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Linda Susan Zahara

December 5, 1953 - June 19, 2020


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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From: Pat and Gordon

Gordon and I are so very sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. I remember her and Dennis dancing in the Zahara’s yard I think before they were married. Her long blond hair swinging out behind her, boy could they dance. Linda was such agentle person so kind to all and always smileing. R.I.P. Linda. You are all in our prayers, Pat and Gordon Basaraba

From: Jan Johnston

My deepest condolences to you Dennis and your family. I never knew Linda but you always spoke so lovingly of her, I felt I knew her through you. Now she is free from disease and can return to her beautiful healthy self in heaven. I hope your family and good memories of Linda will help you through these difficult days.

From: Wayne North

So sad to hear of Linda’s passing. The Alpaugh and North families send their deepest condolences . Margaret first met Linda at the Red Top Motel that her parents owned when the Everstons moved to Kelowna in the mid 50’s. Linda was just a toddler when they lived at the motel for a few months. The Alpaugh family took those sweet little girls – Linda and her sisters under their wing and treated them like family

I first met Linda when she was 17 and it wasn’t long before she was working at the Tastee-Freez . This beautiful girl was part of our family and business for a number of years. During that time Linda worked with our children Kelly and Sheldon and my brother in law Ken. They all wanted to work when Linda was on shift. She was so kind and beautiful inside and out. So many good memories about working with her. I often picked her up for work or drove her home but many times she would say “ oh I think I will walk home” now that’s quite a trek from south Pandosy to the north end after a day on your feet.
Then Dennis came on the scene and Linda fell in love.
It was a very proud moment for me when Linda asked me to walk her down the isle .

Margaret and Wayne North

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