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Verna Payne

September 24, 1948 - August 7, 2014


It is with great sadness that we announce that Verna passed away peacefully Aug. 7, 2014 after a brief but courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Verna was pre-deceased by her parents, Gerry and Betty Valleau. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 46 years, Brian, their children and grandchildren, Marilyn Neufeld (Bernie) – Tessa, Holly; Rob Payne (Sandra) – Curtis, Megan, Jenna; sister Jean Valleau, sister-in-law Karen Simmons (Wade), brother-in-law Cal Payne (Patty); the extended Payne & Valleau families and many good friends. Verna was born Sept. 24, 1948 in Victoria BC, but grew up and attended school in Duncan. Verna & Brian lived and raised their family in Duncan & Ladner before moving to Ottawa. Upon retiring in 2006, they returned to Duncan and the Payne family home on Gibbins Road. Verna quickly became involved in the Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital, serving on the Executive and was active in establishing, then enjoyed volunteering at the Thrift Store (HATS). Over her life, Verna worked as a bank teller, florist and school bus driver. Although her life was too short, it was very full. Verna enjoyed time at the family cabin at Sunshine Valley, cruising on their boat the Khenipsen, extensive travels, camping, fishing, golfing, sewing, quilting and watching her children & grandchildren grow and participate in their various activities.

Verna and family are thankful for the exceptional care provided by Family Physician Dr. Rossouw, the medical professionals at Cowichan District Hospital, at the Victoria Cancer Clinic and the Patient Care Centre, Royal Jubilee Hospital, esp. Drs. Attwell, Cohen, Mazgani, Savage & Smatinova and Palliative Care Dr. Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, it was Verna’s wish that donations be made to the Auxiliary of the Cowichan District Hospital or the CDH Foundation. A celebration of Verna’s life will be held on Thurs, Aug. 21, 2014, 1pm-4pm at the Quw’utsun Cultural Centre, 200 Cowichan Way, Duncan BC.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Coles, Webber, Magill, Genereux and Thuncher Family
Relation: Friend, Sister.

Brian, Rob, Marilyn and the Payne family:

We are in a state of shock and overcome with grief for your family.

Our lives were enriched by Verna and we know she was admired by everyone she touched. Verna was great Sister and she will be warmly missed.

We will see you soon.

With much love and Solidarity,

Dave, Karon, Josh, Jennifer and our families.

From: Dave, Barb and Andrew Schaub
Relation: Friend

Brian and Family

You have lost a wife, partner, friend and mom whose memories will remain with you forever. As Barb and I were talking last night, we agreed that we will miss Verna’s smile, laugh and friendship.

Our thoughts are with you all.

From: Gisele Pageau
Relation: Friend

Brian and family… I was absolutely shocked to hear about Verna’s passing. She was truly one-of-a-kind and I will always remember her laughter and sense of humour. She was such a gentle soul! Please accept my sincerest condolences.

From: linda Sorensen
Relation: work

So sorry to hear about your loss Brian. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Linda Sorensen Local 592

From: Andy Ross
Relation: Worked with Brian

Brian, please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.I wish you and your family all the best, and hopefully we will see each other in the near future. Andy.

From: John Shields
Relation: I worked with Brian

Brian, I was filled with compass for you when I learned of the death of Verna. The loss of your life’s love is renting and hard to bear. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time, but as someone who has lived through the grief of loss, the pain will ease.

From: Isabel Rigolet
Relation: Worked with Brian

Brian, so sorry for your loss

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
August 21, 2014
Beginning at 4:00am

Qwu''utsun Cultural Centre
200 Cowichan Way
Duncan, BC Canada

200 Cowichan Way
Duncan, BC Canada

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