We Remember

RYALL, Gertrude Matilda

April 5, 1920 — December 7, 2023

Gertrude Matilda Ryall passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Saviour on December 7, at the age of 103 years.  She was predeceased by her husband Carmen, her parents William and Helena Kaiser, three sisters, one brother, two nephews, and three nieces. Left to mourn her loss are her niece, Irene Switzer and grandnephew Orrin (Colleen) Switzer from Prince George, as well as numerous grandnieces and grandnephews, and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews in Alberta.

Gertrude was born in Wetaskiwin, Alberta on April 5, 1920, to William and Helena Kaiser.  She was the youngest in her family, and at an early age it was evident she had an unusual singing voice.  In her earlier years, Gertrude had a career in the oil industry.  After living in Calgary for a number of years, Gertrude and her husband Carmen retired and moved to Kelowna, BC. Gertrude remained active working the night shift in admitting at Kelowna General Hospital; serving as a hostess at Springfield Funeral Home; directing “The Evangel Gems”, a senior choir at Evangel Church; and leading the “Happy Hymnals”, a musical group that performed at senior complexes and churches. Gertrude also sang solos at any public functions she was invited to perform at.  Music was such a big part of her life and she was very faithful in using her gifts.

Even though Gertrude was busy in the community, she was also very hospitable, entertaining many people in her home throughout the years.  She had an incredible zest for life and loved people, travel, and music.  In her latter years, as she needed more care, she was very grateful for the help she received from her friends Ed and Bev Smith and Anne Rauser.

Those who loved and cared for Gertrude wish to express deep appreciation to the whole staff at Spring Valley Care Center for the professional and loving care she received.  Gertrude was very happy living there, and with her positive attitude to life and her vibrant faith, she brought joy and light to the community.

A Graveside Service to honour the life of Gertrude, officiated by Rev. Will Sohnchen, will be held on MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2023, at 11:00 AM, at the KELOWNA MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY, 1991 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC

A celebration luncheon will be held to honour the life and legacy of Gertrude. Invitations will be extended to those who helped her in her final years.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local food bank, if so desired.

All arrangements are in charge of Springfield Funeral Home, Kelowna. The Springfield Team is honoured to send off one of their team members with love.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2023, at 11:00 AM


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