Leola Ann BROWN
September 25, 1937 – November 16, 2021
Leola Ann Brown September 25th, 1937 - November 16th, 2021
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Leola Ann Brown, beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Leola passed away peacefully in the early morning of November 16th in the presence of her immediate family at North Shore Hospice. She was predeceased by her father, mother, and older brother. She is survived by her loving husband, Stewart, of 62 years, her sons, Daryl (Patricia), Donald (Jennifer), daughter Cinda-Ann Goernert (Gregory) and grandson, Cole.
Leola was born and raised in Nelson, BC. She met Stewart while both were working at the Bank of Commerce in Nelson. They married in 1959 just before being transferred to Alert Bay, BC, where they would begin living their young lives together. Later, they were transferred to numerous postings in greater Vancouver and Victoria.
Leola was a happy and social person. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for over 50 years. She joined chapters with each new location, developing lifelong friendships along the way. Playing cards was a passion that started as a child. Leola held dear her many friends with whom she played Bridge.
With her children grown, she returned to working outside the home. Leola was reinstated as an Account Officer at a Canadian Chartered Bank in West Vancouver, BC, and remained there for many years.
Leola and Stewart would travel extensively in retirement, visiting Europe and the Middle East. They spent winters, from time to time, in Mexico and the California Desert.
In the past three years, Leola endured considerable illness. Each time she found the strength and positive attitude to carry on. During the past few months however, her condition became critical. Throughout it all, Leola never lost her will to carry on for herself and her family
Leola was always cared for exceptionally well by the nursing staff at Lions Gate Hospital. Most recently, Dr. Peter Graff, was exceptionally compassionate and the family is grateful for his counsel. While the duration was short, the staff at North Shore Hospice were most professional and kind.
The family would also like to thank Dr. Geoffrey Walton and Dr. Jasmine Purewal for their ongoing kindness and continuing care of Leola during her recovery after a lengthy hospital stay in 2019.
With the concern of many regarding Covid 19, a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.