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FAULKNER, Ferne Wanda

Ferne passed away after a brief battle with a very rare disease on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the age of 62.

She is survived by her loving husband Ken; her sisters Loraine (Victor) Starosta and Judy Stewart, and her brothers Leslie Balaberde and David Balaberde; her nieces and nephews: Carol (Orville) Snider, Sheri (Chris) Starosta, Jason, Steven, and Shauna; her grandnieces and grandnephews: Branden, Logan, Harley and Lexus; as well as, her mother-in-law Ethel Faulkner; her sisters-in-law Pam (Barry) Meaver and Alison Faulkner, and her brother-in-law Robert (Laura) Faulkner; her nieces- & nephews-in-law: Lauren (Dan) Bradley, Marshall Faulkner, Ryan (Marcie) Meaver, Shane (Brittany) Meaver, and Michael (Melissa) Meaver; and her grandnieces- & grandnephews-in-law: Sloan, Miles, Cruz, Lucas, and Mason.

Ferne was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Thelma Balaberde and her stepmother Liz Balaberde.

She left an indelible impression on anyone who met her with her sense of humour and her smile that would light up a room. She was brave to the end.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kelowna Hospital Foundation, www.kghfoundation.com, or the SPCA, spca.bc.ca. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or share a memory please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.


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Kelowna Hospital Foundation or the SPCA Link: www.kghfoundation.com, spca.bc.ca




  • Pam says:

    Forever loved and missed my sister, my friend, my partner in crime, my heart breaks for you my brother

  • Melissa meaver says:

    Nothing will be able to fill the hole that auntie Ferne’s passing has left; her energy and attitude couldn’t help but put a smile on anyone’s face. I’ll miss our inside jokes, hugs, and family vacations will not be the same. I know that she felt loved and cherished and that will not change, even though she cannot be here with us in person. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel, and even though I am jealous and sad and angry, I know she is watching over us all. I love you auntie Ferne.

  • Debbie Rawlake johnson says:

    My sincerest condolences. Although I have not seen Ferne for quite a while I have a lot of fond memories of her in high school My prayers are with all of her family

  • Sheila Riddell says:

    It is heartbreaking to hear of the loss of Ferne. Sincere condolences to all of her family, God love her.

  • Alison says:

    Dearest Ferne. You weren’t only my Sister-In-Law, you were my sister and friend. I’m so grateful for the laughs, memories and bond we had for over 30 years. I wish we had more time but so very grateful for the time we did have. You always did and will continue to hold a special place in my heart forever. I will miss you. RIP “my sweet”. Love, Alison

  • Carol Snider and Family says:

    Auntie Ferne was a kind thoughtful soul and she was loved by many. She was not only my Aunt she was my best friend. Her voice was very distinct and I hear her telling me that everything is going to be okay and she is a Angel looking down on us. You where taken away from us way to early and fast. I Love You Auntie Ferne. Until we meet again xoxoxo Carol
    My condolences to you Uncle Ken. Take Care! Love you always xoxoxo

  • Norman Ozoroff says:

    Sincere condolences Ken, Judy and families.. Norman & Kate Ozoroff

  • Sheri Starosta says:

    sending my love to Uncle Ken, Aunty Ferne you are missed dearly, I know your still with us watching and singing with the Angel’s, RIP Aunty Ferne ❤❤ Thankyou for everything you’ve ever done for me and my children, Our summer vacations and road trip to BC will never be the same… I wish I could of hugged you one last time… 😥 till we meet again❤

  • Luanne Chore says:

    Ken and family my heatfelt condolences . I worked with Fern at HSBC for many years . We were a family , with lots of fun times at work and outside of work Fern you were a joy always smiling and laughing , Rest in Peace my friend, you will not be forgotten .

  • Brittany Meaver says:

    Oh my sweet Auntie Ferne. The world has been robbed of your infectious laugh, your radiating smile and your ability to make any situation fun! I am going to miss you so, so much. I am so thankful for our Vegas vacations, and the Kelowna trips – the memories we made will forever be cherished in my heart – even if some of those memories are harder to recall (ha). I love you so much. Thank you for always making me laugh, for all your love and for loving my littles so much. My heart aches knowing I won’t get to hug you again, but I know you will watch out for all of us. I am thankful for you angel. Love you Auntie Ferne xo

  • Vernon & Jeannette Jamieson says:

    My sincerest condolences.

  • Kent and Christine Winterfield says:

    We are very sad to hear of the sudden passing of your lovely wife, Ferne and offer our condolences in your time of grief. May she live eternally in the memories of all who loved her so that they may share those moments with others and perpetuate her memory. We remember the many great times we had together, all the laughs and crazy times. This will be so difficult for you as Ferne was taken away from you too soon and unexpectedly.
    Kent and Chriss

  • Margaret McLellan nee Mercer says:

    Ken and family
    So sorry to hear of Ferne’s passing. We had so much fun working together in Edmonton and Kelowna. She would light up a room with her bubbly smile and laugh. She was a very generous person always there for everyone. Remember fondly many evenings and Saturday afternoons up at your house. Ken she loved you so much she will be with you always.
    Take care

  • Karen Sanders says:

    Ken my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
    Ferne was such a amazing woman with a smile, a joke or a helpful hand to anyone that need it. My Sincere condolences🌸 Rest In Peace Ferne 🌸

  • Loraine & Victor Starosta says:

    My heart is filled with sadness at the loss of my sister and your wife. We have many fond memories of our times together and we will always remember these in our hearts. Our prayers and thoughts go to you and your family. May she rest in peace.
    Love Loraine, Victor & Family

  • Brian Jamieson says:

    To my cousin, Ken and his family, deepest condolences from myself and Stephanie. We had only recently reconnected with you since our moving to Vernon and you being in Kelowna so we just did not have the time to get to know Ferne before hearing the very sad news of her passing. Take care of yourself, stay in touch and we look forward to being able to get together with you, once again, once it is safe to do so.
    Brian & Stephanie

  • Alison Faulkner says:

    My favorite picture of you I took. Everytime I thought of you I had this pic in my mind. It captured your total joy of living in the moment and your contagious smile and laugh.

  • George and Angelika dumanski says:

    Ken something told me to look at the obituaries don’t know why but seeing ferns was a real shock to us. We both hope you are somehow managing your loss of fern at such a young age. If you want please call sometime when your ready 604-841-2315

  • Shannon Born (Nee, Wall) says:

    I just saw Ferne’s obituary and I wanted to reach out (however late) and express my deepest sympathies. Ken, I know that it’s been many years since we’ve been in touch but I will always remember Ferne’s lovely disposition. My heart is with you.


  • Ken McMillin says:

    As friends I hung around with Fern and her friends from time to time back in the 70’s, she was such a fun loving girl and know she would have passed her fun loving attitude on to her family and friends of today, please accept my condolences, she will be greatly missed.

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