Mary Rose Burns

Dec. 20, 1920 – July 19, 2013

Our loving mother, Mary Rose Burns, was welcomed into the arms of the Lord on July 19, 2013. After Dad’s passing in March, we hoped Mom would have had more time to enjoy her life with her family and friends but sadly it was not to be.

We are heartbroken for our loss but happy to look back on Mom’s 92 years of life. Mary was born in Saskatchewan on December 20, 1920 to George and Juliana Flegel. Mary and Bill were married on April 26, 1943 and moved to Vernon in 1950. Mary was an active member of the St. James parish and recently proudly received her 60-year membership pin with the Catholic Women’s League.

She is survived by: her children, Chris Burns (Judy) and Wendy Gilchrist; grandchildren: Lisa Ayers, Kimberly Downey (Darren), Nicole Nicholls, Spence Gilchrist (Ashley), Kayla Gilchrist, and Matthew Burns (Kerri-Lynn); great-grandchildren: Brett Stuart-Ayers, Kyle Galigan, Hunter and Makenna Nicholls, Emma, Abby and Lily Downey, Rhys, Grayson and Cohen Gilchrist, and William Burns; her sisters: Gert Campbell, Aggie Turner, and Emily Buhman.

Our family would like to thank the staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital for the care and compassion shown during Mom’s final four weeks.

Memorial Mass will take place at St. James Catholic Church on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Normandeau, Celebrant.

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