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Brenda Shaw

September 9, 1946 - August 16, 2019


It is with great sorrow that the family of Brenda Marie Shaw announce her sudden passing on Friday August 16,2019. Brenda was born in St Martin’s hospital in Oliver to Russell and Lena Shaw. She was the second of four girls. She was predeceased by her sister Lorraine Regina on August 28, 1952, her father Russell on October 7, 2005, her mother Lena on October 3, 2011, and her sister Norma Elizabeth on November 18, 2013.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her sister Sandra Jones [Frank], nephew Dean Jones [Elena] and children Alessandra and Dylan, her niece Angela deKergommeaux and her children Sophie and Nicolas as well as many cousins and friends.

Brenda completed all of her schooling in Oliver, graduating in 1964, then completing Grade X111 the following year. She attended Simon Fraser University for one year.

Brenda had many interests during her lifetime. She played softball, knitting, taught herself to play the guitar and oil paint, became involved in politics, worked with the Catholic Youth Group for several years in the 1980’s and played guitar for the Saturday night mass.

Her business career included banking and retail positions in Vancouver, Edmonton, Kelowna and Oliver.

When she returned to Oliver in the early 1980’s she worked at Field’s Store eventually becoming assistant manager. The highlights of her working life were twofold: secretarial work for Bill Barlee [MLA for the South Okanagan] in Osoyoos and working for the Oliver Chamber of Commerce.

She retired from working as an employee at K & C Silviculture.

Brenda’s lifelong love of history and writing became a passion in her later years.

Brenda will be remembered for her family stories and amazing genealogy research that connected long lost family members not only of the Shaw family but for many other families as well.

She will be dearly missed by family and her many Facebook friends

We would like to thank Dr Entwistle for his care and concern of Brenda over many years of seeing her as a patient.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 1:00 pm, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Christ the King Catholic Church followed by an urn interment and committal at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery. A reception in the church lower hall will follow the committal.

Donations are gratefully accepted for a charity of one’s choice.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Margaret Harkness
Relation: Good Friend

Brenda was such an inspiration for everyone she came into contact with and I was thankfully in receipt of that. I personally enjoyed all her stories of all of you and will miss those. She loved her family and friends so much and it showed. She definitely had a gift and it will be greatly missed along with her.

From: Edwin M. Hopkins
Relation: Former schoolmate

My condolences to Brenda’s sister, brother-in-law, her nephew and niece, and to her extended family and friends. We have all lost a treasured raconteur.

From: Anna Hext
Relation: Friend

My heartfelt condolences to Brenda’s family & friends . Brenda will be sadly missed .

From: Brita Park

So sorry to learn of Brenda’s passing. I loved her historical anecdotes set in the early years of Oliver . She deep love for the people she described came through, thanks to her writing talent, mingled humour and kindness. I once nominated her for ” Spirit of Oliver” award, and hope that she might be considered for this again. She enriched our sense of community in her unique way. Condolences to all the family,
Brita Park ( Mundel)

From: Carol Burnstein
Relation: Old school friend/recent facebook friend

I was my joy to reconnect with Brenda after almost 50 years; it saddens me to know I will not again enjoy her stories, poems & jokes. My condolences to all her beloved family & her friends.

From: Darlene Sperling
Relation: School Friends

Brenda, you are now free as a bird, free of all your fears and concerns. You will be dearly missed by all who have known you. Sandy I am so sorry for your loss and send condolences to the whole family. Ray and I go along way back with Brenda, she was in Ray’s classes throughout SOSS years. I am a friend of cousin Judy and her family for years. Brenda came back into my life 3 years ago when I posted that I was looking for my Biological family, she jumped right in and offered here knowledge and expertice and went on the search. Within an hour she had contacts for me.. Amazing!! With her encouragement I started to contact them. I now have another entire family and I will forever be greatful to Brenda for making this happen. She was one of a kind.. I wanted to post this as I truly want you to to know how this girl changed lives in her way. May God Bless Brenda and your family. Fly free my friend and dance with the ones you loved so dearly… Dar and Ray Sperling

Service Schedule

  Memorial Mass

Date & Time:
September 14, 2019
Beginning at 1:00pm

Christ the King Catholic Church
6044 Spartan Street
Oliver, BC Canada

A memorial mass will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Urn interment and committal will follow at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery with a reception at the church lower hall following the interment.

6044 Spartan Street
Oliver, BC Canada

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