It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ellen Conway (nee McKay) on November 8, 2013 at the age of 69. She is survived by her loving husband Gerald, her daughters Wendy Serko (Larry), Shelley Yost (Warren), as well as her grandchildren Tasia and Landon Serko; Scott and Chase Yost. Also by her siblings George (Michelle), Frances (Jim), Stella (Gordon), Roy (Jane), Irene (Frank) and many nieces and nephews. Born in Vancouver on January 27th 1944, Ellen spent most of her younger years in North Vancouver where she met the love of her life, Ger. They married in 1961 and a few years later started a family.  Ellen and Ger moved to Kelowna with their daughters, Wendy and Shelley, in 1969. Ellen devoted herself to the care of her family and home and pursued many interests such as knitting, sewing, reading, gardening, and baking just to name a few.  Ellen was the kind of woman who left a positive impression on all those who met her.

She was a good friend, loyal sister, excellent cook, avid

volunteer, dedicated Mother, and a loving and caring spouse. Ellen courageously lived with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for the last 6 1/2 years, facing every challenge along the way with strength and grace.  She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. The family wishes to thank the ALS Society of BC for all the equipment supplied and moral support; The Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP); Dr. Auret Van Heerden and Dr. Graham McCauley; Deanna Hammer, Palliative Care nurse, for her care and support to Ellen and the family; the dedicated Interior Health home support staff who made it possible for Ellen to stay athome; and Members of Kelowna West UTC for

their kindness and support.  A memorial service will be

held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ellen’s

memory to the ALS Society of B.C.  1233-13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond B.C. V6V 2X7


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