1931 — 2020
With heavy hearts the family of Hortence Lopes “mommy-avo” announce her passing on February 20, 2020 at the age of 88 years.
She was born March 17, 1931 in the Algarve region of Portugal, a daughter of the late Virgilio and Palmira Da Ponte. She is the second oldest of 7 children. She leaves behind her loving family: granddaughter Christina Wells; grandson Andrew (Kim) Wells and their children Olivia, Brianna, and Aiden; as well a large extended family in Portugal, Brazil, and France. Sadly, she was predeceased by her daughter Milita (d. 2011) and her husband Antonio (d. 2008).
Hortence grew up on a farm in Portugal and moved to Canada June 16, 1957, she was a long-time resident of Maple Ridge BC and worked at Berryland Cannery before becoming a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and spending time outdoors, especially in the garden. She loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a great mentor and always teaching and telling stories. She led by example. There was never a job too large or too small that she would not tackle.
She will be missed deeply by family and numerous friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.
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