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STINSON, Dawn Lesley

Dawn Lesley Stinson passed away peacefully at the age of 58, surrounded by her family on Monday, April 20th in Kelowna, BC. Dawn was born in Liverpool, England, the daughter of Marion and (the late) Edward Hodgson. Beloved wife of Mitchell Stinson; loving mother of Devon Cairney and Donovan Cairney; stepmother of Jennifer Stinson and Andrew Stinson; cherished nana of Wesley Cairney, Lily and Reid Irvine, and Emerit and Calesha Stinson. Dawn will be forever missed by her close friends and family.

Dawn completed her nursing degree in Kelowna while raising her young family. She was a caring and gifted nurse who completed her training in England and her practicum in Belize. She ran her own foot care business and was very happy to offer homecare to those in need. She practiced outpost and transition nursing and improved the lives of countless people throughout BC and Washington.

Dawn absolutely loved to travel, especially if there was sunshine! She was always caring for others and made anyone who entered her home feel extremely welcome, as if they were a part of the family. The relationship that she had with her grandkids was so special – her face would light up when they were around. She had an incredibly infectious laugh and even during difficult times she showed a zest for life. Dawn was an ardent feminist and atheist and held herself to the highest moral standards. She was an incredibly hard worker and drove those around her to do the same. She took solace in painting beautiful watercolours and was an excellent cook! Her magical handwriting and thoughtful cards, sent just to let you know that she was thinking of you, will be cherished forever. We will honour her every day and will never forget her wonderful greeting, “Hello, darling“.

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