Edna Irene Allenbrand was born to Leroy and Amy Allenbrand on July 24, 1933, the 10th of 13 children. The family farmed near Handel, SK. Edna and Vernon met at the Church of God in Saskatoon, SK. They were both baptized in the South SK River as teenagers.
They were married on July 5, 1954, and to this union were born Brenda, Richard, and Valerie. Edna loved the outdoors, photography, early mornings in her garden, and family get-togethers – all gifts of her heavenly Father. She was a ‘great sport’ – joining in family adventures such as wilderness backpacking, vacations, and cruises. She overcame immense challenges and even conquered her life-long fear of water by riding on a personal watercraft on the Shuswap Lake and tubing down the Enderby River.
She and her little dog Tara were inseparable.
In her latter years, progressive memory loss and then cancer took over her body, yet her indomitable spirit and humour remained, even blossomed, to the end. Edna passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 27, 2013. She was predeceased by son Richard, as well as her parents and several siblings. She is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband Vernon, daughters Brenda (Jack) Wagner of Richmond, B.C., and Valerie (Brian) Krushel of Camrose, AB, 5 granddaughters, Brittani, Mikaela, Brianna, Jilisa, and Terrace; one great grandson, Jack; sister Lorraine and brothers, Floyd and Howard.
The funeral service was held from The Shuswap Community Church in Salmon Arm, BC on Saturday afternoon, February 2, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. with Jack Wagner and Brian Krushel officiating. Musician was Diane Carlson.
Interment was in Mt. Ida Cemetery, Salmon Arm.
Memorial donations are gratefully accepted by the BC Cancer Foundation (www.bccancerfoundation.com), or the charity of one’s choice.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind. (Luke 10:27)
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Funeral arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.