June 24th, 1921 – April 12th, 2015
Your Mother Lives On In You
“She lovingly nurtured you
when you were small
and guided you as you grew.
Her attitudes, values,
hopes and dreams
became a part of you.
And though she is gone,
her love for you
remains, and always will…
your Mother lives on within your heart –
her spirit guides you still.”
Rae Ruth Banner passed away peacefully at the age of 93 years on April 12th, 2015 in the North Okanagan Hospice with family at her side.
Rae will be sadly missed by her two daughters, Brenda (Don) Gerein of Sicamous, B.C. and Marnie (Otto) Andersen of Vernon, B.C.; two sons, Ross of Vernon, B.C. and Allen (Coralee) of Smithers, B.C.; five grandchildren, Jasen (Lori) Gerein, Cory (Karen) Gerein, Casey and Jenna Banner and Hannah Brohman-Banner; four great-grandchildren, Madison and Jerrod Gerein, Connor and Caylin Gerein; several nieces, nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daisy Atkinson in 1963 and Reginald Atkinson in 1973; her husband, Charlie, to whom she was married for 58 years, in 2001; and her later companion in life, Dr. Tom McMurtry in 2006; her sister, Doris Hodge in 1994; and her brother, Roy Atkinson in 1944.
Rae was born Mildred Ruth Atkinson in Penticton, B.C. on June 24th, 1921. After her school days, she worked at the Hickory Shop in Penticton and married Charlie in 1943. Shortly after Charlie returned from overseas, the family moved back to Penticton, then to Nelson and finally to Vernon where Charlie managed the Safeway store. Rae continued her busy life raising a family and volunteering in the community. During her 55 years in Vernon, she was a member of the Kiwassa Club and Spallumcheen Golf Club, serving on the executives of both organizations. Rae was also a cub leader, assisted with the Community Concert Association and volunteered at the Art Gallery. Later in life she was very active in the Halina Choir and the Schubert Singers. She was especially fond of her garden and all her flowers. This is portrayed in her water color paintings, notecards and pastels of flowers. She was a talented painter, poet and singer and while able, lived life to the fullest. Rae was a wonderful mother to four children, a very kind, loyal friend who always went that extra mile to help someone in need. She was our role model. Mom, we miss you so much.
Cremation preceded a Reception which will take place in the Bethel Tea Room on Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.
As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may send donations in memory of Rae to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 – 27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4, B.C. Children’s Hospital, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3V4, or to the charity of their choice.
Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • 250-542-1187