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RYCKMAN, Ethel May

Ethel passed away on October 11, 2019 at the age of 90.  Ethel was the Trotter family matriarch and a light in all of the lives she touched.  She had a laugh that was contagious, a quick wit, and a positive spirit that affected everyone around her. She was selfless, warm and caring, and even in her later years, the life of the party.

Ethel is survived by her husband, Ernie; her daughters Maureen McTavish Trotter, Marleen Trotter (John), Kathy Trotter (Dean) and Jackie Trotter (Pat); her sons Dan Trotter, Doug Trotter (Jane), and Kevin Trotter (Dawn); as well as her numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; her two brothers Don Watson and Brian Watson; and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her husband Jack, daughter-in-law Carol, sister Mary, and brothers Bob and Ken.

A service will be held at the Rutland United Church, 1370 Rutland Road N, Kelowna, BC on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:30 am with a Celebration of Life to follow on April 11, 2020 the location to be determined.

Should family and friends desire, a memorial donation may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice House, hospicehousekelowna.com. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:30 am

Rutland United Church

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The service for RYCKMAN, Ethel May is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:30 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Rutland United Church

1370 Rutland Road N Kelowna, BC


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  • John A Kolb says:

    Sincere sympathy to Marlene, Maureen and your family on the loss of such a dear lady. It is clear that you both inherited her love of life and laughter. I am so glad to have met you both and wish you many fond memories.

  • Leslie Zwingli says:

    So sad to hear of Auntie Ethel’;s passing. Many memories of her bright smile, infectious laugh and beautiful nature. She was a wonderful example to all and i know she will be sorely missed. Hugs to you all, Leslie

  • Dianne McNabb says:

    My sincere condolences to the Trotter family! ❤️
    Your Mom has been a very special lady in my life from the time I was 7, living across the alley from you on Glenpatrick Drive in Calgary. Ethel had such a big heart, she always welcomed everyone! Even with 7 children of her own she somehow made time for a chat and a laugh with all the kids and friends who entered her home or at the lake! She was my second Mom, being a pillar of strength for me in good times and bad! I have always admired Ethel for her love of family and friends, making entertaining look so easy and enjoyable! She certainly could whip up a great batch of blueberry pancakes for a herd of people!
    I’m very thankful that Ethel has been a part of my life, she will be missed, hold on to all your fabulous memories of her!
    She will be forever remembered in my heart!❤️
    Dianne McNabb (Grandberg)

  • Brad Watson says:

    Wilma and I would like to express our sincere condolences to the Trotter Family and to Ernie. Aunt Ethel was such a special lady, she will be missed by all.

  • Barbara Watson says:

    My thoughts and prayers at this difficult time to the families, rest in peace Ethel love Barb

  • Bev Morrice says:

    Don and I send our deepest sympathy for all of the Trotter families and to Ernie. Auntie Ethel was a very special person and will be missed.

  • Our Congregation of Knox United Church in Didsbury, Alberta says:

    Dear Ernie & Family,
    Sending our sincere condolences to you and all your Family. You and Ethel are very special to us and we are very saddened to hear of her passing.
    With our warmest blessings, prayers and many hugs!
    Your Knox United Church Family

  • Mark James says:

    Dear Ernie & Family,
    Our hearts go out to you as you cope with the loss of Ethel. I personally did not know her very well as we only met on a couple of occasions, but I know my Mom and Dad had fond memories of the times they spent with her. My Mom was very saddened to hear this news and we know that Ethel will be sorely missed. Her memories will live on with you all for a lifetime as she moves on in her journey in which she may once again cross paths with my Dad and Beeps. Thinking of you all during this time.
    The James Family

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