Obituary: Bruynooghe, Hannah

web-obit-bruynoogheHannah Mabel Bruynooghe (nee Harris)
April 12, 1928 — Nov. 2, 2016 (88 years)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hannah on Nov. 2, 2016 at the Nanaimo Hospital Palliative Care Unit.

Hannah was born to William and Esther Harris on the family farm southeast of Kenaston, Sask., the tenth of 12 children. She married Gilbert Brunooghe on April 12, 1947 in Oshawa, Ont., where they had moved to work. They soon returned to Saskatchewan to farm east of Kenaston a quarter-mile from Gilbert’s family farm.

Hannah was never one to shy away from hard work on the farm or lending a hand wherever she was needed along the way. She later moved to Nazko, B.C. in the late ’70s to live near her brother Walter Harris where she settled down and worked for many years before moving to the Nanaimo area on Vancouver Island. She fell in love with the area and chose to retire in her “hen house” in Stupichville, where she could enjoy the “island” life. Her passions included dancing, music, playing cards, playing Bingo and going for coffee with her friends. Some of her family’s fondest memories included: how she was light on her feet, full of laughter, fiercely independent living life “her way,” sharing her years of experience and advice and visiting with family and friends on her long travels back to Saskatchewan every year by car. Her grandchildren enjoyed summers growing up with her visiting family and friends, fishing and camping along the way. She enjoyed many years as a member of the Legion and the Moose Lodge where she enjoyed volunteering in the kitchen and attending their many dances and special events.

Hannah leaves to mourn her passing her daughter, Elaine Flylma of Olds, Alta., grandchildren Pam, Blair, Tanya and Kale; her son, Kelly Bruynooghe of Kenaston, Sask., grandchildren Ken, Rhonda, Brianne and Dillon along with five great-grandchildren. Hannah is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Don and Lois Harris of Vegreville, Alta., and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to her niece, Debbie Baggett; neighbour, Erin Daly and the entire Stupich family of Nanaimo, B.C. for their generous time, friendship, care and assistance. At Hannah’s request, there will not be a funeral service.

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