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October 29, 2022
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Betty-Jean Penman of Kamloops, BC, on October 29th, 2022, at 79 years of age. Betty is survived by her children Barb (Sandy) Davidson of Cache Creek, Bev (Mike) Nameth of West Vancouver, stepchild Elizabeth (Jack) Gatenby of Nova Scotia, and grandchildren Levi (Adrienne) Davidson of Castlegar, Kendra (Kiel) Kuzyk of Kamloops, Sean, Byron & Elliot, and great-grandchildren Quinten, Nakotah, Freddie, Jordyn, and Madilyn, as well as siblings Bobby Burns of Creston, Marvin (Sandra) Burns of Creston and Yvonne (Daryl) Arnott of Alberta.
Betty was predeceased by her first husband George Nameth (2016), second husband Thomas Penman (2019), brothers Keith Burns (1945), Tommy Burns (2011), stepchild Thomas Penman, and her parents Edwin Burns (1975) and Ella Burns (2005).
Betty spent 39 years in North Vancouver and was very lucky to have met "the ladies". Everything from lunches, dinners, holidays, shopping, and cocktails kept this group close. Betty, Ann, Marjorie, Shaw, and Jackie, Mom loved you all.
In the few short years that we had Mom in Kamloops with us it didn't take her long to make new, and dear to her, friends The Kamloops Lions Group who meet in Brock she so enjoyed the monthly luncheon. Betty was the collector of the lunch monies and we always had to go to the bank to get $5 bills...because EVERYONE paid with twenty-dollar bills, haha.
Special thanks to Ken & Randeen Desjardine and Ron & Lynn Davidson for taking her under your wing with the coffee and dinner dates, transportation no matter where, pop-ins and friendship in general. She spoke highly of you! Tara you weren't only an upstairs neighbor but a wonderful friend who had a spot in Betty's heart. She really enjoyed sharing a glass of wine with you. And the Ladies at Red Robins for not only remembering her but also her "usual". You made her day!
Betty tried to find the good in everyone and always to help out if she could. In her retirement years she used her love of knitting to make hundreds of toques for the homeless in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Cache Creek area. Pretty sure the cost of that wool blew her budget out the window! And if you knew my Mom, she loved staying on budget!
To each and every one of her family always remember Grannie was sooo very proud and loved each and every one of you. Some of you got to love her for longer than others but she will always be in your
hearts (young or old) As a very wise Quinten told me today...Now that Grannie is in heaven, she will be able to visit each and every one of us as we need her.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty-Jean's memory may be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice in Kamloops.
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