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First Memorial Funeral Services

1211 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC

OBITUARY

Heather Jean Cumming

18 July, 19397 September, 2018
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Heather Jean Cumming (nee Wright) July 18, 1939-September 7, 2018. With heavy hearts, our family announces the passing of our amazing wife, mom, grandma, aunt, cousin and friend, Heather Jean. Heather was born in Fleming, Saskatchewan to Gordon and Florence Wright, who were both teachers. They instilled in her a love of reading, writing and lifelong learning. Heather attended the University of Alberta graduating in Physiotherapy. While studying, she met Roger and they were married in 1960 while he was still in medical school. They had four children and settled in Kelowna in 1971. Heather was passionate about her family and friends and was happiest just being in their company. She loved to discuss and debate any topic and spoke her mind eloquently, while respecting differing opinions. Heather encouraged her children to explore their interests and, like a true mom, these interests became her passions too. Heather loved to be outdoors skiing, golfing, walking, running, or hiking. She loved to read and write and belonged to a Canadian authors' book club for over 50 years. She completed a diploma in English Literature at Okanagan College and had some of her articles published. Heather loved music and was the initiator of the Kelowna Music Society and a huge supporter of the fledgling Okanagan Symphony Orchestra in the 1970's. She worked as a pediatric physiotherapist at the Okanagan Neurological institute and later as a realtor. Heather was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her husband of 58 years, Roger, her sister-in-law Eleanor (David), her children: Lisa (Duane), Lynn (Lindsay), Scott (Nora), David (Heather); grandchildren: Ben, Liam, Jordan, Makena, Tristan, Brooke, Taylor, Paige, and Ella. Heather's spirit will live on in her loving family. Heather fought valiantly against Alzheimer's and did not allow this disease to diminish her amazing spirit, determination, grit and grace. She was beautiful in so many ways, but it will be her generous heart, radiant smile, and genuine interest in those around her that will be remembered. Heather loved books and believed literacy was one of the greatest gifts. As Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” In her memory, consider donating to The Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation or a library of your choice. Please join Heather’s family in a celebration of her life at Kelowna Harvest Golf Club on Friday, Oct. 5th, 2018 from 1-4 pm.

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  • Celebration of Life Friday, 5 October , 2018

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