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Olive Annie Dufresne (Gerow)

December 24, 1928 - January 31, 2022


We are saddened to announce the passing of our wonderful Mom, Granny, Great-Granny & Aunt. Olive was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan to Archie & Annie Gerow, the youngest of 8 children. The family moved to the Peace Region near Grande Prairie, AB in 1930 to homestead. She grew up there, and when she finished school, taught in a one room school house until she moved to Kimberley in 1948 to be near her sister, Peg Lowes (Frank). Olive worked for many years in the housekeeping department of the Kimberley Hospital, up until her retirement at age 65. Gardening was her passion, and her home was surrounded with flower beds and hanging baskets every year. She always had a huge vegetable garden as well as a greenhouse, and shared her crops with friends and family. Mom was a strong, independent and loving lady who was loved by all that knew her.

Olive is survived by her four children – Rosanne Dufresne, Jeanne Taggart (Barry), Donna Hoglund (Erik), and Dan Dufresne (Terry), as well as 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, all of whom loved her so dearly. She loved playing cards, crib or scrabble with all of her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She is also survived by Barbara, Lawrence & Bryan Lowes, her niece and nephews that were more like her children, as well as many other nieces and nephews.

Olive was predeceased by her parents Archie & Annie Gerow, her 7 siblings, the father of her children Rolland Dufresne, and her son-in-law Doug Sinclair (Rosanne).

A celebration of Olive’s life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Kimberley Fellowship Baptist Church “Local Missions”, or a charity of your choice.


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Barbara Berge
Relation: We were related through marriage but was like and Auntie to me.

Oli was a beautiful person who was caring and always had a lovely warming smile. We will miss her very much. My Prayers and Big Hugs to all of the family. Larry & Barb

From: Lynne Hoglund
Relation: I knew Olive as a co worker at the Kimberley hospital and she is also my sister in law Donna's mom.

Sending heartfelt sympathy to the family, Olive was a special lady and she will be missed.

From: Rod Gerow
Relation: she was my dads youngest sister

What a great tribute to a great lady. I will always have fond memories of Aunt Ollie from the holiday trip in 1964, our visits to Kimberly and her visits with us in Salmon Arm. Thank You for being a memorable part of our lives.

From: Carol Lynn Freemark
Relation: Neice

RIP Auntie Ollie.

From: Lynda & Gordon Needham
Relation: Friend

So sorry to hear of Olive’s passing. She was a dear lady and a honor to know. Our condolences go out to the family

From: Cathy Fontaine
Relation: Niece

Aunty Olive was ageless. She was loving, kind and gentle and always had time to listen. She was always happiest when surrounded by her loving family. She will be so missed.

From: Marlie Brown
Relation: Staff - Kimberley & District Hospital

Olive was the most wonderful woman – I think I ever met – Her smile lit up our mornings – Our conversations wonderful – I and many always adored her – Sleep now lovely lady – xo

Service Schedule

Private service arrangements have been made.

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Kimberley Fellowship Baptist Church, 395 Marsden St., Kimberley, BC  V1A 1h3


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