Born in a snow storm;
she left us in a snow storm.
It is with tremendous sorrow that we announce the passing of Gwen Abley on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the age of 69. Gwen was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her incredible generosity, tireless advocacy, deep faith in the Lord and her endless devotion to her family, friends, and students. Gwen was predeceased by her parents Wilfred and Hilda (Coxson) Angell, and her brother, Paul Angell. She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, William (Bill) Abley of Kamloops as well as her three children: Bill (Nicole) Abley of Prince George, Jayne (Michael) Latta of Kamloops and Andrew (Lisa) Abley of Kamloops and her sister, Gail Muliner-Ovington of Kamloops and niece Brenda Muliner (Dmytro Antonovych) of Kamloops. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Christopher and Nicholas (Prince George), Isaac and Hannah (Kamloops) and Kenzie (Kamloops). Gwen also leaves behind sister-in-law Linda Angell, brother-in-lawsAlun (Alison) and Stephen Abley; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Gladys Gwen Angell was born on January 9, 1948 to Wilfred and Hilda (Coxson) Angell, the third of their three children. She was born in Summerland, BC and spent her early life in Kelowna, and Kamloops. She met her future husband, Bill, in the summer of 1964 and they married on August 24, 1968. Gwen received her post-secondary education from both the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia where she received her Bachelor Degree in Education in 1980. Gwen taught elementary school in the Kamloops-Thompson School District for 37 years and touched the lives of countless students. She will be remembered as a thoughtful educator and mentor to students and colleagues alike.In addition to being a wonderful teacher, Gwen was a brilliant artist. Her family was always honoured to receive one of her beautiful paintings. Gwen will also be remembered for her steadfast faith and love for Christ. She was a founding member of the Kamloops Alliance Church and devoted countless hours of selfless service to God through her work with the church. She was truly filled with the fruit of the spirit. Gwen was particularly devoted to her grandchildren and when she was with them her natural sparkle shone particularly bright.
A Funeral Service to honour her life will take place on Friday, November 10th at 11 a.m. in the Kamloops Alliance Church (200 Leigh Rd Kamloops BC). Special thank-you to Dr. Kelly and the nurses at the Royal Inland Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Terry Fox Foundation in her memory.
Miss me but let me go; Jesus has called me home.