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April 22, 1943 — April 11, 2024

Shirley McKenzie, born in Lethbridge, AB, on April 22, 1943, passed away on April 11, 2024, in Kelowna surrounded by family, at the age of 80.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 46 years, Neil McKenzie; her children Gary (Mellody) Bergum, Wendy (Brent) Robinson, Valerie Caldwell, Darrell Bergum, and Kimberly Zimmerman (Kevin); 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers Dale (Linda) Lukens and Bob Presland; sisters Diane (Glenn) Kamlah, Maxine Patmore, and Gail Simpson. She was predeceased by her parents Jean and Ralph Lukens; mother-in-law Gertrude McKenzie; sisters Anna Blumhagen, Claire Bagan, and Sharon Kuefler; sisters-in-law Kay Elson and Margaret MacNeill; and brother-in-law Ward McKenzie.

Shirley’s passion for golf was evident to all who knew her. She was a formidable opponent on the green, boasting numerous holes-in-one and proudly displaying many championship trophies. It wasn’t until she was 70 that Darrell finally managed to best her, a testament to her skill and determination on the course.

Beyond her golfing prowess, Shirley found joy in the simple pleasures of life. Whether it was diving into a good book, engaging in a competitive game of Yahtzee or cribbage, or delicately crafting with needlework, she always found fulfillment in her hobbies.

A glass of wine in hand, Shirley was the life of the party wherever she went. Her outgoing nature and social butterfly spirit endeared her to all who crossed her path. A direct communicator, she never minced words and always spoke from the heart.

Above all, Shirley will be remembered for her generosity and boundless love for her family and friends. Her presence will be deeply missed, but her memory will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC SPCA.

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  • Bob & Kathy Martin (former neighbours) says:

    Kathy & I wish the McKenzie family our sincere condolences .

  • Diane Kamlah says:

    A great sister and friend and no, never did beat her at golf, she just liked taking my money. Miss you,
    love you your sister Di ❤️😍

    • Silvia and Terry Freer says:

      We are sorry to hear about your loss. I know how you feel when I lost my sister. Memories are very precious.

  • Shelly Kucway says:

    An Awesome Auntie who will be greatly missed. Wish we were there to give you all a big hug

  • Linda Lukens says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Shirley felt more like a big sister to me than a sister in law. We had some good times. Dale and I will miss her terribly. Love and hugs to you Neil and all you kids.
    Linda and Dale

  • Fran Fowler says:

    Will miss our weekly chats/visits. You were one of a kind, that’s for sure.

  • Dennis kuefler says:

    You have been an awesome aunt who I will miss. Your sense of humour, an all around great aunt.
    You will be missed

  • Lill Lesosky says:

    So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing! Our Deepest Condolences!

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