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EDGEWORTH, Charlene Barbara (nee Ferris)

Charlene Barbara Edgeworth (nee Ferris) was born April 2nd, 1939 to Charles Robert Ferris and Barbara Agnes Ferris (nee McIntosh) in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.  She was followed by her sister Elspeth Thressa on May 18th, 1949.

Charlene grew up on the family farm in Portage La Prairie where she pitched in with the family chores from milking cows to bringing lunch to the farmers in their fields.  In 1956 she graduated from Portage Collegiate Institute and then went off to Manitoba Teachers College in Winnipeg where she graduated with a teaching certificate in 1959.

In 1958 she met Kenneth Edgar Edgeworth and they married on July 10, 1965.  They initially moved to Winnipeg where she taught school.  In 1966, Charlene & Ken moved west to British Columbia, initially to Victoria, and then throughout B.C. until later settling in Kelowna.  She continued to teach until her first son Charles Kenneth came along on June 2nd, 1970 and shortly followed by her second son Neil Blair Ferris on July 28th, 1971.  The two young boys kept her busy.  As an active Mom, she took a keen interest in their activities, be it skating, hockey, skiing, soccer, snowboarding, cub scouts or cadets.   Charlene started her second career as a care aide in 1988, where she worked at Cottonwoods Care Facility.  This facility would later become the home of her mother Barbara and where Charlene’s final days would be spent.

In 1997 she lost her son Neil, to a tragic accident but continued to keep his name alive through a bursary at Kelowna Secondary School and supporting a snowboard competition at Big White.  As time passed others preceded her, including her father Charlie in 1998, her mother Barbara in 2008, and then later her husband Ken in 2008.  An area of strength was her faith and the Rutland United Church family, which was also the church of her parents.

As people left her life others came into it, including her long anticipated granddaughter Isabel Victoria.  The love and bond between them was mutually strong even over a distance.  Charlene overcame many challenges over her lifetime, but while determined, she lost her lengthy battle with cancer on February 4th, 2014.  With Elspeth , and Hazel at her side, along with the compassionate staff of Cottonwoods she slipped away to join her son, husband, mother & father.  Survived by her loving family, sister Elspeth Bird, son Charles, daughter-in-law Vania and granddaughter Isabel.  She will also be missed by her in-law’s Bert Edgeworth, Helen and Gary Klatt, Olive Proctor, Hazel and John Edgeworth Gunn, Vera and Glenis Edgeworth, many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to all the amazing staff on Unit E at Cottonwoods Care Facility for their special care and consideration given to Charlene and her family.  Memories last forever.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 15th at 1:00 pm at the Rutland United Church, 1370 Rutland Road North, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation – Cottonwoods Extended Care, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1T2.

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Saturday, February 15th at 1:00 pm

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The service for EDGEWORTH, Charlene Barbara (nee Ferris) is scheduled for Saturday, February 15th 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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Rutland United Church

1370 Rutland Road North Kelowna, BC


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  • Marlene Corbett says:

    Charlene was like a sister to me, not just a cousin. We grew up together.I have many memories, and it is hard to say goodbye, but I know she is in a better world now,& helping people. Maybe she’s watching over us. My expressions of sympathy go out to the family.

  • Tim McGuire says:

    My condolences to Charles and family on the loss of Charlene. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Lewis Megaw says:

    Condolences to Charles and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Patti Jennens-Ansell says:

    How very sad I was to hear of the passing of Charlene. Our paths crossed as I worked with her family doctor for many years. After retirement I would bump into Charlene occasionally and we would catch up on each others lives. Such a wonderful person. Thinking of your family.

  • Marg Craig says:

    Charlene will be missed. She was a real soldier in the best sense of the word. Always pleasant, friendly and in her work, a caring nurse, the best.

  • Rich& Donna Jupp says:

    Our condolences to cousin Elspeth Bird and Charles and his family. Charlene was a very special lady and dear cousin. She will be missed by all. We will miss her beautiful smile. She is at peace now.
    Rich and Donna Jupp and family and Mabel McConachie and family.

  • Don Melashenko says:

    I will miss Charlene’s smiling face at Rutland United. She was always a joy to meet. Sending loving thoughts and a fervent prayer for the “peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your heart and mind”in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

    With heartfelt sympathy

    Marilyn Melashenko

  • Mel says:

    Love You.

  • Kohls Klan says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy Elspeth,Charles,Vania & Isabel. Though not a family by blood always cherished being family by heart. May memories and time bring you peace. Love Byron, Deb, Jodi,Adam,Stephen,Trinity, Peyton,Tanis,Robin & Waylin.

  • Doug and Marion Fulton says:

    Our deepest sympathy and fond memories of Charlene of times past on the Portage Plains

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