WILMA RONALEE

RONALEE WILMA WARD (nee Drinnan) (1942-2010)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ronni at the Hospice House with her husband by her side, on April 13th, 2010, after a short illness. Ronni is survived by her husband, Jim, her daughter, Jamie, her son-in-law, Rob, her grandson, Sam, and of course, her dog, Simba. Ronni was born on Sept. 18th, 1942 in Vancouver, but grew up in Revelstoke amongst many

loving family members and friends. At 16, Ronni moved to the big city, and began working as a legal secretary in

Vancouver – a position that brought her many life-long friends, including her husband. After getting married, Jim took Ronni on an epic journey through Europe, a trip she often reminisced about. They settled in Kelowna, or in her words “God’s Country”, where Ronni became involved in the community, tirelessly volunteering for Bankhead Elementary, Kelowna Senior Secondary, the BC Senior Games, as well as canvassing for various causes. She was also Treasurer of the Kelowna Masters Racquetball Club for many years. She took great pleasure in giving the Masters a hard time at all their tournaments, particularly if they didn’t pay their dues on time. An avid sports fan, Ronni could always give you updates on all the important events, especially hockey, curling, and figure skating. She enjoyed her Wednesday lunches, musicals, her Revelstoke reunions and winning at crib – which she did often. She was vivacious and fun loving and will be missed by her family and a broad circle of friends. The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses on Ward 4A at KGH for their efforts, as well as the compassion shown by the nurses at the Hospice House. At Ronni’s request, there will not be a funeral service; rather, a private family celebration of Ronni’s life will take place at a later date. Any condolences for the family can be sent to: rememberingronni.ward@gmail.com. For anyone wishing to acknowledge Ronni in some fashion, the family requests, in lieu of flowers, that they make a donation to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association in Ronni’s name at #202-1466 St. Paul St., Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1T2.


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