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DYSON, Catherine

Passed away after a long and fulfilling life on Friday, November 29, 2013 at the age of 93. Mrs. Dyson was born in London, England and educated in Wales. Catherine started her nursing career in London during the Blitz in WWII, where she met the dashing Canadian soldier, Spencer, who would become her husband. Catherine was a supervisor of Nurses at Kelowna General Hospital for over 25 years. She was widowed young and brought up 4 children on her own. She was also a devoted Girl Guide leader. After her retirement she volunteered in the community with Meals on Wheels and also at OUC as an ESL and literacy tutor for adults. She is survived by her daughters Ruth O’Doherty (Michael) of West Kelowna and Penny Hicks of Kelowna; sons Clive (Cristine) of Mexico and Meredith of Prince George, BC; grandchildren Meghan O’Doherty, Donovan Hides (Jeanie), Robin Hides, Lee Dyson (Melissa Burroughs), Christine Dyson Williams (Lynn), Tim Dyson and Paige Dyson (David Ward); great grandchildren Kaitlyn, Taylor, Spencer, Dailyn, Shayla, and twins on the way; nephew Robert E. Denman (Barbara) and other extended family members. Also fondly remembered by Spencer’s children from a previous marriage: Bob Dyson of Vernon, Donald Dyson (Ursula) of Chilliwack, Joan Ball of Kamloops and Reine Hitchen of Burnaby, and their families. Catherine is sadly predeceased by her husband Spencer in 1958, and her sister Greta Denman. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, December 6, at 2:00 pm at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall, 2710 East K.L.O Road, Kelowna, BC.  If family and friends should so desire, donations in Catherine’s memory may be made to Project Literacy Kelowna, 1635 Bertram Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2G5. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Friday, December 6, at 2:00 pm

St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall

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The service for DYSON, Catherine is scheduled for Friday, December 6, at 2:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall

2710 East K.L.O Road Kelowna, BC.


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  • Tom and Gloria Keogh says:

    We were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Keep her close with all the great memories she has left.

  • John Howarth says:

    Ms D, was a friend who didn’t even get upset with me when I piled into her Envoy Epic, driven by her son Meredith, with my 1956 Oldsmobile in about 1967. I paid for the damage of course but still she was very gracious about it. Many weekend nights I spent flopped out on the couch with Meredith and Clive sleeping in their bedrooms.

  • DD and Derral Brown says:

    For more years than I can remember we were lucky to call Catherine”Gran”, and with that privilege were invited into her life and home. Always sharing dinner, after dinner drinks sometimes before dinner drinks, knowing your presence mattered. My heart breaks for your family but my gratitude that you shared this lovely person called Gran will live on forever. Rest in peace Gran.

  • Shayla Catherine Dyson says:

    I was very sad to hear of my great-grandmother’s passing, who we always called Gran, and who I was named for, and who I remember always playing Cards and a frog jump game, and playing near her ponds, and I will never forget the fun times and jokes shared at Gran’s house in Kelowna, with the fantastic views and bird-watching. I love you, and miss you, Gran! Forever in our hearts. <3

  • Don & Janet Heathcote says:

    We are very sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. She was a dear, sweet lady. Thinking of you Penny, and your family.

  • Dorrie Ratzlaff says:

    Ruth, Penny, Clive and Meredith, my condolences to all you “Dyson Kids” on the passing of your exceptional mother, Catherine. I remember the first time I met Catherine, 63 years ago (!!!)…yes, it was when Penny and I first met when we were three years old, on a bus ride to downtown Kelowna with our mothers. Catherine’s integrity and devotion as a mother who was always so supportive of her children and all the “extended children” (all of us friends of her children), has often been a touchstone and model for me in my own struggle with parenting. Your mother will be greatly missed, a loss to all of us. Love from me, Dorrie (and Joe and Josh and Rob), to all of you.

    • Ruth O'Doherty says:

      Thank you Dorrie for sharing your memories. Sometimes it doesn’t seem that long ago that we were all East Kelownaites (Kelownians?)

  • Marlene Neale says:

    To your whole family. I am sorry to hear of your mom’ passing. We had such happy times.

  • Andrea TRimble says:

    While doing a search to find you Penny I came across your Mother obituary. I was sad for you it is so difficult to lose a parent, she was such a neat lady. Not certain if you will even receive this but I thought I would try anyway?

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