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MONTAIN, Debra Elizabeth

On May 6, 2014 our Mom Debra Elizabeth Montain (Elliott) died.  She expired.  Passed on.  Sailed away.  Burned through the last of her nine lives and carried on to the other side, where she is still celebrating in grand style.

She is survived by her amazing husband, John of almost five years and his three daughters: Karen, Tracey and Lorri (Mike).  She always said she was lucky to meet such a wonderful man who treats her so well.  We can attest to this due to the large number of shows Mom instructed John to record on the PVR.  You know it’s love when your husband records a show on Slice, instead of Formula 1 Racing.

Mom has two daughters – Shanna (Patrick), the one who has produced grandchildren and Whitney (Brian), the one who just got married.  Neither can load a dishwasher properly despite repeated attempts and continued lessons.  You probably know of us as Mom frequently pulled out the “purse photo album” and showed random people her family.

Mom lovingly referred to her two grandchildren, Michael and Raphael as “her boys.”  She loved them deeply, but that love was put aside when she played Nintendo Wii bowling.  It was her mission on visits to attain her “pro ball”, which she frequently reminded everyone of once she earned it.

Mom had the love of all of her siblings – some related by blood and some not.  Mom and her entourage could keep a party going and were often the last ones to leave.  Tommy (deceased), Jack, Tami (Jay), Tom (Karen), Michelle (complicated), Diane (Chuck), Linda (Jim) and Lynette.

In lieu of flowers, Mom would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some struggling soul in her name.  Love, Light and Joy from here to beyond.  The party for Deb will be held on Monday, May 12th at 3:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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In lieu of flowers, Mom would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some struggling soul in her name.


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Service Details

The service for MONTAIN, Debra Elizabeth is scheduled for Monday, May 12, 2014 at 3:00 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


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  • Marjorie Kain says:

    To The Family of Ms. Debbie

    What a wonderful Lady we will miss in our world. She was kind, loving, compassionate toward others, a true GEM in very sense of the word.

    See you in the morning, Debbie


  • Kathleen Faalele says:

    John & Family; I am one of Deb’s TOPS friends. Deb was a sweet, funny and caring lady and I will greatly miss her. Even when we were in KGH at the same time she was an encouragement to me. Keeping you all in our prayers.

  • ken and maureen shack says:

    To Debra’s entire family.
    Our deepest sympathy is with all of you at this most difficult time.
    Warmest Wishes
    Ken and Maureen Shack

  • Shelley Lyon (Gilbeau) says:

    So very sorry to see this.I spoke to Debra not too very long ago. Great memories of being brownie leaders with her and Diane when our girls were young. Always smiling, laughing and so very friendly. My sincere sympathies to the girls and family. Shelley Lyon – name Gilbeau in those past years

  • Lynnette James says:

    John, Shanna and Whitney So sorry. Deb was a wonderful friend and I will miss her very

  • Laurel Klus (nee Trembley) says:

    I was so very shocked and saddened to hear of Debbie’s passing. Although I hadn’t seen here in many years, she kept me updated in our Christmas mailings. I am so very sorry to hear that this wonderful,vibrant and compassionate woman is gone. Many condolences to her husband and daughters and their families. What a huge loss.

  • Don & Betty Hill says:

    Our sincerest sympathies to you and yours at this difficult time. We didn’t know Debbie very well, only through Jim and Linda really, but she will be sadly missed here in ‘Sun Village’. Condolences to you all. Betty & Don Hll

  • Ardeth & Rick Galitzine says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences. We will miss Deb. She was a very warm, friendly and caring person and everyone liked her. Rick met Deb years ago when Whitney was in Reserves. I met Deb in 1991 at Total Office and liked her instantly. We will miss her.

  • Claudette Mazzei says:

    John, Shannon and Whitney, my condolences to each of you. I worked with Deb for many years, and we shared many stories together. Deb was so caring, witty and warm and such a joy to be around. You could count on Deb to put a smile on your face. I miss her already. Sleep tight my friend, Claudette Mazzei

  • Ritchie Palm says:

    My condolences to Debbie’s family members, I remember Debby by her smile, always smiling, I found her always so easy to talk to, she will be missed by everyone whose hearts were touched…..Ritchie

  • Laurianne and Jeff Sweet says:

    So sorry to hear of Debs passing. We were so happy that she found a new love and enjoyed her visit out here in Saskatchewan to show him off to us.

    She was our Maid of Honor at our wedding 42 years ago and we loved to get together whenever we visited Kelowna. She was always smiling and bubbly, we’ll miss her.

    Our condolences to the family.

    Laurianne and Jeff Sweet

  • Debbie Francis says:

    My deepest condolences go out to Deb’s family. I was so saddened to hear of her passing. I first met her around 1991. She will be missed.

