A KELOWNA ORIGINAL. Jean McKenzie Walsh (nee Black) has passed away peacefully at the Village on Mill Creek at the age of 86. Jean was born in Kelowna in 1921 and is pre-deceased by her parents William and Roberta Black (Band), her brother Doug, sister Ellen, and husband Stan. After completing her nurse’s training in 1944 at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, Jean worked as an RN in Kelowna, Duncan, Nanaimo and Vancouver before becoming a stewardess with CP Air. After her marriage and the birth of her children, Jean resumed her nursing career in Kelowna in 1965. Jean enjoyed music, antiques, art and travelling, but especially loved nature. This love of nature came from her very early childhood years living in the Joe Rich Valley and later, many happy summers visiting there after her pioneering parents moved to Kelowna. In more recent years, Jean had many happy times at the family cabin on Mission Creek as well as day trips and extended outings with the Central Okanagan Naturalists Club. Jean is survived by her four children Bill (Susan), Norman (Sandy), Lorna and Colin (Linda); grandchildren Julie, David, Rory, Holly, Airlie, Tom, Michael, Jeff, Jenny, and Steven; great grandchild Gabriel Walsh and relatives in Kelowna, Vancouver, Ontario, the United Kingdom and South Africa. The family would like to thank the many excellent health care professionals who attended to Jean’s well-being over the years. The empathy of Dr. Annette Stevens, the insight of Dr. Bill Carlyle, and the caring of Dr. Alexis Thomson were especially appreciated as was the dedication of the staff at the Joseph Benjamin and the Village On Mill Creek. A memorial service will be held at the Mission Estates clubhouse at 3370 Casorso Road at 2 pm on Sunday, April 13th. (The clubhouse can be accessed from Lanfranco) In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Friends of Mission Creek, c/o M. Foster, Vice President, 4825 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, V1W 4H6 (or a charity of your choice).

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