Burdena Jessie Cowan

May 15, 1912January 18, 2013
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COWAN, Burdena Jessie (Rae) Sutherland,

Passed away peacefully at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013 at her home with family members by her side. Burdena was born in West Branch, Nova Scotia on May 15, 1912, daughter of Robert and Margaret (MacLeod) Rae. She was predeceased by her first husband Robert Sutherland; second husband Kenneth Cowan; daughter Margaret and son Hugh. She is survived by her son James (Audrey) Sutherland of Bedford, N.S.; daughters Janette (Hugh) Matheson of Vancouver and Lorna (George) Alexander of Delta, B.C.; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Mount Pleasant Funeral Home, 306 East 11 Ave. Vancouver with burial to follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, January 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 24, 2013

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February 11, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the family.We remember her as such a pleasant and cheerful lady. Dan and Pat Evanof xoxo

Eldon & Norma Rae

January 26, 2013

Our sincere sympathy to all the family at the passing of Burdena. She was a kind and caring lady who will certainly be missed.

January 25, 2013

Our Deepest Sympathy to all the family during your Mom, grandma's passing. She lived a very caring, kind life.

Eric and Gail Peckham

Gayle Rae-Fraser

January 24, 2013

Sincerest sympathy to Aunt Burdenas family

Sharon Hagel

January 24, 2013

Our Deepest Sympathy for all the Family who will miss Burdena. She was a kind and caring neighbor for so many years to Elsie Damon and her family. Mom kept in touch with Burdena and so enjoyed her 100th Birthday gathering last Spring. Mom cannot attend Services as she has just had eye surgery Tuesday but sends heartfelt wishes to all.
Elsie Damon and Daughter, Sharon Hagel (Damon)

January 24, 2013

We want to express our deepest sympathy of the loss of Burdena, she was a great lady and Aunt. We will always remember her fun times and visits to Pictou.
Ross & Susan Rae and Family

Rob, Mary, and C.J. Sutherland

January 24, 2013

We share in your loss of our beloved Grammie C. We will remember her with love and fondness. She will forever live on in the hearts of the people whose lives she touched.

January 24, 2013

Thinking Of you all at this difficult time.Burdena was an inspiration to us all throughout her long life.

Milton & Jeanette Rae
Fall River N.S.

Gary & Carol Johnson

January 23, 2013

Sorry to learn of Burdena's passing. Your family was blessed to have such a great lady & mother.

January 23, 2013

It is with a heavy heart to say goodbye. But she will always be held in the esteem she so deserved. She was a Lady in every possible sense of the word. And I feel blessed to have had he opportunity to know her. My love goes out o the family.
Lori Matheson