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TOMPKINS, Maureen June (nee Zelley)

Maureen June Tompkins (nee Zelley) was born in Leicester, England and moved to Nanaimo, British Columbia with her parents in 1954. She graduated from Nanaimo Senior High School and later Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Education Degree.  Maureen was a passionate and dedicated teacher who taught for many years in both Vernon and New Westminster.  She later went on to work for several years as an Adjunct Professor at UBCO in Kelowna.

Maureen will always be remembered for her optimistic outlook on life, her great sense of humour, and her love of travel. She had many interests and enjoyed nature and the outdoors, especially working in her garden where she spent countless hours.  Maureen was devoted to her family and she will be deeply and sadly missed.  She leaves behind her loving husband Vern of nearly 55 years, her son Jim, daughter Janice (Peter and kids), sister Sandra (Bob), brother Brian (Dorothy), grandsons James and Eddie and her wonderful nieces and nephews.


A Celebration of Life will be held on May 5th, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 5V8.


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May 5th, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for TOMPKINS, Maureen June (nee Zelley) is scheduled for May 5th, 2016 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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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Daphene & Lloyd Tompkins says:

    Vern, Janice & Jim

    Lloyd and I were so sorry to hear about your loss. We so enjoyed all of our visits together, both out there and back here in New Brunswick. She so loved her family and enjoyed life to the fullest. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

    Deepest sympathy,
    Daphene & Lloyd

  • Brian Zelley says:

    An river of tears, teardrop by lonely teardrop, can never wash away the loss, sorrow and pain of your departure, but we can remember beyond tomorrow. We can look back to those years in North London änd rember visits to Hämstead Heath park, or those train rides to Southend to wade in tge ocean or visit the arcade, to eat that pink candy floss or a candy apple, or the time you won a paint set at Battersy fun fair. Or the boat ridefro Southhampton to Quebec and the fun train ride across Canada with interesting stops at places like Medicine Hat to Vancouver where a ferry ride to Nanaimo and beyond.

  • Tracie, Darwin, Hudson & Kiana says:

    Dear Uncle Vern, Jim and Janice. Our hearts break with you. Aunty Maureen was an amazing gentle soul, full of grace, appreciation and kindness. We love you all and you are in our hearts, our thoughts, our prayers. Deepest sympathy, Tracie, Darwin, Hudson and Kiana ♥︎

  • Michael McTiernan says:

    Vern, Janice, Jim & Family,
    We are reaching out to let you know that our thoughts and deep felt sympathy are with you through this very difficult time. May future and present memories bring you bright moments of joy as you recall Maureen’s well lived life. We have seen her sense of humour and many other admirable attributes – optimism, passion and dedication to profession, devotion to family and love of nature – expressed through her daughter.
    Janice, we deeply value and appreciate you as an exemplary woman and are privileged to enjoy you as a member of the McTiernan clan. Your Mum lives on in all the lives she has touched.

    McTiernan Clan

    Anne Marie Gaskin
    Martha & Steve Joyce
    Tom McTiernan
    Joan & Charlie Beaudoin
    Mike & Dixie McTiernan
    Monique & Bill Black
    Cathy & Don Murray
    Mark & Terri-Ann McTiernan
    et al…

  • Annette and Bob Mason says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Vern and his family. Though former neighbours but away from Kelowna much of the year, we didn’t know Maureen and Vern as well as we would have liked, but always enjoyed seeing them. Maureen was obviously a very special lady, dedicated to her family, who battled her illness with such strength and grace. We shall miss her.

  • Carman and Marney Cherry says:

    Vern, Janice and Jim.
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Maureen. Please accept our sincere condolences. Maureen was a wonderful person and gracious lady. We are thinking of you folks, Marney and Carman Cherry.

  • Joanne Young says:

    Dear Vern and Family;
    I am so very sorry for your loss of Maureen. I have had the pleasure of meeting you both on the golf course and out walking in the neighborhood. My thoughts are with all of you at this very, very difficult time. Sincerely Joanne Young

  • Karen Sargeant (nee Cherry) and Family says:

    Vern and Family,
    My sincerest condolences on your loss of Maureen. I remember our times visiting you and Maureen in Vernon fondly. My dad Carman has kept me apprised of your and Maureen’s comings and goings over the years. You certainly enjoyed many wonderful years together. Thinking of you during this terrible time. Karen and Rob Sargeant

  • Brian & Sherry Johnson says:

    So sorry to hear of Maureen’s passing. She was such a great lady. We haven’t been that close since our early years in Nanaimo thru the late 50’s and early 60’s but as cousins I always new about her and the family thru my mother May, Maureen’s aunt. Condolences to Vern and family on your loss.

  • Emanuel Cunha & Bernice Soley says:

    I am very sorry to hear of Maureen passing. I had the pleasure of meeting her and Vern in Palm Springs together with my friend Bernice Soley. That beautiful lady will always be remembered.

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