We Remember

HAWTHORNE, Phyllis Anne

November 27, 1934 — October 5, 2022

It’s with great sadness that we regret to announce the loss of our amazing mom, Phyllis Hawthorne. She passed away unexpectedly on October 5, 2022, in Kelowna, BC, at the age of 87.

Left to treasure her memory are her children Randy (Irene) Mayer, Rusty Vernerey, Sandy (Julie Morgan) Vernerey, Shelley Hanson, Wendy DeLorme, and Leigh-Anne Oswald, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Phyllis was predeceased by her first husband Joe Vernerey, and her second husband Tom Hawthorne.

Phyllis was born in Vancouver, BC and raised in Princeton, BC. She spent years in Northern BC before settling in Kamloops, BC, and then moving to Kelowna, BC in 1980. Phyllis called Kelowna home for over four decades, making a lasting impression on all those who met her.

Quick with a comeback and sharp as a tack, Phyllis kept her amazing sense of humour and meaningful conversational skills with her up to her unfortunate passing. She’d put you in your place with a twinkle in her eye. She was giving and cared for all those around her. She was always there to lend a hand or offer advice, those that knew her will miss her. Whether it was lifelong friends like Oril & Lou Ross, John & Brenda Dawson or many more both near and far, you all meant the world to her. She had a soft spot for her kids’ friends along the way that included the Day family and her “Good Son” Glen. She thought of them all as her own and had many a story to tell. Phyllis was married to Joe Vernerey until his untimely passing, and along with that came her extended family: Brian & Linda Vernerey, Ron Vernerey, and Beth & Dennis Kienzle, as well as their children and the many nieces and nephews that she considered her own.

Phyllis was lucky to share her life again with Dr. Tom Hawthorne, and we can’t thank his family enough for the great time they had together before his untimely passing. Later in life, Phyllis was able to connect with her niece, Kate Williams, and we’re thankful for the time they had together. Phyllis continues to be an inspiration to us all, and we’d give anything for one more day with her.

At her request, there will be no formal service, but given some time, we look forward to celebrating this amazing woman with all those that wish to attend.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Mom, we miss you, we love you…

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