July 23, 1928 – December 27, 2014
In loving memory we announce the passing of Pearl Sumner at St John Hospice, UBC. Pearl was relocated to Vancouver in June to better meet the challenges of cancer which she faced with the remarkable courage, grace and optimism that characterized her life. Born in Kindersley Saskatchewan as the eldest of 6 she is pre-deceased by brother Jim Hayden, sister Sylvia Hayden, and survived by sisters Shirley White, Marlene Clarke, and Ellen Cashen. Pearl was predeceased by her first husband of 46 years, Kurt Becher and will be dearly missed by her husband of 21 years, Walter Sumner of Salmon Arm, and her two step daughters Elaine Shigatomi and Emily Nelson, three step grandchildren and 3 great step grandchildren. She was very proud of her 17 beloved grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren by her nine adoring children: Alice Thorner, Tom Becher, Lynda Kazanowski, Randy Becher, Robert Becher, Mary Ann Becher, Nancy Theissen, Harley Becher, and Shannon Ekkel. Pearl’s warm smile and twinkling eyes will be fondly remembered by her extended family and many friends throughout the Columbia and Okanagan Valleys where she resided over the last 70 years. While a dedicated mother
devoted to the tumult of her large family, she touched
many throughout British Columbia with her serene and caring heart, her enthusiasm and love for the beauty in life, and her relentless spirit to make the best of it. She was a classy lady. Condolences may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for a later date.