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May 6, 1948 - August 15, 2023
In loving memory ~
With sad but thankful hearts, we announce the passing of Betty Brown, who went to heaven on August 15, 2023, at the age of 75. Elizabeth Anne Hopp, affectionally known as "Betty," was born on May 6, 1948, in Kelowna General Hospital. Her parents, Adolf and Meta Hopp, together with her three brothers, Albert, Walter, and Eric, lived on a 10-acre orchard family farm on Gibson Road in Rutland, B.C.
Betty attended Rutland Elementary School and Rutland Secondary School - Class of 1966. Betty went to a Secretarial School in Kelowna and later applied her skills and administrative talents at Imperial Oil in Edmonton and White Western Star, Okanagan Stationers, and the Credit Bureau in Kelowna.
Betty met her future husband in a divine encounter at her brother Walter's mechanic shop. Donald was very shy, but Betty took a chance and asked him out. It worked out for them and on June 17, 1972, she married the love of her life, Donald Alfred Brown.
Their love story led them through various chapters, from Williams Lake to Westbank and eventually to a 47-acre farm in Beaverdell. Betty devoted her time to raising her family and was an active member of the community. She was a Brownies and Girl Guide leader and a Sunday School teacher. She was always willing to help and was a shining example to so many people. Betty and Donald moved from Beaverdell to Kelowna in 2000 and completed their dream cabin at Deka Lake in the summer of 2022.
Betty was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1973 and was told she would be in a wheelchair by the time her son graduated in 1993. She continued to walk up until the end because of her resilience and faith in God. Her health deteriorated over the last few years, but she kept in touch with family and friends by email, phone calls, and greeting cards. Betty's greatest joy was to connect with those she loved.
Betty leaves behind her husband of 51 years, her daughter Denise Barry (Gavin Barry), her son Darren Brown (Mikiko Brown), her three brothers, Albert Hopp (Judy), Walter Hopp (Connie), and Eric Hopp (Brenda), as well as numerous family and friends. In particular, Betty Griffin and Irene Moonen - her two childhood best friends.
A celebration of Betty Brown's life will be held at Kelowna Christian Centre, 905 Badke Rd, Kelowna, B.C., on Saturday, September 30, 2023, service at 1:00 pm with a reception in the lobby of Kelowna Christian Centre to follow.
Condolences may be expressed
to the family at
Arrangements entrusted to
 Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services

Service Details

Celebration of Life
Saturday, September 30, 2023
1:00 PM
Kelowna Christian Centre, 905 Badke Rd, Kelowna, B.C.

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