Lorraine Elva Monroe

(nee Hamerness)

February 1, 1927 – January 20, 2010

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and mentor, Lorraine Elva Monroe (nee Hamerness) born February 1, 1927 (Halvergate Sask.) who gently left us on Jan. 20, 2010 in Kelowna.

Lorraine was noted for her compassion, her wisdom, her wit and her spunk, and she generously helped many people over the years with these gifts. Lorraine graduated from high school at age sixteen and despaired because she had enjoyed school so much and her family could not afford to continue her education to University. She attended business school in Moosejaw, SK, and went on to a career in banking with “Scotia Bank” in both Calgary, AB and Vernon, BC. Lorraine achieved her dream of owning property and building a house in Oyama, BC. A long time member of the Oyama Legion Auxiliary, she took an active part in community life. She was most proud of helping to raise money for the Auxillary’s bursary program to help students pursue their education after high school. Lorraine was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, L. Gordon Monroe in 2003, as well as her sisters; Margaret (Hamerness); Hazel (Dueck) and Dorothy (Coombs). She is survived by her sisters Kae (Canitz); Lois (John Zerr); brother Duane Bradley (Evelyn) and sister Marion (Terrance Solberg); her son Gordon (Heather) and daughters Susan and Judith; granddaughter, Colleen (David Ollila) and great-grandchildren Liam, Emily, Jacob and Spencer.

The family would like to invite anyone who might wish to remember Lorraine to a tea at the Oyama Legion-Community Club on Sunday, January 30th, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.