Shed no tears for me my friend Oh shed no tears for me. For I am with my saviour now A wonderous place to be.” Anne was born in Manchester, England on June 19th,1927 the youngest of six children all of whom have predeceased her. Anne spent her formative years in Manchester with the exception of a short time when she was evacuated with her dear sister Joan during WW2. It was in Manchester that she met the love of her life Geoffrey. Forbidden to marry until she was 18 she waited four days past her birthday. So began a marriage which lasted 69 years until Geoff ‘s passing in 2013. In late 1949 Anne and Geoff together with their young son Peter, left England for Canada settling in Burnaby B.C. where she later gave birth to two daughters Catherine and Valerie. In 1985 she and dad moved to Evergreen Village in Abbotsford. This new address gave them a base for travelling to Arizona in winter and for camping and fishing in summer Mom had a lifetime interest in the creative arts both painting and writing poetry. Indeed in her 90th year she started a new art group in Evergreen Village. She is survived by her three children Peter (Sharon), Catherine Reitsema (Lieuwe), and Valerie Beardwood (Stephen), 12 grandchildren, 28 great children and many, many friends. There will be no formal service at this time. Mom’s ashes will be scattered with Dad’s at a favourite lake by the family at a later date.
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Kathleen Froment | February 07, 1943 - October 22, 2019

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Valerie Rogers | August 16, 1959 - October 24, 2019

It is with sadness and gratitude for her life that the family announce the passing of Valerie Anne Rogers after a brave battle with ovarian cancer. Val was born in Vancouver, BC and along with her younger sister Cheryl they were raised in Maple Ridge B.C. After the death of their father, Gordon Vogt and upon her mother’s second marriage to George Dunn, the family relocated into the Shuswap. Val loved the simplicity and beauty of Sicamous, and returned back to raise her own children there while working at various jobs in town (Super 8 Motel, Tim Hortons, Askews and Three Valley Gap) Music was a joy in Val’s life .She was a gifted singer with a keen ear that was attentive to others, the sign of a good listener. Valarie was dedicated to her family, putting their priorities first before her own. Jordan and Vanessa grew up in her love and she knew they loved her in return. Through tough health challenges, Val exemplified graciousness, generosity, an orderly gentle courage. Many thanks for the comfort and care given to Val by her doctors, nurses and caregivers at Bastion Place. Valerie was pre-deceased by her Father, Gordon William Vogt, January 16, 1970, her Step-Father, George Edwin Dunn, April 14, 2002 and her Mother Beverlee Joan Stevens, September 16, 2014. She is survived by her beloved children, son Jordan of Sicamous, BC, her daughter Vanessa (Daniel) of Vernon, BC, their Father Michael Rogers of Vernon, BC and Sister Cheryl (Gerry) Scrimbit of Lake Country, BC.
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May Facklam | December 23, 1921 - October 27, 2019

Liz Facklam laid her head down for her final rest on Sunday Oct 27th in Salmon Arm, her spirit is now free to roam. Mom passed peacefully and quickly in her bed. Born May Elizabeth Baker to Albert and Ivy Baker in Medicine Hat Alberta Dec 1921. Mom lived a long and loving life surrounded by family and by friends that she drew in through her genuine love of who she was with and where she was at the time. Mom was a beautiful human being, I have no doubt that she is a beautiful spirit, she is someone that more people could and should aspire to be like. She did not care about wealth or possessions, she cared about people. Mom was married to William (Bill) Henry Kirkwood in 1947 and gave birth to 3 sons. After Bill died in 1987 in Oliver BC, mom met and married Freide Facklam, who also predeceased her in 2008. Mom and her husbands roamed between many small BC towns, but ended up back where her heart was, Salmon Arm. She dispensed much advice through her lifetime, with common sense approach that we are missing in todays world. She would offer abundant praise or be ready to offer the proverbial kick to the pants, though not literally, if she felt it necessary. She always moved and worked with purpose, with passion and with dedication and would knock off any given task with the energy of someone ½ her age. She was a dynamo at what ever job she took on, whether paid or voluntary. Mom played in important role in the Seniors Centre in Salmon Arm. Her and Freide were also very active in the local chapter of Eckankar, leaving behind many friends there. Mom always preferred walking or riding the bus (which she stubbornly crossed Canada on a Greyhound a few times), drove with friends, disliked but grudgingly flew if coerced and owned a driver’s license but very, very briefly. All it took was driving into the ditch with the boys in the car at Uncle Jim’s place to discourage her from ever continuing that silly habit. In her final years Dementia/Alzheimer’s slowly took her mind and her words, but never took her loving and happy personality. Mom leaves behind her younger brother Jim, in Chillwack BC and his immediate family. She also leaves behind her three sons. Rick/Joan of Kamloops, plus 3 Grand children with numerous Great Grand children. Mike/Nancy of Ottawa, plus 3 Grand children with numerous Great Grand children. Bruce/Margo of Calgary, plus 2 Grand Children and one Great Grandson. A private family memorial is being planned for the Spring of 2020. Finally, a huge shout out to all the nurses and staff at the Good Samaritan Hillside Village. Everyone always went above and beyond for all their patients and families. I love the respect they gave every person in their care and I love the patience they displayed with everyone who came through their door. These women and men all deserve recognition for their professionalism and their outstanding service they provided mom and everyone who is with them now and who has been with them in the past. I have no doubt they will continue that level of care and dedication to all future guests who pass through their doors. Bruce Kirkwood (quite possibly her favorite son, an inside joke with Rick). Rest in peace mom, we love you.
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Bernard Bedford | May 24, 1936 - October 08, 2019

Bernie was born in Salmon Arm, BC to Max and Eva Bedford in 1936. He enjoyed life as a small child in the wilds of Gleneden( little Finland). Bernie moved around with his family to many places as his dad taught school. The family finally settled in Saskatoon and that's where he met his first wife Sylvia and they had 4 children Sandy, Charles, Kim and Dawn. Bernie soon moved back to Salmon Arm with his young family. He has a long work history with BC hydro. Bernie met his next love Elizabeth and her 2 children Philip and Laura in Salmon Arm and were soon married. The couple resided in Revelstoke for many years before moving back to the Shuswap lake. Many happy years followed with numerous grandchildren and great grand children. Dad enjoyed watching tv especially sports and enjoying his lake view. Dad will be missed dearly by his extended family.
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Adrian Deyle | May 05, 1970 - October 24, 2019

Adrian Anthony Deyle was born in Woodstock, Ontario on May 5th, 1970 to his parents Adrian Deyle Jr and Sylvia La Forg. He is survived by his wife Judy, his mother Sylvia, Sister Sheila, nephews Adrian (Cheryl), Ryan (Leanna), nieces Lily and Rosie. Many cousins that he called brothers from another mother. Adrian was a big help to many people in his neighborhood. He was a jack of all trades and never minded pitching in. He was always there for his family and many friends. Adrian spent a lot of time with his sister and his nephews whom he loved unconditionally. He also played a huge part in his mom’s ongoing reno’s. He loved going to the woods to get firewood for family and friends. One of his favourite spots was along a river with a fishing pole in his hand. Not too often did he get skunked. Adrian loved the outdoors and enjoyed cycling when he was in Calgary. He also enjoyed camping and having a beer or two with family and friends. His nephews were a big part of his life. They will cherish his memories for ever. He made them laugh and enjoyed spending time with them. We all agree he was taken from us way too soon. Adrian will be sorely missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. May he rest in peace.
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