Marian Patricia Sperling (nee Went)

November 3, 1932 – June 16, 2018
Born on November 3, 1932 Fort William (Thunder Bay) Ont. Died on June 16, Kelowna General Hospital surrounded by family. A gracious lady right to the end, she is now resting peacefully with the angels.

Predeceased by her mother Lotte, father Ken, sister Margaret, and brother Ross. Survived by sister Ruby (Norm) Paulson of Courtney.

She is also survived by loving husband of 58 years Norm, son John (Wendy) of 100 Mile House, daughter Tracy (Shel) Jacobsen of Kelowna.

She was Grandma to Norman, Ashley, Andrew, Mathew, Dayna, Kyle and Kenny. Great Grandma (GiGi) to Graysen, Thatcher, Brier, Beckett, Garrett and Leighton. Patricia Went (pun intended) west in 1955 to visit her sister Margaret in Courtney. She met the man of her dreams at a dance in Courtney and soon after the newlyweds (Feb 20,1960) were chasing the Overwaitea dream all over BC, starting in Campbell River, Nelson, Fort St John, Lake Cowichan, White Rock and finally putting roots in 100 Mile House after purchasing Martell’s Grocery. They operated as Norm’s Market, it is now known as 99 Mile Supermarket and is owned by son John.

They retired to Peachland in 1996 and Kelowna in 2005.

Many a winter was spent in the foothills of sunny Yuma Arizona.

She will be remembered as a witty intellect who seldom read a word she didn’t understand  without looking it up in the dictionary. The most recent edition of National Geographic was always by her side, she loved to play Bridge and FreeCell. Her seven grandkids were her greatest joy until she became GiGi to six more bundles of happiness.

Her favorites included the  Blue Jays, their house in Nelson, the  town of Lake

Cowichan and their 68 Thunderbird. One of her favorite quips goes as follows:

I’d rather be a could be if I couldn’t be an are

For a could be is a maybe with a chance of touching par 

I’d rather be a has been than a might have been by far 

For a might have been has never been but a has been was an are

No service by request, her ashes will be spread at a later date by family on son John’s acreage in 100 Mile House.

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