Thurston, Norna Gwendolyn “Lyn”

September 26, 1939 – November 28, 2022
at the age of 83 years:

      Memorial Service, Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11:00 a.m., Fischer’s Funeral Services, Salmon Arm:

     We sadly announce the peaceful passing of Lyn Thurston on November 28, 2022 at the age of 83 at her home in Gleneden with friends and family around her.

Lyn was born in Wetaskiwin, Alberta to Marjorie and Robert Selfridge in September of 1939.  Lyn’s family moves took her to Vancouver BC, Prospect Lake Van Isl. BC, and Balmoral BC.  After her marriage to Pat in 1959 they settled on the little farm they bought in the community of Gleneden in Salmon Arm BC.  There they became involved in many community activities and raised their three children. 

Lyn is survived by her three children – Sandy (Thomas), Coleen (Andre’), Tim (Heather) and her grandchildren Devin, Morgan, Nathan, John, Collin, Avery, Cayden, Darah and Ben.  Lyn is also survived by her sisters Karen (Howard), Robin (Barry) and brother Tom (Karen) as well as many nieces and nephews.  Lyn was predeceased by her sister Elizabeth, mother Marjorie, father Robert and husband Pat.  Lyn will be greatly missed by her many friends and family whom she kept very close to her heart.

In lieu of flowers , memorial donations in Lyn’s name can be made to the Gleneden Community Association, 5151 49 Street NW, Salmon Arm, V1E 3A6.


  1. Lyn was such a kind and gentle soul. I loved to talk to her wherever we happened to meet. She will be missed by a great many, and definitely by me. My deepest sympathy to all her family and many friends.

  2. My Condolences to the Thurston Family,
    You were very special as a family to Lyn. One didn’t have to be with her long to learn this. She was such a Motherly person, so loving!
    She was a Blessing for me to know, which I thank the Lord for.
    In Karate class it was easy to see she already had physical prowess, balance, and coordination, especially someone her age. She told me she enjoyed and loved badminton prior to coming to Karate class. In class she was a meticulous thinker and worried she wasn’t doing a particular thing right. She would think she couldn’t hold her own. At different times I would place her in a sparing situation where there wasn’t time time to think, only react with training instincts. She was a Warrior!!! All her training was there instantly! Proof not to fool with a Mother.
    I was sad to see she had to quit class, because she loved it so much and was very close to achieving a Black Belt.
    Of course I’m very saddened to see her passing. However sad, I know I’ll see her again soon.
    My Prayers are that the Holy Spirit comfort you all, and all who were Dear to her.

    Gods’ Blessings,
    Your Servant,
    David Teece

  3. Condolences to Lyn’s family. Rest in peace Lyn. You have made the world a better place with your engaging personality

  4. May The Great Spirit Watch Over You, Sandy, Colleen, Tim, Your Entire Family and Friend Now and Always

  5. Sincerest condolences to my dear friends Sandy, Coleen, Tim and extended families.
    Your Mom was such a gem to so many and she will always be remembered in the sweetest way. I feel lucky to have been treated as part of your family for my whole life!
    Rest in peace dear Lyn ❤️

  6. I am saddened to learn of Lyn’s passing. Condolences to all of her family she was such a special person.

  7. We travel such a short time together. The years from High School to now seem to vanish at our loss of Lyns warm smile and soft heart.
    To Karen Kari, old friend, my thoughts are with you.
    To Arlene, Joyce and all the Steel Magnolia Ladies that have held to each other since School Days, how wonderful you are,
    To Sandy, Coleen and Tim – such a time for your hearts to hold. We have not met but a few years back your lovely Mom and I realized that you three and your eight children and my three girls and their eight children were all related. (White and Thurston marriages)
    To all the families, we send our best hopes, prayers and wishes – we will remember.

  8. Our deepest condolences to you Coleen, Tim, Sandy, Karen, Robin and Tom on the passing of your mom and sister. We will always remember Lyn’s kind heart and open arms any time we saw her. Lyn always had a smile on her face and was eager to hear what was happening in our family. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
    Love, Dale, Shannon, Ryan & Evan Steedman

  9. My sincere condolences to Lynn’s family and sisters and brother. Been many years ago in school, living in the same community and working together at the Bakery.
    Vickie (Tulari) Barron

  10. Our hearts go out to Lyn’s family. Rest in peace dear friend & neighbor. We are so very sorry to hear of Lyn’s passing and grateful for all the years of so many times shared. Huge hug & support to you all & your families.
    Jerry & Debbie

  11. Many loving thoughts and prayers enfold the family and friends of this beautiful lady who was so loved by all.
    She left unforgettable memories of a treasured friendship from early grade school until her final journey home.
    Her signature in life was her kindness , her love of family and her beautiful smile..
    she is earth’s loss and Heaven’s gain.
    Until we meet again Dear Fiend .

  12. From Montreal my family and myself join you from the deepest part of our hearts. We know that André who shares his life with Coleen will represent us well. May God’s blessings pour on all of you!

  13. Hugs and love to Sandy, Coleen, Tim, family and friends of Lyn. We will all miss our hugs. How lucky was I to have had this special lady in my life for over 50 years. My 2nd Mom. ❤️ Always there if I needed her. To be with her and see that special twinkle in her eyes and get a hug brought joy to my heart. So many memories. I will miss you my dear sweet Lyn. I love you

  14. My prayers go out to Lyn’s family in the loss of such a wonderful lady ,my friend , go in peace

  15. Condolences to all of Lyn’s family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss.
    May Lyn rest in peace now and shine down on you all
    My mom Jean will be sad to hear of the loss of her long time friend

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