Bernadette Claire Ballard passed away on November 24, 2015 at the age of 87.
Passed away on November 24, 2015 at the age of 87. Survived by her daughter Adele Wooldridge (Duayne) of West Kelowna, BC; sons: Gary Norman Dietrich (Janice) of Red Deer, AB, Donald Lester Ballard (Sandy) of Victoria, BC, Ronald Arthur Ballard (Shelby) of Prince George, BC, Glen Loyal Ballard (Cindy) of Mexico; grandchildren: Amber, Chad, Jordan, Corinna, Sheree, Bonnie, Loyal, Brandon, Abbey, Erin and Levi; great grandchildren: Charlotte, Alice, Arianna, Isla, Bria, Joshua and Aiden; sister Bertha Heinz of Regina, SK; brothers: Alphonse Brochu (Georgina) of Regina, SK, Emile Brochu (Hannah) of Regina and Jerime Brochu (Phil) of Assiniboine, SK. Predeceased by her husband Loyal Ballard, sister Maria Quail, brothers Joseph Brochu and Jerime Valere Brochu. Bernadette was known to all as “Bonnie” and is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her deeply. Her smile and strong will are things that will never be forgotten. Bonnie was actually born on a leap year, but her Dad thought every little girl should have a birthday every year so he registered her on February 28th instead. She was the eldest child of Marie Louise and Arthur Brochu and born in Saskatchewan. “She will forever be missed, but never forgotten.” Bonnie loved her garden and worked hard raising her children with her husband Loyal, while holding down the “fort” for him answering his business calls on the phone while he worked. She will always be remembered for her radiant smile and kind demeanour. A strong, feisty little lady that stood up for herself and was a mentor to her entire family. Everyone who knew Bonnie loved her; even if it was for a very short time. She lived in Creston for many years and relocated to live with her daughter in West Kelowna in 2011.
A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, December 2nd at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, followed by a reception at the Springfield Funeral Family Centre.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.