Leila Azelia Gertrude Ellen Hanson (nee O’Sullivan), age 93, of Kelowna, BC passed away peacefully, surrounded by family November 11, 2017.
Leila was born in Montreal, Quebec, September 27, 1924 to Denis O’Sullivan and Azelia Routhier. Leila was the second youngest of eight children. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Bridgid Hudon, Madeline (Mickey) O’Sullivan, Hannah Marie (Pat) Oates, Veronica O’Sullivan, Theresa Zambon and brothers Daniel and Dennis O’Sullivan.
Leila met her husband, Charles Henry (Bud) Hanson when he was temporarily stationed in Montreal with the RCAF during WWII. They married December 28, 1946 and moved to Neepawa, Manitoba where they raised their family. Bud predeceased Leila October 28, 1997. Leila moved to Kelowna in 2009 where she made many new friends at Missionwood Retirement Resort.
Leila loved music and sang in many community and church choirs. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to six children, eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. She encouraged them all to strive to be the very best in all their endeavours. Her faith and belief in God sustained her throughout her life.
Leila is survived by her children: Michele Liebrock (Chuck), Carl Hanson (Robert Von Platen), Patricia Kelly (Larry) and Madeline Hanson, all of Kelowna, Neil Hanson (Lisa Denomme) of Victoria and Suzanne Simourd (Micheal) of Ottawa.
Leila was cremated and a Memorial Mass for family and Celebration of Life was held in Kelowna. Interment will be in Neepawa, Manitoba at a future date.
The family wishes to thank her many friends, Dr. Wendy Wickstrom and staff, the Interior Health Palliative Disease Management team and the staff at Central Okanagan Hospice House for their care and support.
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