January 29, 1916- August 3, 2015
Born in Wayburn, Saskatchewan to Mary and Samuel Gendreau, Mamie was the oldest of eight children. She traveled West in her early 20’s living and working in the Okanagan picking fruit with her sister before moving to Lower Mainland, where she worked at the Boeing Aircraft factory on the assembly line. At that time she met her future husband, Leslie Kelley of Louis Creek, B.C. Mamie moved to Louis Creek in 1948 and soon gave birth to her first of three children. After losing Les in 1981 she remained in Louis Creek until her home was destroyed in the 2003 fires. With great strength and tenacity she choose to re-build her home and remained there on her own until 2012 when she moved to Kamloops. She is survived by her three children Jack (Linda) Kelley of Barriere, Shirley Hanson of Kamloops and Gail (Ron) Barker also of Kamloops, as well as six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Mamie passed away peacefully at RIH with many family members by her side.
A Celebration of Mamie’s life will be held on Thursday, August 13 at 2:30 pm in the Schoening Funeral Chapel, Kamloops.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Red Cross in Mamie’s name.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.schoeningfuneralservice.com