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MURI, Gwen

Went home to be with the Lord on April 15, 2014 at the age of 78 years.  Survived by her loving husband of 58 years Jim, son Tim (Edith) Muri of Winfield, BC, daughters: Cindy (Dan) Bentley of Camrose, AB, Judy (Bill) Marsh of Red Deer, AB, Krista (Stephen) Vikse of Camrose, AB; 16 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, sisters Signe Thomassen of Oregon, Rita (Peder) Andreasen of Surrey, brother-in-law Charles Donovan of Maple Ridge.  Sadly predeceased by 5 sisters and 4 brothers. 


Gwen was born Sylvia Gwendolyn Jacobsen on a farm just outside of Weldon, Sask. on May 8th, 1935.  She was the youngest of 12 children.  They moved to B.C. in 1941 with her brother, Rolf, driving them in a pickup with a small utility trailer holding all their belongings.  They settled in Vancouver where Gwen went to school at Sir Richard McBride Elementary.  They moved to Surrey onto a small acreage when she was 11 years old where she attended Simon Cunningham Elementary and graduated from Queen Elizabeth School in 1953.  Gwen met her future husband, Jim, at a Luther League convention being hosted by First Lutheran, Jim’s home church.  Jim was an usher.  When Gwen went up to give a report Jim asked the other usher, Arvid Thomassen, who she was, not realizing that Arvid was Gwen’s sister’s brother-in-law.  Jim convinced Arvid that they should drive her home that evening and the rest is history. 

 Gwen attended CLBI in Camrose, AB as did all her kids.  She and Jim raised their children in Coquitlam and moved to Winfield in 2001 and to Kelowna in 2010.

 Gwen was an exceptional organist and pianist.  She played at her first wedding at the age of fifteen.  She was the organist for several churches for over sixty years.  Gwen was always very involved in the church, playing and singing in church choirs and other choral productions, as well as playing for many weddings and funerals.

 Gwen was a wonderful and devoted wife and mother.  There were always fresh cookies or homemade cinnamon buns to come home to after school and she always made mealtimes a special gathering.

 Gwen always had time for her family and other people and was always so kind.  Everyone loved her.  She had a special smile and a twinkle in her eye.  She will be greatly missed.

 A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 1162 Hudson Road, West Kelowna, BC.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made  to Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute  4837-52A St., Camrose AB  T4V 1W8 or Wagner Hills Farms (Ministry) 8061-264th St., Langley, BC  V1M 3M3 or Central Okanagan Hospice Assoc. (COHA)  1456 St. Paul St. Kelowna, BC  V1Y 2E6.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Grace Lutheran Church

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The service for MURI, Gwen is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Grace Lutheran Church

1162 Hudson Road West Kelowna, BC


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  • Diane Hoornaert says:

    Jim and family
    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss, Know I am thinking of you. I had the privilege of knowing Gwen as a neighbor and will always remember her bright smile and ready laugh. You are in my prayers.

  • Pastor Ed Rode says:

    Dear Jim and Family: What a blessing when I was at Good Shepherd,Coquitlam, to have such a talented,and always cheerful organist as Gwen. And now the angels welcome her to the hymns of praise in heaven.
    May the Lord grant you comfort
    Pastor Ed Rode

  • Shannon & Ed Fehr family says:

    Very sad to hear of your dear Moms passing Tim, Edith and Muri family. Sending our thoughts and prayers that you will find strength in your love of each other, your friends and of course the Lord to see you through these difficult times.
    Hugs and prayers to all.

  • Bruce, Evie & Elissa Cumming says:

    Tim, Edith and Family; please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother, grandmother and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Karen Donovan-Joyce says:

    Dear Uncle Jim and family, We are so sad to hear of Auntie Gwen’s passing.. I have so many wonderful memories of her when growing up with my cousins… staying over night at your home on Blue Mt. road, how she always had the breakfast table set up for the morning … all of the beautiful Christmas’s we spent together….. she will be missed… love to you Uncle and my cousins xoxo

  • Wendy and Ray Mabbett says:

    Heartfelt condolences to you, Tim, Edith and Peter at Gwen ‘ s passing. Also to Jim and the rest of the family at this very difficult time. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace.

  • Marianne Sunde says:

    Dear Jim and family, My mother Olina, your cousin, and my father Roald, send their warmest condolences. They have appreciated so much your visits to Olden, and remember with joy the last time you and Gwen were there. They have also appreciated all the Christmas cards Gwen has written.Personnaly I want to thank you for inviting me in 1976 to stay with your family for a school year. If I had not received the AFS-scholarship I would have travelled to Canada and stayed at your home. I know it would have been wonderful. I thank you for the generous invitation, and am sorry I have not been able to see you and the family again since we first met. I think Tim is the only one I have seen again, when he stopped by in Oslo in 1989. I hope we will meet in the years to come! Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss of Gwen. Our thoughts are with you and your family these days and in the days to come. Love never disappears, the love you and Gwen have given lives on through children and grandcildren. My love to all of you.
    Marianne Sunde

  • Charlene Epp says:

    Tim, Edith and Peter, Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all during this season of grieving.
    Ken & Char Epp

  • Maureen & Curt Ziprick says:

    I want to send our condolences to Jim, Tim and his family and extended family. My prayers are with you to give you strength in this time of need. May gods bless and keep all of you.

  • Janet Greaves says:

    Tim, Edith and Peter, so sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
    Condolences from The Greaves family, AB

  • Brenda Grieser says:

    Mr. Muri, Cindy, Tim, Krista and Judy, my deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. I have heard it said that when we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. I hope that you find comfort in knowing that you have a special angel to watch over you now.
    Brenda (Murray) Grieser

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