Train up the child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.
Shary passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Kelowna BC after a two year battle with Bone Cancer. Shary was born in Edmonton AB on May 10th 1947. She spent her childhood in Prince George BC, where she excelled at Sports, especially in Track and Field events. Her Family moved to Burnaby BC where she graduated from Grade 12 at Burnaby Central, She then attended SFU to earn her Teaching Degree. She lived and taught in many places across BC, including White Rock, Quesnel, Kamloops and Kelowna. She settled in Golden in 1978 where she had many jobs, including BC Forest Service, Banking, Dental Reception, and Teaching. She held many Teaching positions, was the President of the Golden Teachers Association, Principal of Parson Elementary, VP of Lady Grey Elementary, and finally, District Administrator of Student Services in Rocky Mountain SD 6.
After 34 years in Golden, She moved to West Kelowna in February 2012 be close to Medical Treatment and to her Children and Grandchildren.
Her hobbies and passions were Gardening, Quilting, Travelling, Hiking, and Biking. She Climbed 20,000 ft Mt Kilimanjaro, Walked the Great wall of China, got lost in Moscow, toured St Petersburg, Athens, Thailand, Morocco, New Zealand, Kauai, Cook Islands, and many other places. She bicycled 2200 km across the Maritime Provinces, and did many Mountain biking and backpacking trips to Utah and Arizona. She hiked on week-long wilderness trips in Banff and Jasper National Parks. She wanted to travel to all 7 continents, but missed South America, Australia and Antarctica. She was forever learning, whether on Special Education and Teaching courses, or flying an Airplane, or getting her U of C Masters of Education Degree (pictured).
Her greatest passions were always her 2 children and 4 Grandchildren.
Shary was predeceased by her Father Graham Smith, her stepfather Arthur Buckingham and her youngest sister Leslie Douglas.
Shary is survived by her husband of 30 years, Don, her children, Kristi (Wade) Benner and Bart (Stephanie), Robertson and the pride of her life, her 4 grandchildren, , Avery, Sydney, and Twins, Callan and Linden, all of Kelowna. She is also survived by her Mother, Marian Buckingham, and her sister Marilyn Werschler, of Kelowna.
A Memorial service was held in Kelowna on March 15.
The Family wishes to pass on a huge thank you to Dr Jeanne Mace, and Dr Maryanne Taylor, their staff, plus so many others at KGH, and the Southern Interior Cancer Center for outstanding care and compassion.
Memorial donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Foundation, #104 – 1456 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E6 in memory of Shary.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting WWW.MEM.COM and searching her name under stories. Arrangements were entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC.