It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Leona Ruth Kofoed on September 9th, 2017, one year after being diagnosed with cancer.
Leona will always be remembered and cherished by her husband, Jack, her daughters Jacqueline and John (Nybo), Jillian and Andi (Buechi), Leah and Troy (Jones) and her son Jeremy and Sherri. She has 12 beautiful grandchildren who love and adore her: Zara, Bella and Thor Nybo, Jasper, Jada and Aspen Buechi, Oliver, Lily and Ruby Jones, and Kylee, Mathias and Caleb Kofoed. She also leaves to remember and cherish her memory her sister Mary-Lou, sister Marti, brother David and many other family members on both sides. She was pre-deceased by her parents, and her older brothers Leslie and Ken.
Leona was born September 18, 1945 in Didsbury, Alberta to Ruth and Leo Nichols. She chose a nursing career as a young adult, taking her training at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. She worked as a nurse for many years, bringing love and comfort to everyone she came in contact with. She married her beloved husband, Jack on June 28, 1968. They moved to Australia after they got married, but moved to Kelowna a few months later when Jack was offered a business opportunity he couldn’t refuse. They made a beautiful life in Kelowna for themselves and their 4 children.
Leona’s generosity, kindness and acceptance has made this world a better place. She was passionate about traveling and her adventurous spirit took her and Jack all around the world, making friends in every country they visited. Her network of dear friends stretches far and wide. Her door has always been open to friends and family from near and far. She was always ready with a welcoming hug and an open heart. Her acceptance and unconditional love has touched so many lives. She kept God first in her life, and her deep faith brought great comfort and joy to her, and to those who loved her.
She cherished her large family, and some of her happiest moments were spent surrounded by them, at home, swimming in the pool, travelling with them, and visiting them in other countries.
Leona…. wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt, friend…. we love you to the moon and back. Our world won’t be same without you.
Despite the challenges of the past year, Leona truly enjoyed the best care by loving, caring nurses and staff at cancer clinic, hospital and home. Thank you to all involved.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:30 am at Evangel Church, 3261 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC
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