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WHITE, Viola (Vi)

January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

Viola (Vi) White, 94, of Kelowna, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2013, at her home in Mountainview Village, Kelowna.


Vi was born May 26, 1919, to Albert and Wilhelmina (Minnie) Suess, in Herreid, South Dakota.  In 1941, she married her childhood sweetheart, Karns Albert White, in Ellensburg, Washington.  They began their life together in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  In order to further Karn’s retail career, the family moved frequently, residing in Waterloo, Iowa; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Peterborough, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta; and, since 1971, Kelowna, British Colombia.


Vi was always active in her church as a Sunday School teacher.  She loved the Lord her God with all her heart and it was evident throughout her life.  She was a highly regarded member of the Women’s Committee, and the only female member of the Building Committee for the Laurier Heights Church in Edmonton.  She was known for her outstanding skills as a hostess and her meticulous attention to detail.  She hosted countless memorable events over the years for those in her church community as well as the business environment.  Vi was an ardent student of American and Canadian history, visiting many significant historical sites.  As a loving grandmother, Vi was an avid supporter of school concerts and sports functions.  She was always ready with a story or a special treat.  She was a loyal subscriber to her local symphony and theatre societies wherever she resided.


Vi was predeceased by her brother Floyd Suess of Bellevue, Washington; her sister Estelline Bennett of Tacoma, Washington; and her grandson David Bogaardt of Kelowna, BC.


She is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Karns A. White of Kelowna, BC; daughters Karen Patterson of Oakdale, California, and Patricia O’Leary of Santa Rose, California; son John White (Diana) of Kelowna, BC; grandchildren Melanie Sluggett (Brian) of Santa Cruz, California; Peter O’Leary (Larkin) of Santa Rosa, California; Stephanie Morrison (Steve) and Brian White of Vancouver, BC; great-grandchildren Jessica Barr (Josh) of Kelowna, BC; Taylor and Sarah Beggs of Summerland, BC; Jordan, Cameron and McKenzie Sluggett of Santa Cruz, CA; and great great-granddaughter Lemmy Cole Barr of Kelowna, BC.  She will be lovingly remembered and missed by all who knew her and especially by her family who knew her best.


The family wished to thank Dr. Dan Obedkoff and the staff at the Good Samaritan Society Mountainview Village for their loving care and attention.


Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kelowna Gospel Mission: PO Box 22087 Capri PO, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9N9.


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Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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The service for WHITE, Viola (Vi) is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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  • Skip & Gale Bennett says:

    Dear Uncle Karns & family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and for you as we celebrate the life and promotion of a truly wonderful wife, mother,grandmother, great grandmother and WONDERFUL LADY. Heaven is richer today because of her. All of our lives are enriched because of her life. She loved you, the Lord and was consistent in that love. I’m sure she heard, “well done, Vi, enter in”. Please know our prayers, thoughts and love are with you and for you. Skip & Gale Bennett & family.

  • Rhea & Wes Wiseman says:

    Karns,we were very sorry to hear of your loss. We regret that we will be out of town on Sat. so unable to attend Vi’s funeral service. Our thoughts will be with you.
    With deepest sympathy.

  • Allan & Elsie Farrar says:

    To Karns & family: Our sincere condolences on the loss of Viola. It
    was a pleasure to have had you both as
    neighbours at the Meadows.
    Allan & Elsie

  • Oscar & Elsie Schur says:

    We are sad to hear of Vi’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

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