Cora BREEN

BREEN, Cora Marguerite (nee Piercy) Cora Marguerite Breen (nee Piercy) of Kelowna, BC passed away peacefully Monday, January 23, 2006 at Cottonwood Extended Care Facility in Kelowna at the age of 80 after a lengthy battle with dementia. Cora was born in Churchbridge, SK on September 5, 1925, one of three daughters born to Harry Piercy and Edith Paget. Cora married Gordon Breen of Yorkton, SK on May 25, 1950 and soon moved to Oliver, BC to help manage Breen's Grocery Store. During their years in Oliver, their family grew to include sons Randy (1956) and Rob (1959). They sold the business and moved to Edmonton where Gordon found work in the food business with Loblaws Groceries Ltd., and Cora raised the boys. In 1963, Gordon was transferred to Red Deer as store manager and Cora became a part time secretary in the Red Deer Public School system. During this time she enjoyed swimming, bowling, golf and singing in the local group, the Waska-sues. In 1968, the family moved back to Edmonton, with Cora continuing employment as a secretary with Eastglen High School. By the late 1970s, with the boys grown, Gordon and Cora became owner – operators of the IGA in St. Paul, AB where they resided until 1986. Upon their retirement, they moved to Kelowna and enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, and involvement with the retirement community of Sunrise Village until the time of Gordon's passing in 1993. Cora remained a resident and good friend to many in Sunrise Village until health reasons forced her relocation to Hawthorne Park in 1997. Her parents and one sister, Thelma Kurucz of Esterhazy, predeceased her. She is survived by her sister, Eva (Gordon) Dean of Winnipeg, sister-in-law Caroline (Ted) Crosby of White Rock and two sons, Rob of Calgary and Randy (Debbie, Alexander) of Nelson as well as many relatives and friends scattered across the continent. A celebration of Cora's life will be held on Friday, January 27 at Valleyview Funeral Home in Kelowna. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Canadian Alzheimer Foundation.


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