We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at G.F. Oliver Funeral Chapel, Ltd.
January 14, 1943 – August 4, 2021
Beloved wife to Tony Kennard of Creston, BC, Colleen’s loss will be deeply felt. Dedicated mother to Peggy Price of Vancouver, Washington, and Gordon Kennard of Regina, Saskatchewan, and “pet mommy” to their precious cats, Little Boy, and Panda, she will be dearly missed. Countless nieces, nephews, and their families along with dear friends in the Creston Valley and throughout the country will feel the loss of Colleen. She will be remembered for the value she held for people and animals, her sense of humour, her creativity and resourcefulness, and her eagerness to help whenever she could. Her husband of 60 years and her children share a gratitude for her enduring and faithful spirit, and her bright and joyous personality. In our minds and hearts, she will always be simply beautiful, and irreplaceable. “Mom, there is no other like you!!”
*A Spirit of Generosity*
Being born in Calgary, Alberta during WWII, the youngest of four siblings, Colleen started with humble beginnings. When she was two years old, her parents separated and she was raised by her mother Eileen MacDonald and eventually her stepfather, Barry MacDonald in the Creston Valley. Colleen had many fond memories of her mother and stepfather and of her childhood in Creston. She recounted her youth as one of relative tranquility because of the grit as well as kindness of her dear mother, an Irish immigrant to Canada. Early on and throughout her life, Colleen was always thinking of others. Her love language was one of bright smiles, kind words and physical gifts, and she was always looking for that item that would meet a need, warm a heart, or tickle the fancy, and offer it as a practical gift of some kind.
In recent years, a favourite pastime of Colleen’s was creating dioramas for the enjoyment of her TAPS and TOPS groups. Everything from a collection of items from the Calgary Stampede to African Safaris, she was thrilled to collect and showcase sweet items of interest! In 2017, she supported her niece Rebekah Allen of Airdrie Alberta to share the posthumous publication of Eileen MacDonald’s novel about a war bride, called Promise in the Void. She and Tony attended The Canadian War Brides & Families Annual Reunion in 2018 in Regina, Saskatchewan and shared this novel with many.
Colleen and Tony lived in the Vancouver area for many years but moved to Creston in 1998 where they have resided ever since in retirement. They enjoyed weekly connections over coffee at local restaurants and coffee shops with various friends. Colleen could ever be found at the Gleaners where she volunteered and purchased her next gifts for family and friends. Her nieces and their children enjoyed many a baby or toddler item carefully selected by Colleen. Gifts were also acquired from the Crafty Cronies, another group in which Colleen participated. In her generosity, she also taught practicality, and conservation of resources!
Colleen displayed a rich and deep love of life. She was generous and ever thoughtful of her husband, her children, her family, and friends. She was a wonderful caregiver to her pets, always providing a safe and happy home.
Colleen spread love and joy to all she met. She was intelligent, resourceful, and loving.
She is greatly appreciated and will be remembered always.
Colleen’s family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Gord and Irene Noetzel; Byron and Jeanette Nygren of Creston for their many years of faithful friendship and for providing end of life care and companionship.
Additional thanks go out to the management and staff of Crest View Village for all their care and efforts.
In lieu of any gifts to the family, Colleen would greatly appreciate any donations to PAWS Animal Rescue of Creston.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Creston at a later date!