Josephine STEPHEN

STEPHEN

Josephine Antionette Naan

It is with great heartbreak that we announce the passing of Josie. Mum passed away after a heart attack and courageous battle with Cancer on September 8th 2015 with her family by her side. Josie was born in Glasgow, Scotland on May 24, 1934, the youngest of four children to Patrick and Elizabeth Naan. As a teenager, she immigrated to Canada with her older sister in 1954; a new adventure. Mum was an amazing woman, a dedicated, loving mother. Despite having a limited education, her brilliance for numbers served her well as a payroll accountant for BC Sugar credit union and for over 30 years with AirBC/Air Canada airline. She was full of surprises, living in a convent, jumping out of a plane with no shoes, and learning to mend fishing nets even while hating the water. She was always up for a good party, a laugh, a big hug and loved to dance the jive where she could rock the house. Upon retirement she did not slow down; Josie loved volunteering for the South Surrey RCMP, Star Of The Sea Soup Kitchen and doing Tai Chi. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years Edward “Dennis” Stephen, daughters Heather (Jeff Selby), Michelle (Pam Johnson), and beloved grandchildren Kendra, Kieran and Kaelen, sister Teresa Nawn (Blackpool), many nieces and nephews & great nieces and nephews. She was our rock, our mentor, our guide, but most of all our MUM. So when you look up at the sky think of Mum. Look out though, as you may see the seagull she vowed to come back as, so beware! Services will be held at Star of the Sea Church, 1153 Fir Street, White Rock, BC, on November 12, 2015 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Moog Hospice House or Penticton Memorial Hospital in her name.

Kearney’s Columbia-Bowell Chapel

604-521-4881


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