Olive Brenda THOMSON (nee Butler)

THOMSON, OLIVE BRENDA

(nee Butler)

Brenda Thomson passed away on January 21, 2016. She was born in Westwold, BC, on January 12, 1933, the youngest of five children. Her parents, Robert (Bertie) and Doris

Butler (nee Duck) moved to Okanagan Mission in 1945.

Brenda married Gifford Thomson in May 1951, and they lived on the farm in Okanagan Mission throughout their lives. Gifford predeceased Brenda in 2011. Brenda is survived by their seven children, Stephen,

Gillian, Margot, Kirsty, Diana, Elizabeth, and Colin, and

their families. She was Nana to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was Aunt Brenda to many

nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her

eldest sister Nancy Gray.

Brenda was a keen traveler, bird watcher, naturalist and conservationist. She enjoyed the outdoors, often hiking,

canoeing and camping. She shared her love of skiing with her family and is remembered for the time and effort

needed to get the family to the ski hill.

Brenda was a committed volunteer and gave tirelessly

to many organizations, most notably the Friends of

Mission Creek, the Naturalist Club and St. Andrew’s Church. She loved a game of bridge and spent many

afternoons and evenings playing cards with her friends.

Passionate about genealogy, Brenda spent many hours

researching and compiling family history. Her custodianship of photos, letters, documents, and mementos leaves a

legacy for generations to come. Brenda enjoyed art and

collected many wonderful paintings. She was loved for her hand-drawn cards and illustrated storybooks. She was a

devoted mother and grandmother, and her family treasures the memories of wonderful times spent at the farm and the beach. The impact of her dedication to family and tradition

is felt by all.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 28th

at 1:30 pm, at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church,

4619 Lakeshore Road.

In honour of Brenda’s memory please consider re-cycling, re-using and re-purposing.