January 21, 1922 – January 10, 2013
Agnes Martinsen of the Yellowhead Pioneer Residence in Barriere, British Columbia, passed away suddenly at the age of 90 at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, British Columbia. Agnes was born to parents, John Henry Dale and Anne (Nee Bruyneel) in Enderby, British Columbia, on January 21, 1922.
Agnes will be missed by sons Wayne (Louise) Abbey of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Lloyd (Fran) Abbey of Barriere, B.C., and daughter Sharon Reid of Enderby, B.C. Agnes is also survived by sister Betty Wilson of Kamloops, B.C., brother Bruce Dale of Powell River, B.C., sisters-in-law Ivy Dale of Vernon, B.C., and Mary Dale of Enderby, B.C., brother-in- law Vern Wilson of McLure, B.C., as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Left to cherish her memory are seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Agnes was predeceased by husband Louis Abbey of 100 Mile House, B.C., and husband George Martinsen of Vernon, B.C.
Agnes was a homemaker but found time to work for a packing house in Winfield, B.C. She also enjoyed being a Ham Radio operator with the Vernon Ham Radio Club. Agnes loved to cook and bake, especially for her family. She was always sewing, knitting and crocheting. She enjoyed fishing and camping at many lakes in British Columbia. Agnes also had a green thumb with her vegetable and flower gardens.
From the family to “The Girls” as Agnes called the staff at the Yellowhead Pioneer Residence in Barriere: You go above and beyond to make the residents feel welcome. Agnes was always looking forward to her next adventure with all of you, her time with you was short, but she enjoyed every minute. You made her last year a very special one. Thank You.
There will be a Memorial Service for Agnes at a later date. This will also be webcast for those who may not be able to attend, and condolences may be sent to the family via www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com. Donations in Memory of Agnes Martinsen may be made to the Diabetes Association, Kamloops & District Branch, 1589 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 5Y7, or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, #201- 635 Victoria Street, Kamloops, B.C., V2C 2B3. Arrangements entrusted to: North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, BC, 250-672-1999.