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RUNDELL, Cornelia Mary

Cornelia Mary Rundell was born on June 8, 1949, in Macklin, Saskatchewan to army veteran Roderick Rundell and war bride Adrianna Rombouts, the second of what would be 11 surviving children. In 1966 she joined the Sisters of Elizabeth, a catholic teaching order.  She left the order in 1968 still pursuing a teaching career.  In 1969 Cory enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan full time.  There she was active in several feminist campaigns and through student politics met and married Peter A. Russell in 1972.  Their first daughter Heather was born in 1973, the same year the little family moved to Ottawa where Cory pursued a course in journalism at Carleton University.  While in Ottawa, Cory was involved in founding the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and worked her way into the Federal civil service.  In 1978 the family moved to Edinburgh where she earned a Master’s Degree in Literature, and soon after they relocated to Birmingham, where she taught Literature and Drama at Fircroft College.  There Cory gave birth to her younger two daughters, Jane in 1982, and Emily in 1987.  Cory had taken up Karate in Ottawa which she continued in Edinburgh and Birmingham where she began running.  Cory had the second fastest time for a woman in the Wolverhampton Marathon, receiving a silver plate Trophy.  In 1989 the family returned to Canada, first settling back into Ottawa where Cory taught at high schools in the area.  Then the family relocated to the Okanagan in 1992, and Cory taught Basic Adult education and English at Okanagan University College.  Cory was highly involved in St. John’s Anglican Church in Salmon Arm which led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Divinity at the Vancouver School of Theology.  Cory was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2002 and shortly after became rector of St. James in Armstrong and St. George in Enderby, a post she held for 12 years.  There she oversaw vital maintenance on the foundations of each Parish and enlarged St. James’ hall.  In 2014, Cory and Peter moved to Kelowna where Cory became an Associate Priest at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Cathedral.  She is survived by her husband, Peter Russell, and her daughters Heather (husband David, and children Tom, Calvin, and Miles), Jane (husband Eamonn), and Emily.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Syrian Refugee Fund at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Cathedral, or the BC Cancer Foundation.  The family would like to thank the staff at the BC Cancer Agency and the nurses and care workers from the Palliative Care Program.  On December 29 there will be a vigil at 6:00 pm followed by a service at 7:00 pm at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Cathedral in Kelowna.  The Funeral liturgy will be at 10:00 am at the Cathedral on December 30 with a reception at 2:00 pm.  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.”

Prayer Service
December 29 there will be a vigil at 6:00 pm followed by a service at 7:00 pm


Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

St. Michael & All Angels Cathedral

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The prayer service for RUNDELL, Cornelia Mary is scheduled for December 29 there will be a vigil at 6:00 pm followed by a service at 7:00 pm at located at 608 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC.

The service for RUNDELL, Cornelia Mary is scheduled for Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. Michael & All Angels Cathedral

608 Sutherland Avenue Kelowna, BC


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  • Mark and Karen Rundell says:

    Our deepest sympathies on behalf of our family. May your hearts and souls find peace and comfort. ” It is hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.”

  • Mavis and Graeme Brownlee says:

    Leaving this earth but never our hearts…miss your wit and wonder. Our love and our prayers to Peter, Jane, Emily, Heather and their families.

  • Angela Killen says:

    Dear Peter and family,
    I was saddened to learn of Cory’s passing Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. She will be missed

  • Rhoda Milloy says:

    Corrie was a good friend to my mom, Connie Chisholm, and I met her several times when I was visiting in Salmon Arm. My deepest sympathies to her family at this time.

  • Sally Scales, Salmon Arm says:

    Cory was such a wonderful person in the Anglican church.

    I took the photo of Cory’s and Peter’s family in the Grindrod church December, 2008

  • Beryl Herdan says:

    Dear Peter and family: Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Cory. She was a great part of our St. John Anglican Church – and will be so sadly missed by all her family, and parishioners everywhere. I loved her smile! May she Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory! God Bless. Beryl Herdan and Al Neale

  • Susan Cowley says:

    Dear Peter and Family, I offer my deepest sympathy on the passing of Cory. I used to go to the 11 pm service on Christmas Eve at St. John Anglican Church in Armstrong. At the end of the service I would always say “see you next year” She will be missed. Rest In Peace Cory

  • Wendy Armstrong-Taylor says:

    I was very sad to see Cory’s obituary in the Armstrong paper today. I knew that she had been quite ill and had sent her an email on December 21st to see how she was doing, and was sorry to have missed her service.
    I listened to Cory’s first sermon the day that she was ordained at St. Faith’s Anglican Church in Vancouver, and I was delighted to discover that she was ministering at St. James church when we moved to Armstrong in 2003. We became friends, and although we lost touch somewhat after she moved, she always had a special place in my heart. I will miss her, and feel grateful for having known this wonderful, inspiring woman.

  • Clifford Wardell says:

    I was sad to learn that Cory passed away. To Peter and Family I offer my deepest sympathy and will have great memories of her being a Rev of the Armstrong and Enderby church. To me, see is one of the great achievers in life and also did good work in helping others.

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