Winona M. BENNETT
BENNETT, Winona M.: May 22, 1935 - Dec 30, 2016. While visiting family in Kamloops for Christmas, "Nona" succumbed to a sudden and aggressive cancer, passing away with her three children at her side. She was so grateful to be able to share her last few days with many, many loved ones who travelled to be with her and to exchange heartfelt thoughts with many others by phone. Thinking of others always, she calmly reassured with, "Please don't be sad, there is a time for everyone and this is my time." Nona was predeceased by her parents, Richard and Jean Summers, her sister, Diana Jesperson, two sons, Jimmie and Mickie, and nephew, Dougie. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Pam (Rod) Carr, sons, Don Bennett (Sally Arai) and Dave (Karen) Bennett, sisters, Joan (Dick) Cresswell and Linda (Morris) Brown, six grandchildren, Melissa (Doug), Gordon (Sabrina), Yvonne (Tom), Michael (Lina), Trenton (Victoria) and Caylen, seven great grandchildren, Alexa, Brynna, Carter, Lincoln, Nicolle, Sophia and Blake, and many other relatives and dear friends. Born in Vancouver, Nona called numerous BC communities home throughout her life, including Vancouver, Nelson, Surrey, Kelowna, Coquitlam, 100 Mile House, Summerland, Sydney, Penticton and even Allenby. She was meticulously organized, efficient, thorough and creative on the homefront and in the workplace. Nona took great pride in her work for a variety of employers, and particularly loved her more than 20 years as Administrative Assistant with the Ministry of Agriculture in the Okanagan, where she made many cherished friends. There was little Nona couldn't do when she put her mind to it. She was an articulate writer, inheriting her father's flair as a wordsmith, and she always had a crossword puzzle on the go. She loved to challenge herself, taking several academic courses after retirement, even completing high school in her 60s. As loving and generous a person as one will ever know, Nona was also incredibly courageous. Along with wonderful times, life dealt many hardships and traumatic events for her. Her primary focus was always what was best for her family, and especially her five children. Driven by wisdom, strength and a fierce love for those most dear, she was able to overcome nearly every challenge she encountered. The ultimate maternal figure, Nona was always ready and willing to abandon her own needs for those of others. She fought bravely through illnesses that wore down her body, determined to maintain her independence regardless of her age or physical limitations. Her faith in God was her guiding strength. Nona's home was a beautiful and welcoming place, with charm and dignity emanating from every room. She was known to lavish guests with far too much food and then follow that with a game or two of scrabble. Her love for the game was so great that she mastered it online where she would have a dozen or more games going at a time with numerous friends and relatives. Ever encouraging, Nona had a way of making you feel as though you were the most important person in the world. She was a model of love and an inspiration to us all. We love and miss her, and in spite of her words to us to do otherwise, we are greatly saddened by her passing, but we are strengthened in knowing that she is at peace and cherished memories of her will always be with us. A memorial service and reception will be held for Nona at St. David's Anglican Church in Tsawwassen, BC on Saturday January 21 at 1:00 pm. There will also be a graveside service at Canyon View Cemetery in Summerland BC when the snow is gone and the flowers begin to bloom in May...as would be Nona's way. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Nona's memory to the BC Cancer Foundation.
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