Lorna Mabel Ehl

The family of Lorna Mabel (Sterling) Ehl is sad to announce her passing on October 15, 2009 in Quesnel. She was 81 years old. She is survived by her husband of fifty-one years, Robert Ehl and her children and their spouses Jim (Millie) Donald; Ken (Debbie) Donald; Judy (Ed Smandych; and Andy (Sue) Ehl. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren: Angelique, Shawn, Michael Tisserand, Lori, Michael, Kevin (Amber) Donald, Teresa (Dave F.) Donald, and Cameron and Fraser Ehl. She was known as Nana to her great-grand children: Keltyn, Emma, and Hayden. She is survived by her sisters Maxine Smith and Alma Bettcher (Ken), sister-in-law Clara Sterling, nieces and nephews, and three brothers and two sisters-in-law.

Lorna was born August 20, 1928 near Shellbrook, Saskatchewan. She was the third child to Garnet and Mabel Sterling. She moved to BC in the early 1950s with her first husband, Bob Donald and their three children. They lived in many places from Quesnel to Lone Butte. In 1958, Lorna married Bob Ehl and had one son. The Richbar area was their home for many years. Lorna worked a variety of jobs: camp cook near Cuisson Lake, postmaster of Marguerite in the early 1960s, custodian for the hospital and the school district. Lorna was a member of the Ladies Legion Auxiliary.

Lorna Ehl had a real zest for life. She enjoyed the company of her friends. She enjoyed baking, quilting, and cooking family dinners. She always had a smile for her family, especially for her grandchildren. Grandma made many special memories for them whether it was on their farm, at their cabin on Puntchesakut Lake, or at their house. She always liked learning new things and keeping up with today’s culture. She had an interest in current events, game shows and late night talk shows, and using her computer for emailing and games. She enjoyed her many trips to the States for a little fun and excitement. Lorna had a passion for researching family history and telling stories about the past. She had an incredible life that spanned eight decades. A way to describe Lorna was that she was “young at heart” and with this mentality she lived her life to this saying.

There was a memorial tea held at the Legion Hall on October 23 to celebrated Lorna’s life. Lorna’s family would like to thank everyone for their comfort and cards during this difficult time. They would like to thank the nurses at the Hospice House for their care and the hospitality of the house itself. In lieu of flowers, any one wishing to honour Lorna’s memory may do so to the Quesnel Palliative Care Society.

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