Wendy Lamond (nee Zarikoff) of Okanagan Falls, beloved wife of Jim, passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer on July 9, 2021 at the age of 61. Wendy was born January 22, 1960 in Nelson, BC to Alex Zarikoff and Catherine Pike. The family relocated to Sacramento while Wendy was very young followed by moves to Salem, Spokane and Wenatchee. In her teen years Wendy returned to Nelson, BC. Wendy spent more than 30 years in the insurance industry with ever increasing responsibility in management roles. Wendy enjoyed many great friendships in every community in which she resided including Nelson, Kamloops and the South Okanagan. After recovering from her first encounter with cancer in 2016 Wendy’s perspective on life and work changed and she embarked on a new much-loved role of working with animals at the South Okanagan-Similkameen BC- SPCA. Wendy, and her family, were proud of her hard work and determination in successfully trekking the Andes in Peru in 2019. Continuing on from that trip down to the Amazon, Wendy’s love of monkeys reached a new high as she encountered several monkeys face to face, feeding many by hand. A true highlight for her. Besides her loving husband, Jim, Wendy is survived by her adored daughter Lindsay (Brad) and granddaughters Sierra and Emma; treasured stepsons Adam (Rose) and Reese; imminent arrival of a new grandson; her loving sister Shelly; devoted mother Kay and many close aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends. Wendy was predeceased by her father Alex.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and all other care workers that assisted Wendy with special mention to Dr. Thompson, Dr. Topic and Dr. Snyman. A celebration of Wendy’s life will be held at a later date in September. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of: BC Cancer Agency (www.donate.bccancerfoundation.com), BC SPCA (www.spca.bc.ca/donations/south-okanagan) or Moog & Friends Hospice House.(www.pentictonhospice.com).
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