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PICKENS, Patricia Ann (nee Rumpel)

February 24, 1943 — October 24, 2019

It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce Pat’s passing at Royal Columbian Hospital after a courageous fight with cancer on October 24th, 2019 at age 76.  She was a beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be dearly missed by all who loved her.


Pat was predeceased by her husband Murray Pickens, parents Olga and Adam Rumpel, brother Ron Rumpel and sister-in-law Brenda Rumpel.  Pat is survived by her three children: daughter Candice, (husband Kevin, grandson Brendan); daughter Shannon (husband Gavin, grandsons Remmington Joe and Hatcher Murray and granddaughter Kailani); son Joshua (fiancé Stephanie); brother Tom Rumpel (sons Adam and Thomas);  sister-in-law Faye Rumpel (daughters Julie and Rhonda); sister of the heart Caroline as well as many extended family and friends.


Pat was born in Southey, Saskatchewan and later moved to Regina and attended Sheldon Williams High School. She began her working career with Saskatchewan Power until she moved to Vancouver in the early 60s.  There, she worked for Canadian Pacific Railway.  She met and married Murray in Vancouver and Murray’s job directed them to move to Kelowna 45 years ago where they raised their 3 children.


Pat entered the childcare business and continued with that passion for many years, from which she enjoyed great satisfaction and success until retirement in 2009.  Pat’s love for her grandchildren continued through her entire life and she spoiled each one with pride and happiness.   She was able to travel to Australia every year where her daughter Shannon lives and watched her twin grandsons and granddaughter Kailani grow and she relished the times spent with them.


Pat’s infectious enthusiasm for life will truly be missed.  In both her personal and professional life, Pat brought a sense of understanding, generosity and poise that went beyond her role as a wife, mother, aunt, sister or friend.  She was always there to help out when called upon and more importantly, she volunteered for the TELUS Ambassadors and acted numerous times without being asked or acknowledged.  Pat’s life has touched many people over the years and her tragic passing has left a great void in our lives, but her memory will forever fill our hearts.


As requested by Pat, a private family gathering will take place at a future date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BC Cancer Foundation Kelowna, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1X 5L3.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

As requested by Pat, a private family gathering will take place at a future date. 

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  • Denise Paley says:

    Dear Candace, Shannon, Josh and families. I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I will be forever grateful that she took a chance on a girl with no experience and stuck with me for ten years. Your mother loved you all fiercely and loyally. My heart goes out to you all.
    Denise Paley

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