Alwyn Ada Burniston

December 19, 1922 – March 14, 2019
Alwyn Ada Burniston passed away with her daughters by her side on March 14, 2019 at the age of 96 years.

Alwyn will be lovingly remembered by her children Bob (Heather) Burniston, Ken (Sandi) Burniston, Marion  Woodbridge, and Olwen Gendall; grandchildren: Michelle (Rob) Burniston McCue, Kenzie {Deirdre) Woodbridge, Kolyn (Ben) Morcombe, Chris Gendall, Jen Gendall, and Mike Gendall; and great grandchildren: Kieran Burniston, Skylar Reichelt, Seren Woodbridge, Tavis Morcombe, and Tanna Morcombe.

Alwyn was predeceased by her husband, Bob, her parents, Thomas  and Alice Turner, sister Evelyn Smith, brother Latimer  Turner, son-in-law Don Woodbridge; and grandchildren, Darren Burniston and Sarah Gendall.

Alwyn was born in Sacristan, Durham County, England in 1922. She was 16 years old at the start of World War II. While many of the “boys in the village” who were called upon to serve did not return from the war, her future husband, Bob, did. They were married  on April 24, 1943. One year later they welcomed their first  child, Bob, followed by Ken, Marion and Olwen.

In 1963, the family  immigrated to Medicine Hat, Alberta. While in Alberta Alwyn worked as a care aid in residential care facilities. Upon retirement Alwyn and Bob  moved to the Okanagan, travelled  extensively, enjoyed each other’s company  and the frequent  company  of their children and grandchildren.

Alwyn was a sensitive, compassionate, practical and very capable person who lived a long and varied life. She was devoted to her husband and family, enjoyed travel and adventure, and loved a “good cuppa tea and a chinwag”. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary prior to Bob’s death in 2004.

We love you Mom. We’re sad for us but happy that you’re with Dad again, strolling arm in arm along the beach, smiling at each other and catching up on the last 15 years.


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