Verna Marjory (nee MacKenzie) Farynuk


Verna Marjory Farynuk (nee MacKenzie) passed away peacefully at her home on February 5th, 2007, having succumbed to a respiratory disease: Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Verna was born in Kimberley, BC, on November 24th, 1929, where she completed her elementary and secondary education. Upon graduation, she enrolled at Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary, receiving her RN Diploma. Her first career assignment was at the Cranbrook Hospital followed by employment at the Vernon Jubilee. While in Vernon, Verna met Henry (Hank) Farynuk, who she married on August 25th, 1956.

Verna will be fondly missed and remembered by her husband, Hank, of 50 years; son, Michael (Maria) and grandson, Scott, of Langley, BC; daughter, Catherine of Kamloops, BC, (her son, Bruce, predeceased her in December 2003); brother, John MacKenzie of Kimberley, BC, and sister Ruth (John) Alexander of Langley, BC. Many nieces and nephews will grieve her passing.

In addition to her nursing commitment, she spent much time rearing her children, who appreciated her devoted energies to their needs throughout their formative years. Verna’s personality traits could be described as being compassionate, thoughtful, capable and unselfish – all these put together made her an excellent homemaker. Her cooking, baking, sewing and knitting were much appreciated by the whole family.

Verna’s caring compassionate nature was shown not only in the home environment – it extended into the community through dual membership in The Kiwanis Club of Kelowna –

Summit, and The Kiwanis Club of Lake Country. Much of her spare time was devoted to working on community projects benefiting the young, the needy, and the elderly. The fact that her husband, Hank, also has a dual membership in the same two above-mentioned clubs, enabled them to travel as a team to District and International Conventions in Canada and the United States.

For a change of pace, Verna would play bridge, read books, magazines, newspapers, as well as watch TV.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the BC Lung Association, Box 34009, Stn. D., Vancouver, BC V6J 9Z9.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, February 12th, at 2:00 P.M., at Trinity United Church in Vernon, with Blair and Sheila Odney officiating. Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155. Condolences may be sent to

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