Mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Geneva was a proud, opinionated and feisty lady.

Geneva was born in 1918 in Saskatchewan and passed away on May 8, 2011 (Mother’s Day) in Vernon, B.C. of natural causes at the age of 92. Mother’s Day now will always have an altered significance for her family. She was predeceased by her husband, Lorne Brothen, who passed away April 10, 2010, after 62 years of marriage.

Mom passed peacefully at her apartment in Carrington Place, in good health other than her failing eyesight and the often present issues of aging. She very much missed her husband and partner, Lorne, after his passing last year and she struggled somewhat with the adjustments to her new life without him.

She was the fourth of six children born to William and Emma Reaugh and the last remaining of the family. Geneva married Lorne Brothen in 1949, and together they raised four boys: Keith (Edmonton), Dennis and Gwen (Vernon), Randy and Ingrid (Regina), and Chris and Cathy (Vernon).

Mom loved the security of her home and her family and friends. Her passion was cooking and baking, and we fondly remember the Sunday dinners with roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, as well as her scrumptious strawberry and rhubarb pies. Mom always kept an immaculate home and knew the remedy to any household debacle. The coffee pot was always on for friends and she enjoyed nothing more than a nice, long chat, especially about world affairs. Knitting, crocheting and cards were other favorite activities and she always had time for a good glass of wine.

During their retirement, Mom and Dad were fortunate to have had many good years spending winters in the South Western US. She loved to travel. One of the highlights of her life was an extended trip to Europe to visit her son Dennis who was living and working in Italy. Mom would often speak of her travel experiences and the memories were sure to be raised in conversation. She was always planning for the “next” adventure. Unfortunately, time and age didn’t permit much travel in the final years of her life.

Mom loved her pets and truly had a special affinity for animals. She spent many hours walking her dog, Dana , and never forgot her precious family cats, Tammy and Boots.

Your leaving was unannounced, Mom, and we didn’t get that final chance to say our good-byes, but we know this is how you wanted it to be, “no muss – no fuss!” We all love you deeply Mom and miss you terribly but we know you will always be with us. Vaya con Dios mamá.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Pestridge, all the care nurses who supported Mom, her Carrington Place tablemates, Eileen, Minah, Dorothy, and her regular visitors, Bernice and Charlene. We know that Mom would have liked to say good bye to all her friends and neighbours at Sandpiper; she will truly miss all of you. We would also like to thank our ‘Kal Tire’ family for their kindness and assistance – you are always there.

As per Mom’s wishes, there will not be a formal funeral service, however, a celebration of life tea is planned for Saturday, May 28th at 10 am at the Sandpiper Club House, 1220 – 25th Ave in Vernon.

In lieu of flowers, Mom would have wished that contributions be made to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 – 27 Ave Vernon BC V1T 1S4 to assist them in their excellent and tireless work.

Arrangements have been entrusted to:


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