Olga May Burr

December 27, 1931 – February 9, 2022
Olga May Burr passed away peacefully while with family by her side in Kamloops, BC (RIH) on February 9th 2022. Born on December 27, 1931 in Lone Butte, BC to Steve Prydatok and Dora Prydatok (Lopaschuk). Survived by her son Steven Burr and daughter Dena Burr (David Hostetter) She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph W. (Bill) Burr in 2010, just a few months before their 60th Wedding Anniversary. As a youngster, Olga also lived at her parents ranch at Green Lake and Vernon.
Olga and Bill were married in 1951 and lived in Ashcroft then Cache Creek where they built their own home and had their 2 children. They regularly enjoyed square dancing events and all-nighter card-games. They later moved to Kamloops in 1967 where they lived in the same house that their son Steven exclaimed ‘this is the one Mom!’ as they walked through the door – she loved to tell that story.
Olga was an only child and with that came a great strength, independence and fantastic imagination that she expressed through her art. Many pictures are on display in homes and businesses locally and internationally. She also loved teaching art at the College (Thompson Rivers University). Olga was an active member of the Canadian Federation of Artists and her works were often seen in Vancouver on Granville Island, the Kamloops Art Gallery and many community expositions and fund-raisers. She painted the famous Kamloops cattle drive, flowers, landscapes and wildlife. She also was an avid gardener, especially known for the best tomatoes and peaches around. The yard was always covered in roses and petunias from Spring through Fall. She loved animals and had many pets her entire life and found comfort with her dog Missy after Bill passed.
Heather Bundas was Olga’s Maid-of-Honor and a great lifelong friend and they remained close and talked almost daily about anything and everything – but mostly about their kids’ antics.
When Olga was younger she wrote for the Ashcroft Journal about local events. She worked on the ranch, was an excellent cook and her many assorted pies were epic!
When her daughter was figure skating she was always making set-designs and costumes for Dena and for other girls in the skating club. Always transporting Steven and Dena to athletic and music lessons and events
When Olga bought her first car, of course it was blue. Dad said it could have no motor in it, but Mom would have bought it, if it was the right blue.
Mom loved a good joke and had a great laugh. She enjoyed all kinds of social events with her husband Bill and was quick to offer coffees and fine edibles to anyone visiting. Olga (mom) will be greatly missed.
Those wishing to pay their respects by viewing may do on Friday February 25 at 12:00 (noon) in the Schoening Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street. Followed by Interment at Hillside Cemetery at 1 pm
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alziemers Society or Wildlife conservation.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

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