Murray, Yvonne Frances Juliette (Rioux)

June 23, 1929 – June 1, 2022
at the age of 92 years:     

There will be a graveside service in Penticton in June 2022, date to be determined.

Yvonne Murray passed away at the age of 92 in Bastion Place, Salmon Arm BC on June 1st, 2022.

Yvonne was born in Mazeond Saskatchewan on June 23, 1929.

Predeceasing Yvonne is her husband Kenneth Murray, son Clifford Murray, great granddaughter Angeline Selluski and siblings Frank, Mary, Helen, Louis, Roger, Marcel, Raymond, and Paul.

Survived by daughter, Karen Murray, Grandson Doug Simister wife Angie great grandchildren Davin and Jordyn. Granddaughter Brandy Selluski, husband Roger great granddaughters, Erlina, Tynisha, Narissa and Jocelin. Grandson Mark Mackay and partner Nichole.

Yvonne grew up on the family farm in Mazenod, Saskatchewan. When her father passed away when she was 12 years old, Yvonne and her siblings had to step up in order for her family to survive, this is where she developed her strong work ethic and many stories of her favourite “pet”, Rosie the cow. As a young woman she moved to the big city of Regina with her sister Helen and brother Lois and is where she met her husband, Ken. Her wedding was the best day of her life marrying her best friend. They soon moved out to Vancouver for 10 years where the weather was much warmer and had 2 children Clifford and Karen, who were the apple of her eye. From there they moved to Revelstoke when the Rogers Pass first opened in 1963 and had the first gas station on the highway in Revelstoke.

An opportunity came up in Penticton and that is where Yvonne and Ken settled for many years of happiness. After retirement, and years after her husband Ken passed away, she moved to Chase BC with her daughter for a few years. In Chase is where she had been diagnosed with the horrid disease “Dementia” and started to quickly deteriorate. She soon ended up in a care facility in Salmon Arm BC.

Yvonne always had an eye for fashion and worked in the fashion industry most of her life. Eaton’s, Sears, Lila’s Ladies Wear and Woodward’s as well as keeping the books for the businesses her and Ken owned.

Yvonne always had a love for clean clothes! If she wasn’t working helping Ken with carpentry work (in high heals) or camping she was doing laundry. She loved washing and ironing clothes, or it sure seemed she loved it. She was always offering to do her adult children’s laundry and soon the grandkids laundry as they became adults too. There was nothing she couldn’t get a stain out of.

Yvonne was always the life of the party, her amazing personality drew people in, and family and friends loved being around her.

Yvonne always had kept a close relationship with all her 8 brother and sisters. She had a special bond with Helen and Louis having been room mates in Regina. Yvonne’s youngest brother Paul lived with her and her family on and off for most of his life.

Yvonne was a storyteller! Who needed a book to read when she was around? She told stories of her time on the family farm, stories of her dad’s days in the navy, and all her adventures in life which were many!

 Yvonne loved having tea parties with her grandchildren Brandy, Doug and Mark and continued tea parties with her great grandkids. She spent as much time as she could with her grandkids and great grandkid’s. She had a very deep love for all of them.

She said she would never grow old and when you mentioned that she was a senior she would get quite indignant. She was a forward thinker, very young at heart and was loved by everyone she met.

The family would like to thank the wonderful Staff at Bastion Place for the excellent care she had.

There will be a graveside service in Penticton in June 2022, date to be determined.

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