  • Joan Raisanen says:

    To Deb Family, Words can not express how sorry Iam to hear about Deb;s passing. We were good friends in Tops for many years. we always had good times. Many laughs and many tears. I once got a beloved kitten from her. My Simmy.which made me always think of Deb

  • Gary & Gloria Bray says:

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts & prayers at this sad & difficult time.

  • Sandra Daw says:

    Myself and everyone at MNP who had the privilege of working with this amazing woman will miss her greatly.

    Debbie was a shining star at the office and shared tales of her life with John and family. She would give us weekly updates as to who’s doing what where ..like her own soap opera….the “Days’ of Deb’s life.

    She retired Oct 31 2011 after 13 glorious years.
    What a great day it was. Debbie was worried about being in the spotlight on her retirement day and didn’t want a fuss over her so I convinced her to say farewell to our team on Halloween. Our office loves Halloween and so did Debbie. She won 1st place in our contest and was the best Cruella de Vil costume I have ever seen. What a great retirement party. I (we) will truly miss her (muah)

  • Melissa Johnson says:

    Dear extended soccer family,

    There was a time in my life, PS (post soccer), when I got to know your mom as a friend. Awesome person. The world needs more of her energy…and she will be spreading that love with the wishes you are sending.

    Love Melissa

  • Shane Gable says:

    My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to all of you. I remember all the summers we all spent together and the good times which we all had.Even though I have not been around in quite some time there has been many a moment I have thought about my Aunt Debbie and my 2 cousins that I used to spend many a summer vacation visiting. My Mom and I had just recently talked about her and she had said she wished try and get in contact. I guess our time to reconnect with her has now passed but I hope she knows she will truely be missed by all of us.

    Sincely The Gable Family

  • Shanna says:

    Hello all,
    On behalf of the FAM, I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation for your awesome comments and great pictures. Mom loves them! (As do we).
    PS: we know you very well as well–mom kept us quite updated 🙂

  • Kathy Hackmyer says:

    My apologies for intruding, as I actually did not know your Mom – Debra. But I was so taken by the tribute you wrote for her obituary – it makes me think I would have adored her, as she made you such amazing people. Sounds like the kind of lady I would have been happy to have as a BFF. I’m very sorry for your loss. God bless you, and I hope your wonderful memories of her will bring you much comfort & peace in the days to come. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into what a phenomenal woman Debra was. Prayers & wishes for strength heading your way.

    • Shanna Gravel says:

      No intrusion at all! In fact, we sincerely thank you for your thoughtful and kind comments. Had your paths crossed given different circumstances, I am quite confident mom would have had the enormous pleasure of making a new friend. I reviewed these comments quite frequently (well at least up to Monday when the memorial service took place). This is the first chance I have had to look at them since Sunday. I am not sure if you came to her memorial service, but had I seen your comments earlier, I would have hoped you could have come. We worked hard at making it a party for her. The past year had seen her grow progressively more ill, but not like the ‘hey, you’re going to die soon ill’ more like the ‘something is definitely wrong–the doctors better figure it out ill’. She only learned she had cancer 3 weeks ago (along with the rest of us). Mom was young at heart (as in you could never have too many party decorations from the dollar store–or candy for that matter). On behalf of the gang, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write. Comments like yours actually bring a sense of joy for us and help the healing process. I live in Victoria (drove back yesterday), but will be heading back to Kelowna within the next 4 weeks. Best wishes for you and your family–someone who takes the time to write such a heartfelt comment speaks volumes to the type of person you are. Love, Light and Joy–

      • Kathy Hackmyer says:

        Shanna, thank you for the lovely note back. My heart breaks even more learning of the situation surrounding your Mom’s passing. Big hugs to you, your sister & all Debra’s family.

        I wasn’t able to attend your Mom’s celebration of life as I actually live in Raleigh, NC!

        I was born in Penticton, grew up in Cawston, went to college in Kelowna. My parents are living in Penticton, and a most of my family & friends are in the Okanagan/Similkameen – hence the reason I read the Penticton Herald online.

        Again, sending loving thoughts; best wishes for strength, comfort & peace; and gratitude for allowing me a greater glimpse into your Mom’s life. She will stay in my heart forever now.

  • Jude McGougan says:

    Dearest Deb: you wonderful, wise, wacky friend! You brought joy everywhere you went. We spend hundreds of hours together talking, growing, sharing, crying, and laughing until the tears ran down our faces and necks. The last conversation we had a couple of weeks before your passing was as though we had never been apart all those years. We talked and talked and I asked you if you wanted to go and rest. You were so ill. You said no, no! We kept visiting. You wanted to eat KFC one last time…I wish I could have made that possible. I love you and thank you for all that you were. Hugs, special lady.

  • Pebbles Walker(Gable) says:

    Just found out today of Debs passing.Deb and myself were cousins.I would like all her family and friends to know how sorry I am,she will always hold a smile in my heart!(what a wonderful obit) Pebbles

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