15 September, 1924 – 4 September, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we announce our matriarch, Noreen Agnes Larent, has passed away. Noreen passed on Saturday September 4, 2021 at the age of 96.
Noreen was a hardworking woman who loved her family immensely. She raised 5 children, Lauren, Noreen, Rocko, Lynne, and Nathen on her own. Noreen had a very long career in the hospitality industry including owning Betty’s Kitchen in Kelowna, BC and being the Food and Beverage Director at Big White Ski Resort for many years. Noreen enjoyed traveling- she journeyed across Canada and throughout the United States, and would don her alis- “Ruby Jones” for trips to Las Vegas. Noreen always stayed up to date on current world events and had several rescue dogs throughout the years.
Noreen was pre-deceased by her daughter, Lauren in July 2013, and her best friend and business partner, Tevie Smith.
She is survived by 4 of her children; Noreen, Rocko (Juliette), Lynne, and Nathen (Cheryl). Grandchildren; Noreen (Trevor), Alex (Megan), and Terrance Seifert. As well as great-granddaughter, Saoirse, and her 2nd great-grandchild, expected January 2022. Her nephew Rick (Carolyn) Harris, and cousin Rocky (Aladeen) McCleary, as well as numerous extended family members.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 18, 2021 at 1:00pm at First Memorial Funeral Services (1211 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC). To watch the service via livestream, please visit www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com . Reception to follow at her son Nathen’s home. Please phone Noreen 250-470-2512 for directions.
Donations in Noreen’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army at salvationarmy.ca To extend condolences to the family, please visit www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC- 250-762-2299
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14 September 2021
Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of Noreen. I knew Noreen 40 years ago when I was just a kid who graduated from high school and worked for her up at Big White Ski Village. She was a force to be reckoned with and her staff had nothing but respect for her. One of my very good friends Sue Mitchell (who also worked under Noreen) and I visited visited Noreen a few years ago at her home. I have attached a photo. We only worked for her one season but we never forgot her! That's who she was and the type of positive impact she had on people.
Rest in peace dear Noreen...you were a wonderful soul!
14 September 2021
Dear Noreen and Noreen Jr. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom and grandma. She will always be your forever shining light. She was an amazing example of strength and work ethic to you all. I did not have the pleasure of working with her at Big White, but I wish I had. They don't make them like her or like you, for that fact, anymore. We wish you peace during these difficult times ahead.
Love Geri Davis and family
Frank & Brenda Borri
13 September 2021
We will never forget this family. We moved to our first home and lo and behold one of our first visitors was Lauren, Noreen Sr and daughter Noreen. They showed up to play cards with us (hearts of course) and to visit our new home. Noreen Sr brought with her a roll of pennies (coppers) so we would never be broke, a few lumps of charcoal (for heat) so we would never be cold and I believe a deck of cards so we’d always have something to do. That memory will never fade. There was a lot of fun and laughter that night and she played a mean game of hearts. Rest In Peace. 🌹