We Remember

BERRY, Amanda Faye

April 29, 1979 — February 5, 2024

With the profoundest of sorrow, we sadly announce the passing of our beloved Amanda Faye – mother, wife, daughter, sister, sister-cousin, cousin, auntie, and friend. After living with breast cancer for almost 3 years, Amanda left us peacefully and in comfort on February 5, 2024. She was 44 years old. Born to Patricia and Robert in Kelowna, BC on April 29, 1979, Amanda wasted no time earning the traditional name her Great Aunt Delia would bestow upon her years later – Cucuwelks or One-Who-Pokes-with-Needles. A rose by any other name…

In 1999, the unyielding pursuit of Simon began, and with the love of her life finally by her side, the couple welcomed Amanda’s infinite inspiration, her whole life, and her reasons for being, Autumn and Indigo. To think of Amanda is to think of someone unlike any other. She savoured life like a kid in a candy store and was always the first to turn a table into a dance floor. Sometimes outspoken and sometimes outrageous, she was full of ideas, and always spoke her truth. She was spontaneous, passionate, vivacious, kind, generous, and loving. With an immense heart, Amanda was a nurturer who brought people together and did her best to look after them, whether they be family, friends, or students.

In 2002, she began a career as a hairdresser where her creativity, penchant for colour, and spirited personality brought her a loyal clientele. Undaunted by the challenges of dyslexia, she completed the Human Service Worker program at Okanagan College in 2014 and became an Indigenous Advocate. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Social Work at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in 2021, which led her to a Wellness Worker career with School District 23. With a passionate voice, she was a strong advocate for at-risk Indigenous youth and forged meaningful connections with the students she supported. This job meant the world to her, and she considered Rutland Middle her second home. She cherished the water and made the most of every opportunity on the lakes of the Okanagan, be it dragon boating, paddleboarding, swimming off the family boat at her favourite spot on Kalamalka, or having Simon chase the sunset across the waves. Amanda will be remembered as fiercely loyal to her family and friends and above all else, for the vast love and unwavering pride she held for her children. Amanda is survived by her daughter Autumn; son Indigo; husband Simon; mother Patricia; father Robert; siblings Norman (Tara), Angelina, and Tristan; nephews Cruz and Wolf; sister-cousin Shannon (William); nephews Jade and Storm; niece Ellie and nephew Finn; and many more nieces, nephews, cousins, aunties, and uncles.

The family would like to thank all the friends and loved ones that have helped them during their time of need; School District 23 for their support; and to share their sincerest gratitude for the kind, compassionate and talented staff of Kelowna Hospice House and the 3MU unit of Kelowna General Hospital.  Thank you also to Crazy Apples Catering, who have honoured Amanda by renaming her favourite menu item The Amanda Berry Pecan Salad. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the BC Cancer Foundation, www.bccancer.bc.ca.

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  • Kim Dennis says:

    I was honored to work with Amanda at Rutland Middle. She was always there to support her students and help our school anyway that she could. She was a bright light that lit up every room that she entered. She will be so missed. Sending you all love and strength. Kim Denis

  • Kathy Wolfe says:

    I will miss my friend . My neice . Have known Amanda since birth . We all love you Amanda

  • Nikki Zimmermann says:

    Amanda you were a force. It was a pleasure to work with you. Rutland Middle and the Rutland community was lucky to have you. Your passion for your work, your students and your family was inspiring. You have touched so many and you will be missed by all. Sending love to your family 💕

  • Sharon Antoine says:

    Sending love to my cousin’s family. Her children, her partner, her mom Patricia.
    Amanda always opened her heart to learning about our traditional ways, both. Her and Shannon came home to Shulus
    Fly softly cousin, you were loved, and will be missed
    Cousin Sharon and family

  • Mark Beaulieu says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Amanda’s family and those who saw her strength always . The years I did have the pleasure of seeing her and knowing her she was always a spirited soul and I loved her energy . My friends Simon, Will and Shannon are all experiencing this loss and in time I hope you can all find comfort in her passing . My deepest condolences. – Mark Beaulieu

  • Dana Kruiper says:

    To Amanda’s family,
    Please accept my condolences on your tremendous loss.
    As a kindergarten teacher at Rutland Elementary, I had the pleasure of teaching both Autumn and Indigo in their first year of school. It was at this time that I met Amanda. My memories of her are of someone who was kind, friendly and always smiling.
    To Autumn and Indigo…. my heart goes out to you at this very difficult time. I’m thinking of you both.

  • Mirrell Desjardins says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. May the creator wrap you in his arms during this challenging time.

  • Heather Kerr says:

    Deepest condolences,

  • Eric Bazil says:

    Life long friend growing up and super strong personality lots of mutual friends… sad and all my love to a beautiful friendship and family I had the privilege to grow up with.

  • Samara Stratton (nee Southward) says:

    This tribute to Amanda’s fierce, passionate, and kind nature could not have been better written. I have known Amanda since our Grade six year when we both attended the reopening of Belgo Elementary together. We stayed friends through middle and high school in Rutland, and would go on to work together in the school district. However, my favourite memory of her is a coffee date we had in 2007, where she somehow convinced me to plan our 10 year reunion. I still don’t know how it happened, but she was always an expert at having others see things from a different point of view and I’m so thankful for this. The world was lucky to have her in it. My heart goes out to her friends and family.

  • Leah says:

    to ALL who had the experience of knowing this beautiful soul SO SORRY for this LOSS. She was a loving mother and FULL OF LIFE ♡ You are missed ♡

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