November 16, 1934 – June 20, 2014

Born in Sweetgrass, Montana to Leo and Gwendoline Sweeney.  Ellen grew up in Calgary, Alberta. A gifted athlete, she was a star of the Glencoe Figure Skating Club. She attended Montana State University in Missoula, Montana and graduated with a degree in Education and Music. On June 21, 1958 she married Gerald N. Stewart (Gerry) and died in his arms on the eve of their 56th wedding anniversary.

Ellen took pride in her Texas roots but nothing made her more proud than her seven children: Michael Stewart of Chilliwack, Tamara Johnson (David) of Bellingham, Patrick Stewart of Kelowna, Brenda Ganley (Mark) of Bellevue, Sandra McKee (Phil) of Bellingham, Todd Stewart of Kauai and Pamela Paulhus (Patrick) of Kelowna. Then of course, there were her grandchildren: Brett, Ami, Kevin, Matthew, Sarah, Liam, Willick, Shyanne, Samuel, Graden and Taylor who brought her immeasurable joy.  She was their biggest cheerleader and fiercest supporter.

She selflessly nurtured and cared for so many. She felt blessed to have family that were friends and friends that were like family. Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Gwendoline Sweeney, her brother John Sweeney, her sister Gwendoline Entorf and her half-brother J.B. Sweeney and half-sister Patsy Weber.  She is survived by her sisters Mary Brower of Round Up, Montana, Marguerite Knight of Dallas, Texas and many nieces and nephews.

Prayers will be recited on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm with a Mass on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:00 am both at St. Charles Garnier Parish, 3645 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna, BC

In lieu of flowers, please take time to do a small random act of kindness in your community in memory of Mom/Ellen.


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