Powers, Penelope Susan

March 2, 1967, Johannesburg, South Africa –

February 1, 2024, Invermere, BC

It is with deep sadness that the family of Penny announces her death, after a brief illness. She passed away with her family by her side on February 1, 2024.

Penny is survived by her husband Max, her children Katia & Erik, her parents, Michael and Janet, brother Craig (Natasha) and nephews, Vincent & Michael, her sister Bridget (Rob) and nephew and niece, Declan & Astrid. She will also be sadly missed by her uncles, aunts, cousins and friends in South Africa, the U.S.A. and Australia.

Penny started her schooling at Rosebank in Johannesburg, and continued it at Sunalta School and completed it at Viscount Bennett High School in Calgary.

Penny was an exceptional athlete, excelling in every sport in which she participated. Her special love was tennis, and started many lasting friendships at the Calgary Tennis Club.

Not long after high school, she embarked on travelling the world, thus enriching her life, embracing her thirst for adventure, and developing a love for all people of different cultures. Her travels took her to Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Israel, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, and the British Virgin Islands.

On returning to Canada she worked in the restaurant business in Calgary and Banff where she made numerous friends. She later moved to Canmore where she started a successful destination travel business.

After meeting Max, she moved to join him in Invermere, where they started their family. If ever there was a perfect fit, this mountain community was it, yielding mountain and river adventures that lasted her lifetime.

Soon after the children were born, she and Max developed “Columbia River Paddle” into a major part of the recreational offerings in the Columbia Valley. She also always had time to be actively involved in many different volunteer activities in the valley, resulting in intense admiration, respect, and love in the community,

During the final days of her illness, she received loving care at the Invermere Hospital, and we thank them most sincerely.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Invermere at Kinsmen Beach on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

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