Born in England, November 6, 1914, passed away peacefully in Bastion Place, Salmon Arm, BC, November 12, 2007.
Gwen was predeceased by husband, George (June 20, 1995) also one brother and five sisters.
She leaves to lovingly remember her – daughter Pat (Turner), son Gary (Durrant), grandchildren, Christian, Caren, Shelley and Jason, together with many nieces and nephews in both England and Canada.
After finishing school, Gwen went into “Service” doing housework on large estates across England. She was very proud of this period in her life and loved to tell stories about the days of butlers, footman, upstairs and downstairs maids, cooks, scullery maids and stable hands.
Gwen married George Thomas Durrant on June 25, 1938 and they set up home in a 500 year old cottage (proudly with indoor plumbing) on Stone Street, Sevenoaks, Kent
Gwen continued her love of housework and went to work in some of the large houses around the Sevenoaks area. Until this date she has lovingly kept contact with some of her employers and friends from these days.
In June, 1992, Gwen ad her husband George packed up their home of 54 years on Stone Street and immigrated to Canada to live with her daughter Pat in Blind Bay, BC. With them the brought “Pickles”, their precocious Jack Russell Terrier.
They were quick to make friends with neighbours in Blind Bay. In the earlier days, Gwen especially enjoyed walking her little dog with a friend around the Estate. She delighted in visits from her friends as her health failed and she was no longer able to get about.
The family would like to give special thanks to these friends and neighbours for their support and kindness through the years. Our gratitude also to the First Floor Staff of Shuswap Lake General Hospital and the Chase Ambulance Staff.
Special thanks to Dr. John Wood and his remarkable staff and also to Dr. M. Lourens for being there when we most needed you. Thanks also to Community Care Staff for being here every Thursday. Gwen came to appreciate your company so much.
Very sincere thanks and appreciation to First Floor Staff at Bastion Place. Your patience, consideration and humour will help for months to come. You are fantastic!
There will be no formal service at this time.
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Cremation arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Box 388, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N5.