MADELINE JOYCE (MADA) RENDELL
Born June 17, 1911. Died March 21, 2007 at Hospice House in Vernon.
Mada was born in Kamloops to Tam and Mary Moilliet, who had immigrated from England. They homesteaded in Vavenby in the North Thompson Valley, establishing a large sheep ranch. Mada was married in 1934 to Ernest (“Ren”) Rendell, and two years later their daughter, Molly, was born. The family ran a mixed farm of dairy and beef cattle, orchard, and of course, horses. The family showed horses together for many years throughout the valley. Mada was tragically widowed in 1950, when she was only thirty-eight years old. She kept on running the farm, because, as she put it; “It’s the only thing I know how to do!” She continued until 1964, when she sold the farm and moved to Aberdeen Road in Coldstream. Mada’s life was full, with horseback riding, hiking, cycling, canoeing and skiing. She was a member of the Coldstream Women’s Institute, Naturalist Club, Friends of History, Riding Club, All Saints’ Choir, Crisis Line, Cancer Collecting, Canadian Mental Health Georgette Shop, and the Schubert Singers.
In 1995, Molly and Sandy moved back to Vernon and lived with Mada – a very happy, hilarious and busy household, with many lawn parties, bonfires, and singsongs. In 2004, Mada made the decision to move into Coldstream Meadows Retirement Home, where she has lived ever since.
Mada leaves a wonderful legacy of unselfishness, love, wisdom, humour, and an incredible positive attitude. As Molly says: “What a role model!” We will miss her.
Mada was predeceased by her husband, Ren; two brothers, Ted and Jack, and a nephew, Eric. She leaves her daughter Molly (Sandy) Boyd; and grandchildren Heather (Peter), Susan (Eric), Ian, Lee-Anne, Rob (Sherry) and Sandra (Eric). She is also survived by great-grandchildren: Matt, Erin, Tory, Melissa, Kyle, Cameron, Dawson, Jordan, Emily, Dylan and Evan, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the amazing and wonderful staff at Hospice House. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to do so may make donations in memory of Mada to the Vernon Hospice Society, 3506 – 27 Ave., Vernon, V1T 1S4. A Memorial Service will be held at All Saints’ Anglican Church on Monday, March 26, at 2:30 P.M., with the Reverend Jane Bourcet officiating. Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home. 542-0155.