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CONWAY, Ellen Margaret

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ellen Conway (nee McKay) on November 8, 2013 at the age of 69.  She is survived by her loving husband Gerald, her daughters Wendy Serko (Larry), Shelley Yost (Warren), as well as her grandchildren Tasia and Landon Serko; Scott and Chase Yost.  Also by her siblings George (Michelle), Frances (Jim), Stella (Gordon), Roy (Jane), Irene (Frank) and many nieces and nephews.

Born in Vancouver on January 27th 1944, Ellen spent most of her younger years in North Vancouver where she met the love of her life, Ger. They married in 1961 and a few years later started a family.  Ellen and Ger moved to Kelowna with their daughters, Wendy and Shelley, in 1969. Ellen devoted herself to the care of her family and home and pursued many interests such as knitting, sewing, reading, gardening, and baking just to name a few.  Ellen was the kind of woman who left a positive impression on all those who met her. She was a good friend, loyal sister, excellent cook, avid volunteer, dedicated Mother, and a loving and caring spouse.

Ellen courageously lived with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for the last 6 1/2 years, facing every challenge along the way with strength and grace.  She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family wishes to thank the ALS Society of BC for all the equipment supplied and moral support; The Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP); Dr. Auret Van Heerden and Dr. Graham McCauley; Deanna Hammer, Palliative Care nurse, for her care and support to Ellen and the family; the dedicated Interior Health home support staff who made it possible for Ellen to stay at home; and Members of Kelowna West UTC for their kindness and support.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ellen’s memory to the  ALS Society of B.C.  1233-13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond B.C. V6V-2X7.  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.”

Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

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The service for CONWAY, Ellen Margaret is scheduled for Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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  • Lynn Mori says:

    So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I know it has been a long hard journey for all of you, but you should be very proud of how you helped her pass with dignity & in her own home. May she be at peace & pain free now. Much love & friendship, Lynn Mori xoxo

  • Lynne Deacon says:

    Gerry, Shelly, Wendy and family
    I was so sorry to read that Ellen had passed away after a courageous battle with ALS. She was a warm and caring lady who will be remember.
    Lynne Deacon

  • Alan Cobden says:

    I’m very sorry Gerry, to hear of Ellen’s death. Plesde sccept my sincerecondolences – Alan Cobden

  • Cindy Davies says:

    Gerald, Wendy, Shelley,
    Thank you for making it possible to celebrate Ellen’s life with you. I am warmed with memories of the times I visited, the warm welcome, great baking, easy conversation and her light hearted caring spirit. Your eulogies and photos were a wonderful sharing of the joy Ellen brought to the lives of family and friends.
    My deepest sympathies for your loss,

  • Helmut + Susan Herwig says:

    We were very sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing…our thoughts are with you. – Helmut + Sue

  • Kathryn Grant (CHW -Muskoka Ont) says:

    Gerry and family,
    It was with great pleasure that I was blessed to spend time with Ellen on respites and help with her care. I remember one respite Ellen told me all about her travels, even to the Muskokas where I moved from. She expressed that day how grateful she was for her memories of family get togethers. She will be greatly missed and I will remember her kind mannerism.

  • Laura says:

    Gerald, so sorry to hear of your loss, I really enjoyed getting to know Ellen, she truly was an amazing person. I always looked forward to the days I got to come and see her, we shared many stories together, and had a lot of laughs. Ellen will be truly be missed. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Laura (chw interior health)

  • Mike and Ellen Lewis says:

    we are very sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing but hope you have strong and wonderful memories of your life together that will help you through her loss. We remember our talks and workshops through MPRA where we got re-acquainted. It was good to reconnect and we will remember the enjoyable meetings with both of you.

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