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November 22, 1946 — February 16, 2019

Marlene passed away peacefully on the February 16, 2019 after her battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Philip; sister Jenny Locke; daughter Sarah (Colin, Caleb, Zachary) Winkler; and sons Alastair (Bethany, Natalia, Emma, Nigel) Woolcock and Nathan (Jennie) Woolcock.

A native of Royal Tunbridge Wells, England, she married Philip in 1967. Shortly after the wedding they embarked on a three-and-a-half-year adventure in Canada. Subsequently returning to England they settled down in Tunbridge Wells and started a family where their first child Sarah was born, followed by their son Alastair. Canada called though, and several years later Marlene and family embarked across the Atlantic aboard a transatlantic ocean liner, and then a train, to Calgary, AB, home of Marlene’s much-loved Rocky Mountains.  It was here that their third child, Nathan, was born. As opportunities presented themselves, Marlene and family moved to Victoria, BC for the next decade, then finally, to Kelowna, BC.

Marlene had a profound sense of adventure and a love of travel. These passions saw Marlene and Philip explore Europe from east to west and North America from sea to shining sea. Marlene and Philip continued to travel with their children domestically and abroad instilling the same spirit of exploration. Marlene was known for her dedication and support of her family, believing that the foundation of a close family was sitting around the table eating family dinner or playing a board game or two. Her love of the outside world was never far from her heart, enjoying drives to the mountains to spot a wild bear, moose or elk and exploring a run-down barn or mining town when she could find one.

Her family would like to thank the medical staff at the Kelowna Cancer Clinic for their ongoing care and the Kelowna General Hospital for all their compassion and care for Marlene in her final days.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation, www.bccancerfoundation.com.

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Monday, February 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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Service Details

The service for WOOLCOCK, Marlene is scheduled for Monday, February 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-860-7077

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  • Annemarie and Marc says:

    Dear Sarah and Colin,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother seemed like a wonderful woman! You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Annemarie (& Marc)

  • Liz & Glenn says:

    We were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We know how much she meant to you and your family. We hope that all of you can find some comfort in each other and in the knowledge that she loved you all so much and that she knew how loved she was. Big hugs waiting for you from the Cooks.

  • Nicolas Haynes says:

    I have never met Marlene, but I am good friends with Nate and Jennie. I think you can tell a lot about someone based on how their children are, and how they act and treat people. Nate is intelligent, loyal, funny, very hard working and just a fantastic human being and a testament to himself and his family and Marlene. Nate, you and your family have my deepest condolences and thoughts for your loss.

  • Shirley and Rick says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. We have fond memories of the ten years our families spent being next door neighbors here in Victoria.
    Rick and Shirley, Andrew, Matt and Amanda

  • Carmen Bergeron says:

    Dear Sarah and family,
    As I read the obituary, I recall stories of your arrival in Canada, settling in Woodlands, and the arrival of Nathan. I remember your mom sharing anaseed balls, ironing bed sheets, and switching linens for the summer season. I was always welcome in your home and on your family adventures in Calgary and again in Victoria. Your Mom was a special lady And will be sadly missed. My condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, Carmen

  • Chrissie Day says:

    Really sorry to hear of your great loss Phil, she was a lovely lady. Looking forward to seeing you when you come to England. All my very best wishes to you and your family. Chrissie Day

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