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On January 24, 2024, Marlene Hardychuk passed away peacefully at the grand age of 90, at Cottonwoods Care Centre.

Originally from England, Marlene embarked on a European adventure with her best friend in her late teens, they travelled together for years. Then, at the age of 20, they set sail for Canada and landed in Kitimat, BC, where Marlene crossed paths with Walter Hardychuk. Marlene and Walter married, and the two of them ventured down to California. There, they enjoyed running an auto repair shop in Palm Springs. It specialized in repairing classic cars. Marlene took to the California life right away; she was especially fond of beaches and sunshine.

Later, when the couple decided to move back to Canada, it is no surprise that they chose Peachland, BC, for its agreeable weather that was (almost) as nice as California’s. Marlene embraced family life, raising her two children, Taryn and Gerald, on an acreage with fruit trees.  She loved spending time in the boat on the lake. In 1980, the family moved to Kelowna, BC, and Marlene began her thriving career in real estate. Her natural love for the Okanagan lifestyle and her love for people contributed to her great success.

In her later years, Marlene loved being a grandmother to Bryce and Alyse, as well as dedicating herself to spending many hours a day with Gerald at his home in Cottonwoods Care Centre. Marlene herself moved into Cottonwoods Care Centre in 2019, and the staff who provided exceptional care and showed Marlene so much love became family to her and her son.

Marlene was predeceased by Walter and her brother, Gerry. She leaves behind her children, Taryn (Todd) Millway and Gerald Hardychuck, as well as her grandchildren, Bryce Millway and Alyse Millway. She will also be fondly remembered and loved by her family over in England.

A Celebration of Life will be held in late spring in the gardens of Cottonwoods Care Centre. Information to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider clicking on the following link to donate to the recreational therapy program at Cottonwoods where her son Gerald will still reap the benefits of this amazing program:  kghfoundation.crowdchange.co/19414/page/579975

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The recreational therapy program at Cottonwoods (where her son Gerald will still reap the benefits of this amazing program) Link: kghfoundation.crowdchange.co/19414/page/579975




  • Don and Alison Martin says:

    To the Marlene’s family. Your mom will be dearly missed. For the past 3 years she has shared a room at Cottonwoods with our mom, Florence. She became a great friend to her. She had such a cute sense of humour. In spite of her limitations she portrayed resilience and humour in every situation. She sparkled! We will miss her!

  • mandy neugebaur says:

    Sending our deepest condolences.
    Lot’s of love, The Neugebaur family

  • Donna Rubadeau says:

    Marlene and I were both Bankhead/KSS parents, and there was no question that her family was her pride and joy. Taryn and Gerald, you were the stars in her eyes, and she would do anything and everything to ensure your educational experiences were the best, The obituary photo of her exemplifies perfectly the style and class with which Marlene lived her life. I’m grateful that our paths crossed so many years ago. My condolences to all the family for your loss.

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