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BUTLER, Lois Carrie (nee Brandon)

Born on November 28, 1917 in Cannington, Ontario and passed away on May 22, 2014 in Kelowna, BC at the age of 96 years.  She is survived by her daughter Marcia (Eric) of Blaine, Washington; two sons: Bill of Aurora, ON, Kip of Kelowna, BC and six grandchildren.  Predeceased by her husband Dr. Mel Butler in 1979. 


Lois was a devoted wife and mother, homemaker, mathematician, physicist, school teacher, college instructor, tutor and musician.  She grew up in Cannington and Galt, Ontario, attending Galt Collegiate Institute, winning scholarships to the University of Toronto, where she graduated with a degree in Honours Mathematics and Physics in 1940.  She was one of only two women in her class of 48 math and physics students.  After graduating, she worked as an investment analyst and later operated a radon plant for cancer therapy and monitored radiation exposure for the Ontario Department of Health, Division of Cancer Control.  In 1945, Lois and Mel were married in Banff, Alberta and moved to Kelowna in 1946.  They loved Kelowna and Okanagan Lake and were both very active in the local community over the years.


After starting her family, Lois taught for many years at Immaculata High School and Okanagan University College.  She later managed the Canadian School of Ballet of Kelowna.  At the same time, she was very active in the BC Association of Physics Teachers, a Provincial Director and founding member of the Kelowna, University Women’s Club, President of the Kelowna Figure Skating Club and Lion’s Club Auxiliary and served as a director and member of many local organizations, including the Central Okanagan Women’s Liberal Commission, Project Literacy Society-Kelowna, the Catholic Women’s League, the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Mayor’s Committee for Theatre and Performing Arts.


Lois loved homemaking, reading, music, playing bridge, gardening and excelled at all her chosen pursuits.  She was very fond and proud of her many students and her home on the lake.  She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.


The Butler family wishes to thank all the generous caregivers who have assisted Lois in recent years, including the Tender Care Cottage, the Kelowna General Hospital, Dr. Jan McIntosh and the Kelowna Hospice Society and staff. 


Prayers will be offered on Thursday, May 29th at 7:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 30th at 10:30 am at St. Charles Garnier Parish, 3645 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna, BC, with interment to follow in the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association – Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2Z6.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Prayer Service
Thursday, May 29th at 7:00 pm

Friday, May 30th at 10:30 am

St. Charles Garnier Parish

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The prayer service for BUTLER, Lois Carrie (nee Brandon) is scheduled for Thursday, May 29th at 7:00 pm at located at 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.

The service for BUTLER, Lois Carrie (nee Brandon) is scheduled for Friday, May 30th at 10:30 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. Charles Garnier Parish

3645 Benvoulin Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Lynn and Scott Round says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your Mom, Marcia, was a obviously a very amazing lady and gave back so much. “A life well lived”
    Thinking of you .
    Scott and Lynn

  • Barbara and Gary Dickinson says:

    Dear Kip; We were so sorry to hear about your Mom and send you warm thoughts and sympathy….From your walking partners at KCES…..Barb and Gary Dickinson

  • Penny and George Pedersen says:

    Our warmest thoughts to all members of the family and especially to Marcia and Eric. Marcia, your mother was a truly remarkable woman who was way ahead of her time. She loved a long and very productive life, giving you a lot of wonderful memories

  • Murli & Sudha Pendharkar says:

    Dear Kip; We were so sorry to hear about your Mom and send you warm thoughts and sympathy.Sudha & I considered Lois our friend and strong supporter in our political activities.
    God awards a limited number of days on earth – Lois used them for betterment of humankind. We salute her. Murli & Sudha Pendharkar

  • Jan Schredl says:

    So sorry to miss her funeral, but Wally and I send our sympathy in the loss of the accomplished and vital matriarch of your family. May she rejoice now in the rewards for her many labours!

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