Olga’s cheerful and encouraging ways will now be memories for so many of those who loved her and witnessed her finishing life so well. On the 10th of May she left her weakened body and was welcomed into the presence of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Her surviving children Bob (Carol), Eileen (Stephen) and Milo (Roberta) were with her on Mothers Day and treasured this most recent opportunity to express their gratitude for the years of her exemplary life.
Olga was predeceased by her husband Carl, children Carol, Kathleen and Bruce as well as four siblings Helen, Laura, Joe and Martha. She was tireless in keeping up contact with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as her four remaining siblings (Edna, Norma, Elmer and Melvin) and all their families plus many nieces and nephews on the Benn side.
Grandchildren (with their children) include: Darryl (Michelle) Benn with Aaron, Ryan and Christopher; Sandi (Michael) Ulmer with Joshua, Daniel, Andrew, Samuel and Bethany; Greg (Rhonda) Hill with Alison, Aaron and Brennan; Kathleen (Pat) McCormack with Logan, Adam and Tyler; Brian (Krista) Hill with Andrew, Rachel and Austin; Chris Benn with Jessica and Curtis; Tony (Karen) Benn with Katelyn, Daniel, Zach and Nate; Kim (Gilbert) Bessette with Tina & Malachi; Dwayne Olafson with DJ and Christopher.
Olga and Carl grew up in southern Saskatchewan, moving with their parents during dust bowl years to homestead further north in Meadow Lake. They married during World War II, and when Carl returned from Europe, moved into the itinerant life of oil drilling around Alberta. In 1970, they moved to Sicamous, BC where they established many wonderful friendships which Olga enjoyed to the end of her days. Strong in her faith, she never failed to have a word of encouragement, a gem of wisdom, and most of all a readiness to love, laugh and extend cheer.
A celebration of life service was held at Sicamous Bible Church on Saturday, May 15th at 1:00 pm. Prior to the service, the family interred Olga’s ashes beside Carl in Sicamous-Solsqua Cemetery. After the service all were invited to join the family for refreshments provided by the congregation of Sicamous Bible Church of which Olga was a founding member.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to Northern Canada Evangelical Mission, Box 3030, Prince Albert, SK S6V 7V4 or to Samaritan’s Purse, 20 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary, Alberta T3J 5H5