August 13th, 1945 — December 20th, 2015
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by her father Douglas, Cheryll is survived by her mother Margaret, her loving husband of 45 years, Darryl, their children Kirsten Gentes (Ryan), Kara Torrance (Jody), Tim (Sharnell), granddaughters Kadence and Konnelly, sister Allyson Hannaford (Rod) and brother Brian Treleaven (Sandy), her aunt Ada, numerous nieces and nephews, many cousins and countless friends.
Cheryll was born in Saskatoon and raised in Winnipeg. She graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Winnipeg in 1969 and began her working life as a management trainee with the Hudson’s Bay Co. After several years with IBM, she spent the balance of her career in various Human Resources Management and Training positions with both the federal and Manitoba governments. After retiring in 2006, she and Darryl built their dream home overlooking Okanagan Lake just outside of Vernon; the site of many happy and memorable family gatherings. In latter years, she was actively involved as a volunteer in her local community, including the North Westside Communities Association and the Killiney Beach library.
Despite a successful and demanding career, Cheryll’s predominant priority in life was always family. She was the glue that held us together; friend, confidante, organizer, mediator / negotiator / conciliator…the list goes on. She was generous, funny, kind, loving and fair but did not suffer fools gladly. If you got “the look”, you knew you’d crossed the line. She was a seamstress and knitter extraordinaire, producing countless memorable pieces for family and friends. She adored her granddaughters and cherished every precious moment she spent with them. She particularly loved Christmas and would be overjoyed to know the entire family was together again this year. We love you and miss you “Mum-Mum”.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a date and location to be announced. The family wish to thank the staff at 2 west, Vernon Jubilee Hospital and the Vernon Cancer Centre for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.