Zana Hayworth

The family of Zana Hayworth sadly announce her sudden passing, early in the morning,

on Monday, November 24, at her home.

Mom was a much loved and respected member of the Quesnel Community, a dedicated mother and grandmother, and a mom to many of our friends as well. Mom had many friends in Quesnel and was active as a volunteer in many organizations.

Mom was born on August 25, 1925 in Truax, Saskatchewan, one of 13 children born to Dan and Rachael Popp. Growing up on the farm, mom wore many hats and she was very proud of becoming a “darn good farmhand,” to her father during the war when 5 of her brothers were serving overseas.

In 1943, Zana went to Tisdale, Saskatchewan to pursue a nursing career. In 1946 she met Don Hayworth while nursing his mother. After a whirlwind romance, Don and Zana were married on December 17, 1946 at the family farm at Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan.

They pre-empted a quarter section of land and started farming near Erwood, Saskatchewan. Their first four children were born here, Sharon, 1947, Char 1950 and Peggy & Penny 1952. After 6 years of poor weather and crop failures they decided to leave farming.

In 1953 Don and Zana moved their kids and belongings to B.C., settling in Burnaby. Zana worked at Melrose Park Hospital and Don at Alaska Pine saw- mill. Their 5th daughter Kaye was born here in 1954 and son Donald in 1959.

After a fire at Alaska Pine sawmill in 1966, they once again packed up kids and belongings and moved to Quesnel, B.C. They bought a house in Richbar and Zana worked at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital, where she mentored many a young nurse and doctor. Zana became a valuable and well respected member of the nursing staff.

When Don Sr. died in 1989, Zana moved to a smaller home in Dragon Lake, where she lived until her passing.

Zana is predeceased by her husband Don Hayworth Sr., son-in-law, Peter Sydenham, daughter-in-law Millie Hayworth, and great grandson Tristan Buckland, seven brothers and 4 sisters. Zana is survived by her sister Eugenia Letteney, daughters; Sharon(Bob)Beedle; Char (Fred) Harder; Peggy Hamel; Penny Hayworth; Kaye Nome and Son Don Hayworth Jr.. Grandchildren Steve Beedle, Christina(Fadil)Kurshmilu, Laurie (Byron) Johnson, Rachael (Sebastian) Sydenham-Wang, Kevin Hamel, Michael Nome, Crystal (Wayne) Thompson, Laura (Mark) Bowes, Ben Hayworth and Joe Hayworth. Great Grandchildren Gibson, Lukas, Christopher, Mumeh, Ndueh, Daniel, Angel, Angie, Jasmine, Genevieve, Jada, Misty, Izzy, Kaylynn, Aurora, Dean, Tyler and Zachary. Great Great Grandchildren Madisyn and Darius. Numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.

Our family would like to thank Percy and Bev Burgess for their continuous love and support which helped mom remain independent. We would also like to thank her care givers who helped her be more comfortable and able to stay in her own home. Mom considered you all her family.

There will be a Celebration of Mom’s life in the spring where friends and family can come together to honor our mother’s life. Please bring stories, as we all love to hear them.

We will miss you Mom.


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