THOMSON, OLIVE BRENDA
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.