Norma Lilian Owens

Norma Lilian Owens

It is with heavy hearts and lots of love we announce the passing of Norma Lilian Owens into the arms of Jesus at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on 22 February, 2016 at the age of 80.

She is pre-deceased by her father, Walter George Robertson, mother, Lilian Hilda Wright and brother, Walter Robertson.

She is survived by her loving husband Ralph, children Colin (Gail), Gary (Charlene) and Gillian (Corey), six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Norma was born in Bootle near Liverpool in England. She met and married Ralph on 19 March, 1955. They sailed from Liverpool to Canada and crossed by train straight to Salmon Arm in July 1966.

She quickly found a job as a special education assistant, working with children in Salmon Arm Elementary, Salmon Arm West and Carlin Schools. She was also very involved with Shuswap Theatre in all areas of production and was presented with a lifetime membership. She was a member of Shuswap Singers as narrator for many concerts. In 1979 she produced and directed Sound of Music in the United Church. She also narrated for some of the Christmas Cantatas at the Baptist Church.

Many thanks go out to the staff at Bastion Place and the hospital for the compassionate care in her final days. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation.

A celebration of life will be held at Shuswap Community Church on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1 p.m. A reception will follow the service in the Church hall allowing friends and family to continue sharing memories.

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