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The family of Lois Marguerite Newton (nee McKim) sadly announces her passing on November 24 at the age of 95 years.
Mum passed away peacefully with family at her bedside. This amazing woman will be forever missed by her loving family: children, Barb (Jack) Hoy, Bruce (Maggie Appleton) Newton, Brenda (Dan) Veller, and Margot Newton; grandchildren, Christopher, Paddy and Melanie Newton; Michael, Andrew and Christa Hoy; Kimberly Veller, Angela Mathew; Avery and Claire Newton; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Sammy Parke and many nieces, nephews and their families.
Mum was predeceased by the love of her life, Peter, in 1996, and her sister Leah.
Born in Nelson to Albert and Thelma McKim, the family moved to Kelowna in 1935. Mum was a strong student and completed her senior matriculation year in 1945. During the WWII years, she worked in orchards, packing houses and canneries because so many young men had enlisted. Mum decided to pursue a career which included both health care and science, which led her to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to study and train as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. She returned to Kelowna and was persuaded by Dr. Knox to work at the hospital for six months before following her heart to a possible job at a hospital on Haida Gwaii. But fate, and then love, intervened as she and Peter Newton became an item. They were married a year later in 1948. Even as their family grew, she continued to work at KGH until her retirement in 1977.
Mum was a long-time member of Kinettes, First United Church (she was the tea-essence master!), UCW Bankhead Unit, Probus, and Orchard Valley Quilters Guild. She loved cross-country skiing, curling, summers at Kim Kamp and Up-A-Lake, the large vegetable garden, baking, preserving and canning, visiting and hosting friends and family, and travelling with Dad (especially to Hawaii). She was a talented seamstress and knitter. After retirement, Mum delighted in quilting many beautiful treasures for family and friends and enjoyed the camaraderie of her quilting buddies.
After Dad passed away, Mum moved from Willow Crescent to Sandalwood and then to Sandalwood Retirement Community. She made many new friends there and treasured her long-time ones, especially when dementia began to interfere with everyday living. In 2020 Mum made a new home at Pine Acres, and then Village at Mill Creek the next year. She received outstanding care and affection at both facilities. While family and friends adjusted to the long goodbye, Mum’s passing was hastened due to Covid. We are grateful to all those who helped make her days brighter.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Central Okanagan United Church (721 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna) on Thursday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. with Cheryl Perry officiating. Masking is requested. Due to Covid there will be no reception. If you are unable to attend the Celebration of Life, you are welcome to watch the live stream of the service by following the link that will be provided below.