Mabel Mary (nee Olson) Myers Jaworsky

Mabel Mary (nee Olson) Myers Jaworsky, 82 years of age passed away on February 20, 2009 in Kelowna, BC.

Mabel was born April 20,1926 at Cold Lake, AB, one of three children born to John and Gertrude Olson. The Olson family eventually moved to the Princeton, BC area where they lived when Mabel caught the eye and attentions of John (Shorty) Myers. Mabel and Shorty married, lived at Copper Mountain where Shorty worked in the mine, and started a family. A daughter and son were born to them in Princeton. Mabel and Shorty then moved to Winfield, BC. They bought property, built a home and added to the family with one more daughter and son who were born in Kelowna. A few short years after designing and building their dream home and with four small children to care for, on a cold November morning the house burned to the ground nearly taking Shorty and the youngest son in the conflagration. Losing everything but the clothes each person wore that day was a terrible blow to the family. Mabel and Shorty put in a very hard winter that year but the kindness and generosity of the community, neighbours and strangers was a great help and much appreciated. Most notable for exceptional generosity were “Grandpa Jack” and Davie Steele who provided immediate shelter to the family until another house could be found, and Frank Kushner and family of Oyama, who provided transportation and manpower to relocate the family to the next location and eventually back into the new house. Mabel and Shorty began rebuilding on the same site late that winter with snow still on the ground, and although not finished inside the family moved into the new house in late summer. After living there a number of years, the family made one more move to another house in Winfield where Shorty and Mabel resided together until Shorty passed away in 1968. Mabel eventually married again, to Joseph Jaworsky who predeceased her in May 2007. Mabel was a longtime employee of Woodsdale Packing House where she made a number of lifelong good friends. Socializing was a real pleasure for Mabel, who was often heard to say “I always do enjoy the company.” Mabel was also very skilled in the arts of sewing, embroidery, crochet, and knitting creating many beautiful items for home and family, or as cherished gifts to friends, passions closely followed by her love of a good game of canasta. Mabel was predeceased by her father John Olson and mother Gertrude Olson, daughter Arlene in 1965, husband Shorty in 1968, brother Clifford Olson of Quesnel, son Wayne in 1993 and husband Joseph in 2007. She is survived by daughter Verna Myers (Ken Kushner) of Revelstoke, son Kenny Myers of Nakusp, sister Ethel Zeolkowski (nee Olson) of Vernon, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Cremation to be followed by private family memorial. The family wishes to express our gratitude to all the Management and Staff of Lake Country Lodge and Manor for the kindness and great care of Mabel during her residency there. We also offer our thanks and appreciation to the nursing staff and doctor’s at Kelowna General Hospital who attended Mabel during her final short stay.

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