WHITEHEAD, Leona Jean (née Parr)
June 17, 1933 — February 1, 2020
Leona J. Whitehead passed away on February 1, 2020 in Kelowna, BC at the age of 86. She is survived by her children Rhonda Poullos of Peachland, BC, Ed (Cortney) Simpson of Lake Newell, AB, and Corinne (Steve) Bjornson of Ile des Chênes, MB; her grandchildren Jamie-Lee (Justin), Jennifer, Kimberly (Kelly), Jonathan (Lauren), Kenny (Ali), Bryan (Jennifer), and Stephanie (Kelsey); her great-grandchildren Kacey, Leah, Kate, Taylor, and Brodie; and her cousin Norman McLeod of Victoria, B.C.
She was sadly predeceased, by only 61 days, by her husband of 47 years, Brian “Pa”; as well as her great-granddaughter Jaida-Lynn Ausman (May 2019); her parents Charles (1963) and Gertrude (1983) Parr; and her brother Billie Parr (1968).
Born and raised in Calgary, AB, Lee graduated from Western Canada High School. She was a great athlete and excelled in track and field as well as basketball. She loved golf and was the Club Champion at every course she ever belonged to.
Lee’s career was focused in office administration. After her retirement, she and Pa fulfilled a lifelong dream and moved to the Okanagan; she was an active member of the Ponderosa Golf club and played in many local tournaments. She always referred to Peachland as “God’s Country”.
Perhaps what she enjoyed the most over the years was playing BINGO. There were many trips in the motor home for both golf and BINGO holidays.
The family would like to thank Dr. G Verster and the staff at Spring Valley Care Home / Pioneer for the care of Leona.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm at Two Eagles Golf Course, 3509 Carrington Rd, Westbank, BC. That day, her life will be celebrated along with the life of her great-granddaughter Jaida-Lynn Ausman.
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