Noreen WEST

Noreen Elizabeth West (nee Strachan)

Of Summerland BC, born April 13th in Vancouver General Hospital, passed away Wednesday August 19 at the age of 56 yrs & 4 months after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by her father, James, she is survived by her husband, Al West of Summerland, son Andrew of Fort St. John, BC, daughter Nicole of Victoria, BC and Noreen’s chosen sister Carolyn of Oliver, BC. As well she leaves behind her mother Noreen (Sparky) Strachan of Summerland BC, sisters Donna Jean (Bob) Iversen of Calgary, AB, Jackie (Ken) Selfridge of Abbotsford, BC, Margaret (Peg) Anne (George) Downton of Summerland, BC and brother Bruce of Penticton, BC, as well as her well loved nieces and nephews. Peg and her husband George were particularly supportive in Noreen’s struggle with cancer. Noreen requested that in lieu of flowers people could donate to the BC Nurses Union and thank them as well as the LPNs and hospital support staff for making her hospital stay as comfortable as possible. Our thanks go to all of them for their efforts on Noreen’s behalf. It made a big difference in her final days. Noreen loved life and made the world a better place by her participation in it. She was an active gardener, walker and swimmer. Noreen was a member of the Material Girls Quilters in Summerland as well as The Fort St. John Country Quilters, the Canadian Cancer Society in Fort St. John, Girl Guides of Canada and a lifetime member of The Stage North Theatre Society. Noreen enjoyed the Summerland Steps Out Program with her more active friends. Noreen also enjoyed working at the Hospital Auxiliary Store in Summerland with many old as well as new friends. Noreen’s positive attitude, great sense of humour and her valued friendships will be sadly missed by all of her friends. It was Noreen’s fervent wish that people would simply love their children even more. The family thanks all of our friends for their support and hope they know that Noreen cherishes their love. From her garden she continues to encourage us all to be our best, always. A Celebration of Noreen’s life will be held at the home of Peg and George Downton on Saturday, September 5th, 2009, from 1 – 4 PM at 14217 Spencer in Summerland BC. Nicole thought that Hawkins Cheezies, Red Licorice and Oh Henry Bars be available for early guests. Condolences may be directed to the family through Summerland Funeral Home at www.providencefuneralhomes.com