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BURBINE, Heather Frances

January 1, 1964 — May 17, 2023

Heather passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends on May 17, 2023, in Kelowna, BC. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Emmerson; son Ben Burbine; daughter Kim (Kevin) Achter and their two children McKenna and Addalyn; her mother Maureen Armes; and brother Dave (Cathy) Armes. She was sadly predeceased by her father Peter Armes, in 2011.

Heather moved to Kelowna after meeting her husband, Emmerson in 1988, while visiting her family on a trip from Grandforks. Soon after, she started working at the London Drugs Photo Lab where she stayed for 35 years building countless relationships with returning customers. Her hard work and dedication awarded her to become the Photolab manager and she received many accolades over the years. On the side, Heather enjoyed photography, with her children and grandchildren being her largest subjects as you will see displayed around the London Drugs photo department. She also found joy in camping, road trips, reading, shopping, quilting, spending time with family and friends, she especially loved to be involved in her grand-daughters lives, and all of their extra curricular activities.

Heather was always looking forward to friend or family dinners, especially if they included roast beef with Yorkshire puddings or seafood. She adored everything Disney; Disney Land or Disney stores. Her extensive Disney collection included Disney trinkets, Disney stuffies, Disney bags, Disney sweaters, and Disney themed rooms.  She took great passion in her flower and vegetable gardens, this is where her management skills came in handy with her husband. Friends and family would describe her as selfless, hard-working, loving, persistent, endearing, affectionate, and passionate.

Heather will be missed by the many lives that she touched.

There will be a gathering in the near future. The date, time, and location will be announced. Contact the family for more information.

Memorial donations, if desired, may be made in Heather’s memory to the BC Cancer – Kelowna (Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre).

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BC Cancer – Kelowna (Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre) Link: www.bccancer.bc.ca/our-services/centres-clinics/bc-cancer-kelowna




  • Ian Flower says:

    Words cannot express our sadness and sympathy feeling in this moment, it truly makes our heart hurt that such a wonderful person was taken so early. Emmerson, Kim, Kevin and family please know we are thinking of you and sending strength during these tough times. All our live, the Flower family.

  • Mariann Hinz says:

    Heather you will be missed by many, but never forgotten, Thinking of you brings a smile along with your infectious laughter 💕❤️
    Another star in the sky
    Rest in peace my friend

  • Peggy says:

    Heather was a mentor of mine, and many others, in the London Drugs photo family. I had great respect for her knowledge and leadership. I have good memories of sharing laughs with her at many of the Whistler conferences. So sorry for your loss. Peggy

  • Laurie O’Callaghan says:

    I’m sorry I never met Heather but I know her daughter and they say Mother like daughter And if that is true She was a beautiful soul who had a beautiful smile and loved life , family and friends Kim don’t feel sad Be honoured she was your Mama She was honoured to have you as a daughter 🥰

  • Melinda Spencer says:

    My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Emmerson, Ben and Kim in this time of sorrow. Heather was always full of life a very caring person and friend. It was a pleasure working with her at London Drugs you will be missed.

  • Gloria Keogh says:

    Maureen and family,! Condolences May your memories help you through this trying and sad time. Gloria and Tom Keogh (Grand Forks)

  • Elisabeth Grant Hoole says:

    Had lost touch over the years, but have great memories of Grand Forks and the Armes household.

  • Pat says:

    It was a shock to see that Heather has passed away. My condolences and love to all the family.

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