LIEN, Gunda Ingeborg January 30th, 1908 - April 4th, 2014 Gunda Lien was born in Ringebu, Norway, the youngest of 9 children of Knut & Pernilla Svendsen. In 1916 her mother died and at the age of 8 she traveled with her father and 4 of her siblings to New Brunswick, Canada, via Ellis Island, N.Y. Gunda lived in New Brunswick until as a young woman she moved west, first residing in Saskatchewan, then Alberta and finally B.C., for the past 72 years. She and her husband Karsten raised 3 children in Kimberley, B.C. After Karsten's death Gunda moved to Tsawwassen to be closer to family. Gunda was a woman of great spirit, making friends easily with her quick wit and caring manner. She loved to cook and insisted 'you stay to dinner'. There was always room for more at her table. She often said, "If there is room in the heart there is room in the home." During WW11, she often shared the family rations in care packages for overseas. Still, her family never seemed to go without. Always optimistic she showed great courage and strength during hard times and great joy during good times. Gunda was the matriarch of a large family and she was 'hands on' and an inspiration to every one of them, encouraging them to be the best they could be. Her summers were busy welcoming grandchildren to bake cinnamon buns and pick berries for her delicious pies. Gunda's birthday parties became legendary within the family right up to her last celebration at 106 years. Gunda passed away at KinVillage. She was predeceased by her husband Karsten (1987) daughter Patricia (2003) and son-in-law Hugh Morris (2012).She is lovingly remembered by her son Bill (Ruth) Ratcliffe of Victoria, daughter Alice (Stan) Owen of Lynden, Wa. 7 grandchildren and spouses, 14 great grandchildren and 12 great great grand children and their respective families and many relatives in Norway. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to KinVillage (Kinsmen), 5410 10th Ave, Delta, B.C. V4M 3X8.
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Published in The Delta Optimist from May 2 to May 3, 2014