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KAKUNO, Shirley

Shirley was born May 4, 1948, in Victoria, BC, later growing up in Creston and Greenwood, before settling to raise her family of five kids in Midway, BC.  With a penchant for beautiful handicrafts, she opened a gift store, Kettle River Expressions, first in Midway and later relocating to Greenwood, and in 2000, she moved to Kamloops to expand her gift store, renamed Brambleberry Cottage, to include coffee, ice cream, and light lunches, which she ran for ten years before making the decision to move to Kelowna to be closer to her kids.

Shirley was known to her acquaintances as a shy and soft-natured woman with an enviable talent for any textile art or craft she put her mind to, and her Old English Smocking became recognizable throughout the Boundary Valley and across the province.  To those fortunate enough to know her well, she was a fun-loving and determined powerhouse of a woman, with little room for shortcuts, who was always up for great music to cut a rug to, or a gathering with friends over coffee, or giggling to all hours of the night, reminiscing about the good times while sipping on her Pepsi.

Shirley leaves behind her five children, Donna Rabbit (Paul), Darren Kakuno (Heather), Justin Kakuno (Alicia), Miriah Kakuno (Eric), and Lindsey Kakuno (Sai); ten grandchildren, Jasmine (Tim) and Skyler (Roberto), Kara and Colin, Jamon and Lennox, Emery and Gabriella, Ari and Stevie; two great-grandchildren, Avery and Mackinnon; a sister, Grace Rees, and brother Bill Hansen.  She is predeceased by her parents, William and Dorothy Hansen; and her younger brother, Larry Hansen.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Obedkoff for his deeply compassionate care and most especially, the Village at Mill Creek, who have always gone above and beyond in the near ten years Mom was so fortunate to have their care.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 1:00 pm, at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baptist Housing Senior’s Living – Mill Creek Village.

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Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

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The service for KAKUNO, Shirley is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, 2023, 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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Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC


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  • Dave & Rona McNeil says:

    So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing condolences & hugs to all families May she RIP 🙏 🙏🙏🙏

  • Sandra G. says:

    Dear Donna and Family, sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. Many good, special memories of Shirley during my time with her as her Cargiver, she had a beautiful, gentle nature, a beautiful, bright smile and a pleasure to be around, will always remember her… RIP Dear Shirley. To her wonderful family who Loved Shirley, I send my sincerest condolences for their loss….Remembrance is the sweetest flower in the Garden of Life….Sandra G.

  • Cindy and Jim Liebel(Sherbinin) says:

    I am so sorry to read of the loss of Shirley. She was an amazing woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Derek Ito says:

    Sorry to hear about Auntie Shirley’s passing. I remember as a child she was always fun and crafty. Condolences to the whole family

  • Jean Klinosky says:

    Condolences to this family she was a great friend and enjoyed the visits when she was here in Greenwood is so sad when another leaves this earth

  • Ann Taylor says:

    Sorry to hear about Shirley’s passing she was a great friend and a good neighbor in Midway she loved her crafts and excellent at it she will always hold a special place in my heart.

  • Linda Oishi and Jim Hildebrandt says:

    To all of Shirley’s family, we are truly sorry to hear of her passing. She was such a gentle soul and our whole family has very fond memories of her. Our heartfelt condolences to all.

  • Kelly Hansen says:

    We out here in Alberta are so sorry to hear of the passing of Shirley. We had some great visits with her and her family over the years and have some wonderful memories of time spent. I know she will be missed.

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