Linda Susan Zahara

December 5, 1953 ~ June 19, 2020 (age 66)


It is with great sadness but fond memories that  the family of Linda Susan Zahara announces her passing at Cottonwoods Extended Care in Kelowna, B. C. on Friday morning, June 19 2020 after a 41 year struggle with MS. Linda is survived by her loving husband Dennis Zahara of 43 years of marriage, two children; daughter Jenny Beston, (Jason Beston - ex) and son Peter Zahara ( Deannie Zahara) , all of Kelowna. Linda Is also survived by sister Darlene Gagnon (Hubert Gagnon) of Kelowna, two sisters, Anita Everston and Bonnie Everston from the Vancouver Island area and two sisters Robyn Raynor, and Penny MeGregor ( ne - Raynor) from Victoria, BC. Linda is also survived by her sister-in-law Judy Spencer of Peachland, BC, and brother-in-law Randy Zahara (Sandra Zahara) of Kelowna, BC.  Linda (Nana) is also survived by her five beautiful grand children, all of Kelowna, Jordan Beston, Jacob Beston, Elora Zahara, Mya Zahara & Alyssa Zahara. Linda will also be sorely missed by her many nephews and nieces from all around BC and Alberta. Linda is predeceased by her youngest sister Lori-Anne Vanesse  (Doug Vanesse) of Calgary. She is also predeceased by her mother Evelyn Everston of Kelowna and father Robert Raynor of Victoria, BC. 

Soon after she was born in Nanaimo BC Linda moved with her family to Kelowna where she spent her childhood growing up with four of her six sisters. At age 24 Linda married Dennis Zahara of Kelowna, BC. In 1978 Linda and Dennis  had two baby's born in that same year: Jenny, born in Victoria and Peter born in Kelowna. Linda raised her babys  and eventually got a job at the Hudson's Bay company where she worked for the next 11 years. Linda was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1979 but still managed to raise her two children, work five days a week at the Hudson Bay and look after many cats and dogs that were aquired as pets over the years. Linda had many close friends and was an active member of the Bay Beaver Club and Dee's Dolly's, an MS support group of ladies who got together during MS functions and fundraisers. Linda has finally succumbed to this terrible disease after battling it for so long and so hard. She lived with the disease for over 41 years, the last 18 of which she lived in Cottonwoods Extended Care since January 2002.  Linda will be missed by many of the staff and residents that have gotten to know her over the many years she has spent with them. Linda will be forever remembered for her kindness, grace and beautiful smile. May she finally rest in peace. 

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