Wana Florie Abel (Hann)

Wana Florie Abel (Hann)

Sept. 1915 – March 2007

In loving memory of our sister Wana, who passed away Sunday, March 4, 2007, at Kelly Care Home, Summerland, B.C.

Wana was born in Smithers in September 1915, the first born daughter of pioneer parents Addie and Ernest Hann. She attended school in Smithers, graduating from Smithers High School. She then took a job with Government Telegraphs on Main Street as a telephone operator. During the 1930s her husband to be, Wilfred Abel from Saskatchewan, came to Smithers looking for work. They married in 1939, shortly after he joined the B.C. Provincial Police Force. They moved to Alert Bay, B.C., where there daughter Winona was born. They came back to Smithers where Wilfred joined the Canadian National Railways. Their son, Wylie, was born in Smithers in 1944. Ten years later they moved to Kamloops with the CNR and lived there many years.

Upon retirement, they settled in Osoyoos, B.C., where Wana lived until 2006. Wana was an honourary member of the Bulkley Valley Museum of which her father Ernest Hann was the founder. Wana was predeceased by her husband Wilfred, parents Addie & Ernest Hann, sister Winnie Robinson, brothers Bill Hann and Lloyd Hann, daughter-in-law Lynne Abel and granddaughter Cheryl Edwards.

Wana is survived by her daughter Winona Richardson of Portland, Oregon, son Wylie Abel of Armstrong, B.C., grandsons BJ Abel of Kamloops and Carl Edwards and great-granddaughter Cherrell Edwards of Portland, numerous great-grandchildren in the USA, sisters Pearl Wall and Pat McCammon of Smithers, Raoberta Robinson of Chilliwack, B.C., nieces and nephews.

On her wishes, there will be no formal service. Wana’s remains will be interred in the Smithers Cemetery.


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