Darlene Cennon

Darlene Cennon


It is with profound sadness that we announce our mother, Darlene’s, passing. Mom left us on February 28th 2014, in Nakusp, BC where she and Jack had made their home for the past 9 years. She left with all of us in her heart and she will always be in ours. There to meet Mom on the other side were her parents; Frank Peter Lindberg and Ellen Ingaborg (Johnson) and all of her beloved nine brothers, our father, Jack Harris and her granddaughter Bonnie Elizabeth Harris, and of course, her much loved Treena and Buddy “the Boid.”

Darlene was born October 11th 1925, her father’s birthday, the youngest and only girl, of ten children. She was born on the family farm in Dundurn, Saskatchewan, and at the same time, a foal was coming into the world in the barn. She always said the boys were more interested in the horse than the new baby. That attitude would change when the baby turned out to be “Sister”, as they called her. Darlene was the apple of her Daddy’s (and brothers’) eye. Darlene went to country school in the Dundurn area, and then on to Technical School in Saskatoon, where she earned a secretarial diploma. Darlene married John Alexander Harris on May 4th 1946 in Saskatoon and they immediately moved east and started their family in Toronto. Soon after, they moved to Montreal where they welcomed seven more children into the mix. In 1973 Darlene became a widow and soon found that she longed for the Prairies, so in 1976 moved to Saskatoon. Darlene was a professional secretary and worked for The Potash Corporation of America until her retirement in 1992. Soon after, she moved farther west, to Canmore, AB. In 1996 she was reunited with her beau from before WWII, J.J.Cennon. They were married in Canmore on May 3rd 1997. They left Canmore and moved to Nakusp, BC in 2005.

The past 9 years have been spent in Nakusp, where they settled in and enjoyed the Seniors’ Serenaders and the many activities of the Seniors’ Club. Darlene participated in Yoga, Tai Chi and was active with the museum for a time. Mom loved her flowers and the walk along the waterfront…and fish on Tuesday nights at Chumley’s.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Jack Cennon, Nakusp, BC., sister-in-law Jean (Bob) Lindberg, Middle Lake, SK. Her eight children: Jay (Janet) Harris, Banff, AB, Mary Ellen Harris (Colin Kowal), Nakusp, BC, Tom (Pat) Harris, N.Van, BC, Sas Harris, Montreal, QC, Robert Harris, Montreal, QC, Elisabeth (Richard) Wallace, Baie D’Urfe QC, Barbara Harris (Bob Stagg), Lachute, QC, Lynda Frasz (Murray Penny) Regina, SK. She also leaves 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren who knew and loved her well.

We will all be gathering with relatives, friends and families on the 19th of July at the Seniors’ Centre in Nakusp and we would like to extend an invitation to all who knew Darlene to come and celebrate her life.

The Harris Family

In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully accepted in Memory of Darlene E. Cennon to Minto House Residents Council, Minto House, c/o Arrow Lakes Hospital, Box 87, Nakusp, BC V0G 1R0

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