Passed away peacefully at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013 at her home with family members by her side. Burdena was born in West Branch, Nova Scotia on May 15, 1912, daughter of Robert and Margaret (MacLeod) Rae. She was predeceased by her first husband Robert Sutherland; second husband Kenneth Cowan; daughter Margaret and son Hugh. She is survived by her son James (Audrey) Sutherland of Bedford, N.S.; daughters Janette (Hugh) Matheson of Vancouver and Lorna (George) Alexander of Delta, B.C.; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Mount Pleasant Funeral Home, 306 East 11 Ave. Vancouver with burial to follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver. Condolences or tributes may be sent by visiting www.mountpleasantfuneral.com.