Elizabeth Rowena Morell (nee McNair)

Peacefully in Salmon Arm B.C. October 31, 2011 in her 96th year. Rowena leaves her niece Jane (Keith Tuomi), grand nieces Isabelle and Elizabeth of Toronto, nephews Ian McNair of Vancouver and Richard McNair (Alison) of Halifax. Rowena was born in Burnaby B.C. in 1915 daughter of the late Ruth Petter and William McNair and is predeceased by her husband Arthur Morrell and long time companion Charlie Watson. Rowena grew up in a country existence near Burnaby Lake.  During secondary school she was accepted into the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University).  At the age of 19 she married Arthur Morrell and they began their life together spending time in Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.  After the war they returned to Burnaby and lived happily until Arthur’s death. Rowena was immensely talented – she painted watercolours and wrote poetry and short stories. She was timeless and inquisitive about the world and loved to read and work in her garden. For many years she enjoyed teaching art to seniors at Century House in New Westminister; always encouraging people to develop their artistic eye. She also volunteered with the Burnaby Art Society and was a Life Member of the Arts Council of New Westminster, where she curated and installed shows for many years at the Arts Council Gallery in Queen’s Park and where she met her friend Charlie. Together, they moved to Salmon Arm. The family would like to thank the staff of Piccadilly Care Centre and Shuswap Lodge for their excellent care of Rowena. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.  Cremation has taken place and a visitation will be held at Piccadilly Care Centre in Salmon Arm B.C. Saturday November 12 from 1-3 p.m.


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