VELMA (VALERIE) KYLE BOWYER

GARRY Mumford. BOWYER

VELMA (VALERIE) KYLE-BOWYER

September 18, 1914-July 2, 2010

Val passed away peacefully at Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna, BC. She was born at Ingelow, Manitoba, the youngest child of William and Sarah Greenwood. Val’s formative years were spent in Ingelow, Brookdale and Brandon. After high school graduation Val’s sense of adventure took her to Ontario where she found employment with Bell Telephones. Her telephone training enabled her to find employment all over the world. In 1937 she married and moved to California. She found work as a switchboard operator at one of the more prestigious hotels. When World War Two broke out she returned to Canada to enlist in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. She was soon promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was in charge of training new recruits. She served both in Canada and England. After the war Val traveled extensively to England, Africa and Spain. She returned to Canada in 1952 and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. She served with them until November 1954 when her sense of adventure took her back to her beloved Spain where she ran with the bulls and then went on to Africa. She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, traveled through the Belgian Congo in a 1950 Citroen and went on African safaris. She also met Bram in Africa and they were married in 1956 and lived there until Bram’s retirement. They began their journey to return to Canada. In 1974 at the age of 60 Val decided to try her hand in the apple business. Land was purchased in Oyama and through years of hard work an orchard was flourishing. For 13 years Val and Bram nurtured their orchard and also commuted to Vancouver where Bram was employed. In 1987 they sold their orchard and moved to Kelowna. Val purchased her first computer at the age of 84 and at the age of 93 her book “African Mornings and Spanish Nights” was published. Velma was predeceased by her parents, William and Sarah Greenwood, her husband Bram, brothers Fred and Gordon and sister-in-law Vicky Greenwood. She leaves to mourn her sister Linda (Tom) Harris, brothers Ed (Marilynn) McLeay, Earl (Judy) McLeay, Con (Penny) McLeay: sisters-in-law, Lavetta Greenwood and Hilda (Franklin) Gray, along with several cousins, nieces and nephews and numerous friends all over the world. The Memorial Service will be held Monday, July 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd., Kelowna, BC, with Rev. Lorna Hillian officiating. Donation to charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077


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