Helen Marie Burnell (Nee Mackie)

Helen Marie Burnell (Nee Mackie)


March 25, 1941 ~ March 17, 2013

Helen Marie Burnell

(nee Mackie) passed

away on Sunday,

March 17th, 2013 at

Kelowna General Hospital

at the age of 71 years.

Helen is survived by her

husband Brian of 50 years marriage, daughters, Cathy (Bruce) Gunderson, Marie (Jack) Ireland, and son Wes (Linda) Hodgson. She is also survived by her four siblings, Diana Loiselle, Tom Mackie (Colleen), Russell (Barb) Mackie and Margaret

Mackie; and two

brother-in-laws, Ted (Madeleine) Burnell, Vern (Verna)

Burnell, and sister-in-law, Beth Bosch. Helen also has

four grandchildren, Lorna (Rudolf) Erasmus, Douglas

(Christina) Ireland, and Brian and Allen Gunderson;

and four great grandchildren, Kayla, Nicholas, Dezirae,

and Sienna; and numerous nieces and nephews. She

will be lovingly remembered and missed by all of her

family and friends, dog Nickie. Helen was predeceased

by her parents Doug and Mary Mackie, her godson

Kent Schellenberg; husband’s parents, Edward and

Elsie Burnell, brother-in-laws – Albert and Laurene Burnell, Jack and Nellie Burnell, and Ken and Marge Burnell, sister and brother-in-law, Marge and Ed Schneider; and two

nephews, Steven Burnell and Kent Lauinger.

Helen was the president of the Rutland Branch #55 Senior Centre for the past 12 years, an elder for the Kelowna Métis Society, a member of the Rutland Resident’s Society,

Rutland Centennial Park’s Society and Royal Canadian

Legion; and was very actively involved with the Hospital

Employees Union. Helen loved to play cards and be

involved with her grandchildren and

great grandchildren’s lives.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 am on

Monday, March 25th, 2013 at Valleyview Funeral Home, 165 Valleyview Road, Rutland, BC. A luncheon will follow

at 150D Gray Road, Branch #55 Senior Center from

12:00 – 1:30 pm. A cemetery service will follow at 2:00 pm at Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery. An Open House will be held at the Rutland Centennial Park Hall,

180 Rutland Road from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and a

potluck supper from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Come and celebrate mom’s 72nd Birthday with us!

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Rutland

Branch #55 Senior Center or Elsie Burnell

(Pursuit of Education) Award – c/o C.O.B.S.

Arrangements entrusted to


Dignity Memorial 250-765-3147. Service will be recorded and viewable online after 5:00 pm at

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