Olive Brown

November 15, 1947 - December 9, 2023

In Loving Memory

Olive Brown


It is with heavy hearts we announce that on Saturday, December 9th, 2023, Olive Brown took her last breath while surrounded by loved ones at the Kelowna Hospice House. She so looked forward to shedding her earthly body and being in the presence of her Savior.

After a long and difficult battle with ALS, Olive has been set free from her burdens and gone on to be reunited with her husband, Jim Brown (2021) and her youngest son, Nathan Brown (1976). Olive was also predeceased by her father Harry (1985) and mother Erna (2018).

Olive was born on November 15th, 1947 in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. The firstborn child of Harry and Erna Joyes, she was the eldest of seven children (siblings Andrew, Edwin, Ruth, Ken, Gayle and Edith). 

Olive worked most of her life as an X-ray technician and Pastor’s wife, retiring from Prince George Regional Hospital in 2018 at the age of 71.  She continued to minister to many others for the remainder of her life.

Olive’s greatest passion in life was to serve others. She was always cooking, caring for, giving and doing for others. She had a huge heart for missions and spent much time organizing goods to be sent overseas. Olive loved music – playing the piano and organ and singing.  Other hobbies included sewing, cross stitch and reading.  Dozens of quilts sewn by Olive were sent overseas to those in need, which gave Olive great joy.

Olive is survived by her six siblings; Andrew (Helen), Edwin, Ruth, Ken (Donna), Gayle (Garry) and Edith (Steve); her sons, Jim (Crystal) and Owen (Carly); her grandchildren Mitchell (Carissa), Nathan, Maddisen (Marcus), Isaiah, Kerrianne, Jimmy, Elijah and Halle; and great grandchildren Silas, Milo and Rose. She is also survived by her “adopted” children.

Given that Olive touched many lives near and far, the family will be holding a memorial service in the spring 2024 when it is safer for all to travel to Kelowna. Details will be sent out once they become available.

Donations in Olive’s honour can be made to:

Black Buffalo Global Missions (Ugandan orphanage)

Via https://www.evangelfsj.com/give

Donations should be designated to EV Mission BBGM.

Olive will be deeply missed by many near and far but we know we will see her again one day.

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-766-4400

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-766-4400

10058 BC-97 #1B,
Lake Country, BC V4V 1P8

E: [email protected]

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Comments: 9

  1. Sharon Pinchbeck says:

    Our condolences to a beautiful, Godly, fine example of someone who led by example, woman. The family, naturally and spiritually, will indeed miss her. Her and Pastor Jim will forever be in our hearts. Our loss but Heaven’s gain. Love and prayers to all the family. See you when we see you, most likely in the spring, perhaps before for some. This is Larry for both Sharon and I. We love you folks.

  2. Bernie Prediger says:

    Holly and I will forever love you and cherish you Olive (Mom) and miss you dearly knowing your at perfect rest with Jim (Dad)gives us both comfort and hope in seeing you both again one day ❤️❤️🙏🙏

  3. Twyla Beetlestone says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Olive will be missed but we can be glad she suffers no more. Love Twyla

  4. Donna Fuller says:

    I first met Olive at my dad’s building when i was assisting my father at Gordon Park Housing. She was always a caring and thoughtful neighbor who frequently brought the seniors in the building healthy hot meals to their door. Also her husband Jim thoughtfully came to visit my father at brants creek home once he was no longer able to live on his own. Both Jim and Olive were stand up Christians who always walked the walk, always thinking of others before self. They touched a lot of hearts many. I am glad they are now reunited and grateful i met such fine people as them in my lifetime. They will both be greatly missed. Until we meet again my friends….. Many condolence to the family. …..Donna Fuller.

  5. Rod and Jo Anne Watson says:

    Rod and I met Olive at our ALS support group. What a lovely caring woman. She was always concerned about how everyone else around her was doing. We will truly miss her.

  6. Esther & Glenn Rhind says:

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of your mom. We thoroughly enjoyed having your mom at Park housing. She was a blessing to all the residents there.

  7. Wally Benson says:

    I got to know Olive in 2020, and was so impressed with all the work she did for others in and around our building, and all the stuff she collected to be sent to the needy in many countries. she was a very giving person and I am thankful to her and to God for the working relationship we had. I have to mention that when I had my heart attack in September 2022, Olive drove me to emergency, which I know was of God and her giving spirit. I could never thank her enough. Someday we will be together in heaven!
    Lovingly Wally

  8. Myrtle Williams says:

    My sympathy to all Olives family Members. I pray that the Lord will comfort you and give you peace.
    Treasure the many wonderful memories!

  9. Grace Hovis says:

    So sorry to hear of Olive’s passing., yet rejoicing she is home with her beloved husband, pastor Jim & her dear son. Forever with Jesus., our blessed hope. Till we meet again.
    Our condolences to her family.
    She was a beautiful soul and precious lady., whom we loved her dearly. 🩷

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