Leigh Ramsay

Beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

Leigh Ramsay shone brightly, illuminating everything and everyone around her. She was the light in the room, a bright flame to whom we were all irresistibly drawn. She positively radiated vitality with her zest for life, wicked sense of humour and blonde, blue-eyed beauty.

Leigh departed from the world she so passionately loved on August 21st after a heroic, even inspired, battle with melanoma.

Lovely Leigh was born in Williams Lake, B.C. on October 21st, 1958, the youngest of five children. Her parents, Bill and May Ramsay, moved the family from Punzi Mountain to Summerland, B.C. in 1962. As an adult, Leigh later settled in Vernon.

She loved the outdoors from an early age. As a child, she was always outside, playing. That never changed. She was an accomplished hiker, backpacker, skier, runner and volleyball player.

Physical fitness was a big part of Leigh’s life. After working for Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company in Vancouver, she trained to be a fitness instructor and rehabilitation therapy assistant. That lead her career in many directions: helping others as a personal trainer, leading exercise classes for the elderly and working as a recreation coordinator at a seniors’ facility.

Leigh is survived by her devoted and beloved husband, Brian Gluschenko, her father Bill, sisters Sharon Farnsworth (Dale) , Sandra Khalenbach (David) and Brenda, and brother Bill (Christine). Her mother May passed away in August of 2006.

Her sparkle will be terribly missed by Brian’s family: Nancy and Paul Gluschenko, Valerie and Alex Berenyi, Derek Gluschenko and Karen Verbeek.

Leigh was treasured by her nieces and nephews: Shari, Desiree, Dustin, Jason, Tim, Kristie, Mike, Nicholas, Natasha, Madelaine and Lukas.

She also had an extensive network of friends that brought her a wealth of love and joy: the Circle of Friends and her hiking crew (Roz, Sheryl and Faye) and the dear friends she and Brian shared many dinners, laughs and travels with.

Brian extends his gratitude to her co-workers and all the residents at Canterbury Court for their tremendous support and kindness. Thank you especially Bert, Delene, Janet, Myrna Lea and Mary.

The family is thankful for the many doctors, nurses and caregivers who helped Leigh through treatment: Dr. Jennifer Byrnes, Dr. Chris Spooner, Dr. Ed Hardy, Dr. Susan Ellard, Dr. Juanita Crook and Colleen McEachran, along with the staff at the Vernon and Kelowna cancer clinics.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate Leigh’s life on Wednesday, August 26th (today) between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Paddlewheel Park Hall, 7801 Okanagan Landing Road.

“Pink is love,” Leigh once said of her favourite colour. Please show your love for this vibrant wife, sister, aunt and friend by wearing something pink to the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Save Your Skin Foundation

(www.saveyourskin.ca).