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ROSKILLY, Rena Victoria (nee Mayson)

August 27, 1918 — August 9, 2014

Rena passed away peacefully with her family at her side at the Central Okanagan Hospice House on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Rena was born in Maple Creek, SK and lived in Saskatchewan until high school graduation when she moved to Edmonton, AB, to attend the Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing.  Rena moved to Kimberley in the early 1940’s to begin her nursing career at the Kimberley Hospital.  It was here she met her future husband, Bill Roskilly.  Rena was extremely proud to serve her country as an officer in the RCAF during WWII.  Rena’s kindness and generosity of spirit was well in evidence as a Registered Nurse.  After all her children were safely in school, Rena returned to nursing as an OR Nurse, a career she loved and continued until her retirement.  After retirement, Rena became an avid golfer and enjoyed travelling to all corners of the world.  Her love of reading was legendary, a gift she instilled in all her children.  In the spring of 2003, Rena decided to sell her home and moved to a retirement residence in Kelowna to be closer to her children.

Rena will be sadly missed by all her children: Vicki Redding (Brent), Shirlea Durston (Keith) and Gail Tritscher (Max); her grandchildren: Kevin Redding (Ginnesa), Jill Seaton, Jocelyn Durston (Chris) and Stephanie Durston (Cam) and her great grandchildren: Kyla, Spencer and Olivia Redding.

Rena was predeceased by her husband Bill (Rosko) Roskilly on August 22, 1985 and her granddaughter Leslie Seaton on February 22, 1996.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Rena’s memory to the Central Okanagan Hospice House, 2235 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2Z6.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, August 19th at 2:00 pm at the McPherson Funeral Chapel, 1885 Warren Avenue, Kimberley, BC.  Reception to follow at the Trickle Creek Lodge, 500 Stemwinder, Kimberley, 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.”

Tuesday, August 19th at 2:00 pm

McPherson Funeral Chapel

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The service for ROSKILLY, Rena Victoria (nee Mayson) is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19th at 2:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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McPherson Funeral Chapel

1885 Warren Avenue Kimberley, BC


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  • Sharon and Eugene Leveque says:

    Dear Vicki and Brent — so sorry to hear about your Mom Vicki; we are thinking of you and sending our deepest sympathy. I am certain her celebration of life in Kimberley will be filled with very special and happy memories. Cherish all the great and happy memories you have of a great Mom and Mother-in-law. Love and hugs, Sharon (Daniel) and Eugene Leveque

  • Theresa Lewis says:

    I am sending my sincerest prayers of comfort to you all. Mrs. Roskilly was such a wonderful nurse and she comforted so many people by her calm demeanor and warm smile. I remember feeling a calmness about her that was a comfort to many. xo

  • Dianne LaFreniere says:

    So sorry to hear of the mothers passing…I remember Rena from nursing in the Kimberley Hospital…thoughts and prayers to all her family & friends during this difficult time.

  • Brenda (Wocknitz) Beauchene says:

    So very sorry to read in the paper about your Mother’s passing. I had hoped you, Vicki, would be at our high school reunion this year but now I understand why you couldn’t be there. Please know that my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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