Clara Dubrett (nee Lazard) was born January 13, 1933 in Vernon
and passed away on April 29, 2008 at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
She is survived by her nine children; Alex (Dodie), Hannah (Andy),
Marilyn (George), Rocky, Sandy (Leo), Barney (Rita), Anita (John),
Jordan and Rodney. Clara was the proud grandmother of eleven
grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by
seven sisters and eight brothers from the Lazard and Louis families.
Clara is further survived by her companion Glen Wood and her
faithful canines: Tanya, Mojo and Rex.
She was predeceased by her husband Abraham and two sons
James and Stuart; three brothers and three sisters.
Throughout her life time she worked very hard and this ethic is refl ected in her children,
grandchildren, and her tatupas, her great-grandchildren. She has created many cherished
memories with her family, relatives, friends and community members.
Over the years, Clara was well known to be called on to share the Okanagan language and
teachings. She was frequently asked to make prayers, presentations and public appearances
as a resource person at the University of British Columbia, Kelowna School
District, Lake Country Native Association, Okanagan Indian Band, and Okanagan Nation Alliance.
She was actively involved with the Inkamuplux Elders Group and Ki-Low-Na Friendship
Centre Elders Group.
Her teachings included the values of respect and honoring others which she consistently
shared with her family. Clara will be fondly remembered for her laughter, her shining smile,
her words of encouragement and positive attitude.
Clara valued education; she went to Okanagan College and did upgrading to eventually
receive a high school diploma. A little known fact about her was that she was also the
president and spokesperson of the literacy group at Okanagan College.
Her high energy and optimism kept her on the go. She loved to travel to elders’ gatherings
and various events along with watching her grandson and relatives play hockey.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff of Vernon Jubilee Hospital for the care and
kindness shown to her and the entire family. Special thanks to nurse Viola Brown for being
a comforting presence to her Auntie Clara and Dr. Gavin Smart for his steadfast care of our
mother and grandmother.
Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, May 5 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church
at Head of the Lake, Father Richard Hanaczewski, Celebrant. Burial will follow at Head of
the Lake Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of
Vernon Funeral Home