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January 31, 1925 – June 10, 2021

Born January 31, 1925, in Blind River, Ontario Gwen Godfrey passed away peacefully with her family at her side on June 10, 2021, in Kelowna, British Columbia.

She is survived by her three children Danny (Irene), Robert (Dawn), Liz (Brenton) Drought; five grandchildren Shannon (Brent), Megan (Sean), Josh (Stephanie), Casey (Eric), and Ciaran (Sasha); five great-grandchildren Max, Mia, Brooks, Kai, and Sophia; and her brother Michael Sheehan.

Gwen was sadly predeceased by her husband of 57 years Frank in 2007. She was also predeceased by her three brothers and three sisters.

A Funeral Mass will be held MONDAY JUNE 14, 2021, at 11:00 AM PST at St. Edwards Catholic Church 11123 Okanagan Rd Ctr E, Lake Country, BC with Father Gerald Sekanga presiding. Gwen will be laid to rest following the service with her husband at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Good Samaritan Mountainview Village.

The family would like to give their thanks to those at Mountainview Village who showed such tender care and love for their mom.

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  • angela pomeroy says:

    To the family of Dear Gwen. My mom (Mary Minchuk) and Gwen lived as neighbours at Northwood and had a special friendship, as sisters in Christ. Gwen was a loving and thoughtful beautiful lady who never hesitated to lend a hand, offer a prayer or check in on my mom. I’m sure she has a special place in Heaven. God bless you and comfort you as a family.

    • Dan Godfrey says:

      Thanks so much Angela.. my sister and I were talking about you and Mary while were with mom this week..small world eh

  • Heather. Sheehan says:

    Dan, Bob, Liz and your families. Your Mom Gwen was really a major person in our family. Sister, sister in law ,(outlaw!) Aunt and family to us all. We love and miss her dearly. Heather. Sara and Dan, Kristy and Charlotte

  • Dennis and Susan Fiset says:

    Dear Dan, Irene, Bob, Dawn, Liz, Brent and families
    We want to offer our deepest sympathies in the passing of Aunt Gwen. She was absolutely the most wonderful person and Aunt we could of ever had and will truly miss her. We had so many great visits and laughs over the years and will always cherish them. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers

  • Michael and Linda Sheehan says:

    Dear Liz, Bob, Dan and Family,
    I sent this condolence on behalf of mom and dad to you privately but have realized that the message did not go through so I am sending this message again.
    We are praying that God is wrapping Gwen in His loving arms and for peace and grace for you and your families.
    Dad prays every day and every night. He prays for everyone in the family and will be saying some extra prayers for all of you. He is waiting to join Gwen in heaven for the big Sheehan reunion!
    Mike and Linda Sheehan

  • Kathy and Ed Furlong says:

    Hi Liz, Bob, Dan and Families,
    This is the message I had tried to send to you yesterday. Since it did not go through I am resending it today.
    Our deepest sympathy to you all from Ed and I, Sean, Scott and their families. Whenever I think of Gwen I always smile. I always remember her as “Gwenny Gummers”. I don’t know where that nickname came from but it has stayed with me:)
    I remember how Gwen could swim with her head held way above the water so her hair never got wet! I aspire to swim just like her. Gwen had the most infectious laugh! She lived life joyfully and prayerfully.
    We will miss her here on earth. I am comforted to know that she is now with Frank and their families in heaven.
    Kathy, Eddy, Sean, Shaena, Scott and Kaitlyn Furlong

  • Mike and Linda Sheehan says:

    Dear Liz, Bob, Dan and Families,
    We tried to send this yesterday but it did not go through so we are sending again today.. We are praying that God is wrapping Gwen in His loving arms and for peace and grace for you and your families. Mike prays every day and night for all the family. He is saying some extra prayers for all of you, and is waiting to join Gwen for the great Sheehan reunion in heaven!
    Mike and Linda Sheehan
    We are

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

  • Barb Butler says:

    I taught with Gwen who was much loved at St. Francis in Mississauga, last visited her in 2007 in Kelowna. She was the best!

  • Loyola Carey says:

    Your mom was a volunteer in my classroom in Ontario. She was a ray of sunshine in my life and became a wonderful confidant. My sympathies to you and your families.

  • Charlotte Leavitt says:

    Gwen was a much loved member of the St. Francis of Assisi scool community – loved by staff and students alike. I’ll never forget the day Gwen substituted in the behavior class. One of the students who was new to the school mouthed off to Gwen and another student said: “You can’t talk to her that way. That’s Mrs. Godfrey!” Definitely the best!

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