Lillian Bernice (Bernie) Swanson

Lillian Bernice (Bernie) Swanson

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bernie Swanson on February 21, 2015. Bernie was born on June 28, 1927 in Saskatchewan. She moved to the Trail area in 1948.

She had a long and fulfilling career at the Trail Regional Hospital lasting over 25 years. She was valued for her professionalism, helping hands and compassionate heart. Bernie was an avid gardener with a green thumb we all envied.

She was a passionate painter and member of the VISAC Gallery, the Naturalist Club, Daughters of the Nile, Eastern Star, Rotary Anne’s, and a volunteer with Hospice.

Bernie spent the last four years of her life at Columbia View Lodge. She could be heard singing her songs and was much loved by residents and staff alike.

She is survived by her daughters; Glenda, Charlene (David), Leslie (Rick), and son Murray (Gaylene), seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson, her sisters Ruby and Hazel and numerous nieces and nephews. As well as stepchildren Ken (Suzi), Carol, and their families. Bernie was predeceased by her first husband Wynn Allen (Bud) Walsh and husband George Swanson.

The family would like to express their appreciation to all the staff at CVL for their care and kindness throughout her stay.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Trail Alliance Church, 3365 Laburnum Dr., Trail BC at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 28, 2015 with Reverend Ken Siemens officiating. Jordan Wren of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

Donations in Bernie’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC at 300-828 W. 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1E2 or online at

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