Jenny Palsson (formerly Cowell)

Jenny Palsson (formerly Cowell)

August 3, 1939 (Walton-on-Thames, UK) – February 18, 2013 (Trail, BC).

Jenny was a well-known writer on local history as well as a community librarian and preschool teacher in Rossland. After first visiting the Kootenays in 1960, she moved from England with her family in 1974. Jenny was an extraordinarily active volunteer in many groups such as the Trail Historical Society and Rossland Hospital Auxiliary.

Jenny was an avid and talented knitter and loved music, reading, photography and natural history. She will be remembered for her positive outlook and innate curiosity.

Jenny is survived by husband Court Palsson; sister June Eke of Surrey, UK; daughters Elspeth (Michael) of Montreal and Morag (Greg) of Ottawa; and son Sean of Cortes Island along with his children Erin, Leif, Nahanni, Esunda and Elijah and his granddaughter Mataiya. Jenny was predeceased by husband Tony Cowell.

At Jenny’s request no service will be held. Donations in Jenny’s memory may be made to the BC SPCA at 7700 Hwy 3B Trail, BC or online at

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sun on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight.

I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there; I did not die.

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