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Bews, Marion

January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

It is with sadness that the family of Marion Edith (Lee) Bews – announce her passing on December 8th, 2011 at the age of 93. She is survived by her daughter Shannon Croft of Kelowna, her grandchildren Jeff of Vancouver, Karry of Langley and their father Keith Croft of Kelowna. She is further survived by her sisters Verna Routledge (Bill McGhee) and Laura Grieve, both of Kelowna, as well as 8 nieces and nephews and their families. Marion was predeceased by her husband Jack in 1982, her parents Charles and Marion Lee; her brother Reg Lee and her sister Sophie Foley. She is further predeceased by her brothers-in-law Harry Grieve, Dan Routledge, and Sid Foley as well as her sister-in-law Myrtle Lee. Marion was born in Kamloops in 1918 and lived in Nanaimo, Powell River, Myrtle Point and Vancouver before returning to Kamloops where she started her business career. Her first job was with the Kamloops Sentinel as a stenographer and court reporter. She moved on to CFJC radio for 3 years before being lured by “Big” Jim Browne to CKOV and the Okanagan Valley in 1943.

Marion was Secretary to the Browne Family of CKOV, “Big” Jim, Jim and Jamie, as well as Director and Secretary of Okanagan Broadcasters Ltd. She was one of B.C’s Pioneer Women in Radio, with her first program called Cy and I in the late 40’s. She met her husband Jack at CKOV (who later became the station’s News Director – “Jack Bews with the News”) and they both worked at the station until their retirement in the late 70s. Marion loved to play crib, bridge and always kept up with the news. She volunteered for the Red Cross, CNIB and was a life member of the Kelowna General Hospital Auxiliary. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and she will be missed by all who loved her. The family wishes to thank the Staff at Sutherland Hills, including Erfie, Liz, Angelina and Mahinda for their care over the years as well as the “Visiting Friends” Lynne, Pauline, Helen and Cathy whose visits brightened her days. The dogs Annie and Reggie were also favorite visitors. Memorial Service for Marion will be held Saturday, January 21st, 2012 at 1pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Southern Interior Cancer Centre or the KGH Foundation.




Saturday, January 21st at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for Bews, Marion is scheduled for Saturday, January 21st at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC


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