Agnes May Svendsen (Rise)


Agnes May Svendsen
Agnes May Svendsen

Agnes was born at St. Martins Hospital in Tonasket, Washington, USA and passed away at the South Okanagan General Hospital after a long fought, short diagnosed valiant battle with cancer at the age of 71 years.

She was predeceased by her parents Rader and Alta and her only sibling Marvin.

Agnes married Verne Svendsen and moved to Osoyoos, BC, Canada in 1961.

She will be fondly remembered by her husband Verne; daughter Dawn (Ray) and grandchildren Lisa and Lacy and daughter Tammy and grandchildren Jeremy and Cody

Agnes was the kindest, sweetest, strongest, most generous lady who put everyone else’s needs above her own and was loved by all who were lucky enough to meet her. She was a fun lady who made the best of any situation and was the rock and glue of the family. She had a great sense of humor and was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother and wife. Agnes loved spending time with all her grandkids. She enjoyed teasing them as much as they enjoyed teasing her back.

She lived in Canada the majority of her life but her heart never left the USA, forever a true American who very much missed her country. She had treasured memories and often talked about growing up on the farm on the hill near Molson with her parents, her many beloved relatives and her much loved pigs that she later had a collection of.

In her younger years she loved going to wrestling and concerts, most recently Loretta Lynn that she thoroughly enjoyed. Agnes liked doing crossword puzzles, watching TV, and often was teased by Tammy because she enjoyed reading obituaries so we better make this a good one! Agnes said she liked to read the story of their lives and thought it was humorous when the odd ones told it like it was and didn’t sugar coat it, luckily we don’t have to sugar coat anything, she was “the best” as often told to her by grandson Jeremy

A favorite memory was going to see Jose Canseco play baseball in Seattle with her good friend Gloria.

Your departure has left a huge hole in our hearts and lives that we can never fill but your kind manner will live on in all those you touched. Forever missed, forever loved and never forgotten.

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