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Alice Kalyn

June 16, 1917 - April 15, 2015


Alice was born on a farm near Stoughton, SK in the municipality of Tecumseh #65. She was the eldest daughter of a family of four boys and four girls, born to her parents James and Elsie Pritchard.

Alice received her education at Walton School District #830. It was a rural school with one teacher teaching grades one to ten.

To escape the dry, dusty, grasshopper infested land of the early thirties, the family trekked north to Tisdale, SK where they settled in the lush Carrott River Valley. During this move Alice and her younger brother Wallace rode horseback and drove a herd of cattle 250 miles, taking twenty days.

In 1941, Alice and John Kalyn were married, having two sons, James and Ken. In 1960, the family moved to Osoyoos, BC.

Alice was a member of the Osoyoos United Church, joined the Dorcas Woman’s Group, sang in the choir, and was one of the main members of the thrift shop.

She had many hobbies including sewing, knitting, painting, writing poetry and loved gardening. Alice had a great appreciation of nature, but most of all she loved her family.

Alice was predeceased by four brothers Hyllis, Wallace, Emerson and Kenneth; three sisters Irene, Merle and Grace; husband John and eldest son James.

She is survived by her son Ken (Mary Lou); grandson Cody (Ashley); granddaughter Erin (Graham); great-granddaughters Kyah, Raegan and McKenna as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her last wish was to not have any type of funeral service, but would instead ask her friends to make donations to charities of their choice.

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Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.


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From: Carolynn kelly
Relation: Freinds

Alice was a wonderful Lady. Very kind and loving. Always a helping hand to everyone. Very talented in many ways. An artist. Alice had the most beautiful blue eyes always smiling. Rest in peace. Love Carolynn xxxx

From: Penny Burnett
Relation: friend of the family

So sorry to hear that your Mom / grandmother had died. I know that she will be missed very much. Penny and Ken

From: Cindy liebel
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

We are sorry to hear of the passing of your mother/grandmother. She was a wonderful lady.
Jim and Cindy

From: Christy Morgan
Relation: Family friend

My grandparents knew both Alice and John for many years, my mother grew up with the kids. Both John and Alice were very loving, kind people. My annual trips to Osoyoos always included a visit with Alice — whether it be sharing a laugh over some coffee, browsing and chatting at the thrift shop or having fun at the coffee parties after church. I am very grateful for all the time, laughs, fun and stories shared over many, many years. I will miss her kind smile and caring ways but know that I will keep those memories with me always. my condolences to the Kalyn family – may Alice’s teachings and love be with each of you always.

From: Fay Morgan
Relation: Family Friend

Alice was a very special family friend since the family moved to Osoyoos. She always had great stories or the”good old days” and kept a daily journal since she was a young girl. She was an inspiration, friend, mentor, and an angel that preferred to do so many good things for those in need quietly behind the scene.
My love and prayers to Ken and family,you will miss her greatly. She loved you all so much.I know she will be in your heart and foul forever

From: Shawna Morgan
Relation: Shawna

I feel lucky to have met Alice. She was a good friend of my Grandmothers. Alice had quick wit and a giant heart. I still expect to see her working away when i walk into the thrift shop. My condolences to her family whom she talked so fondly of.

From: Donn Baskett
Relation: former neighbour, friend of Ken

Alice was always kind to me, and everyone. Just another one of many good, caring women of her generation.
Say hi to my mom and everybody else for me, Mrs. Kalyn. See you soon.

From: Julia Wight
Relation: friend

I had the privilege of knowing Alice since she moved into White Sands. I was always amazed at her many talents and so touched by her unconditional love for her family. She has left the world a better place through her Christian faith and her dedication to the welfare of the community. I will miss her quiet demeanor,her stories and her great style. My condolences to the entire family.

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