Obituary of Tutta McLennan
TUTTA MCLENNAN (nee Holt)
Our loving Mom's life journey peacefully ended August 9th. Fittingly it was Sunday - her favorite day. Marit and Tor were at her side till her final breath. She was definitely the heartbeat of our family. As if on cue, Mom's sisters in Norway called to share their thoughts -moments before she passed.
Tutta is predeceased by her husband, Alan (2006); son, Ken (2019); & grandson, Alistair (1999).
Survived by Daughter, Marit (family: Devin/Lyndia/Skyler/Ethan; Dustin; Kirk/Hailey/Harper; Alexandra) and Son, Tor & wife Myrna (Nathan); Daughter-in-law, Kari; and Ken's Daughter, Adriane & husband Travis (Emme). Also, 3 sisters (Eli, Margrethe, Aasgard) and brother, Hermod in Norway. Plus countless nieces, nephews & cousins in Canada, Scotland and Norway.
Born in Trysil, Norway 90 years ago, Tutta was eldest of 9 kids. After pediatric training in Oslo, Mom accepted an assignment in Nairobi, Kenya. By 1954 she was married to Dad (Alan) and started a family. After 13 yrs in Kenya, our family of 5 immigrated to Canada. Mom was taken by the charm of Ontario, but the urge to be closer to family drew us to BC. Now Mom could join our family with her siblings' families - Astrid (Lars Fossberg) and her youngest brother, Bjorn (Ann).
For the next 50 yrs, Mom set strong roots in the Cariboo. Her infectious laugh, ready smile & amazing story telling touched everyone she met. Hence, she self-proclaimed herself the "Queen of the Cariboo".
The past years we repeatedly discussed moving Mom closer to family. However, she was so practical, as well as, attached to the community that she couldn't leave.
Mom was determined to live independently and couldn't bear the idea of moving from her house. True to her wishes, God's house was her last move. Mom will be forever missed.
"Thru her guidance & values, Mom lives on in us"
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Tutta's memory to either the
GR Baker Hospital Auxiliary (c/o GR Baker Memorial Hospital)
or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #94 in Quesnel.
Update to Service Details:
An inurnment is planned for Tutta's ashes at Tranquility Gardens in Quesnel in the Spring/Summer of 2021. Details will be announced once arrangements are confirmed.
Marit and Tor have arranged an outdoor event this Friday to allow those that wish to pay their respects.
Family, friends and acquaintances are welcome to join the car procession from Clayton’s funeral home to Quesnel cemetery at 10am on Friday, August 14th.
We will gather at the Tranquility Gardens for a meet and greet till 11:30am (weather permitting).