MULVIHILL, Colleen Linda (née Stewart)
March 26, 1952 — April 5, 2021
On Monday, April 5, 2021, surrounded by her loving family, Colleen Linda Mulvihill (née Stewart) peacefully completed her journey with pancreatic cancer. Colleen faced her journey with courage and grace, inspiring all of us.
Colleen is survived by her husband Paul; her daughters, Shannon (Alex Lyons), Kelsey and Rebecca; and her granddaughters, Jocelyn and Carys Lyons. She is also survived by her sisters: Sandra (Mike) Bjarnason, Kate Stewart, Jennifer Stewart & Julie (Dave) Crawford; her aunts and uncles: Rosemary Stewart, Don and Shirley Ross & Ken and Barbie Ross; Paul’s siblings and their spouses (the outlaws); and her many cousins, nephews, nieces & dear friends.
Colleen Linda was born at Kelowna General Hospital on March 26, 1952, to W.W. “Bill” and Jean Stewart, the first of six siblings. Colleen grew up in Kelowna, BC until her family moved to Green Bay, BC in her early teens. She graduated from George Pringle High School, and in 1969 she left Kelowna for Vancouver, BC, to attend the University of British Columbia, where in 1970, she met Paul.
In 1972, Paul and Colleen were married and in 1975, they returned to Kelowna where they raised their three daughters.
Colleen lived for visits, gatherings and parties with her large extended family and her friends. She was happiest when she was socializing – sharing stories, playing cards, going to the beach or annihilating the other team in charades. Colleen had a laugh that filled the room and a smile that made you feel special. She was kind, generous and loving. She had a way of putting people at ease and making them feel important and heard.
Colleen believed in contributing to her community and spent countless hours volunteering with Paul at Jaycees and later Rotary, at her daughters’ schools, with Girl Guides of Canada, Viva Musica Society and at other community events as well as playing in the Okanagan Harp Orchestra.
Colleen’s favourite role was her more recent one as Lollie to her beautiful granddaughters. She loved spending time with them, introducing them to the harp and the piano, reading to them and being the best grandma they could ask for. Colleen’s spirit and love of life will live on in her family.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful family and friends who have supported all of us on this journey, particularly in the past three months. Your gifts of time, food, flowers and memories have given us strength. The family would also like to thank Dr. Michael Hopman and the compassionate and caring Palliative Care Team HCCB.
Donations in Colleen’s memory can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation or to a charity of your choice.
At Colleen’s request, there will be a Funeral Service. Due to Covid-19 it will be a private family affair by invitation only. The family would like to invite all who wish to view the service to join by Livestream on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm (See Below). A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.