Anna Maj Young (Bourgh)

May 7, 1941-December 2, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Anna Maj Young. Anna Maj was born on May 7th, 1941 in Bridesville BC at the Boyo farm to Margareta and Carl Bourgh. Anna Maj spent her childhood years on the Bourgh Farm with her 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Being the 6th of 9 children her days were filled with gardening and hauling water in the warmer months and hauling wood in the colder months.

At the age of 17, end of grade 10, Anna Maj moved to Osoyoos BC, where she lived with Greta Charlton (her cousin), to work in the Osoyoos bakery. When she had earned enough money she rented her first apartment above Marshall Wells Store. After several years Anna Maj decided, with her good friend Sylvia (Brown) Holm, to head to Calgary AB. After having no luck at finding jobs there Anna Maj and Sylvia found summer employment at the first Western Canada Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Banff AB. After their unforgettable summer in Banff, the two friends moved back to Osoyoos for a short stay. Then the two moved to Victoria BC where Anna Maj found work at the Stevenson Shoe Repair Shop. In the following years Anna Maj got a job as a nurse’s aid. It was through this job that Anna Maj met her husband, Les Young, of nearly 50 years at a Naval Ships Company ball. Life for ever after that dance would be changed and within a year the two were married in 1964. Les and Anna Maj lived for 3 years in Victoria and then moved to Alberta, where they lived several years in both Calgary and Edmonton where Anna Maj worked as a nurse’s aide once again. It was in Alberta where they began their family and had 2 daughters, Jody and Kim.

Looking for better weather they moved to Vernon where Anna looked after the girls. Eventually they moved to Armstrong where Anna Maj and Les bought a small acreage in Spallumcheen. Anna Maj held several jobs from working at the Grand View Flats potato plant to cutting up chickens at Colonial Farms.

Anna Maj volunteered many hours of her time supporting her two daughters as they grew up. She became an assistant 4-H Swine Club leader and spent time at the IPE with the Armstrong 4-H Swine Club.

In December of 1990 Anna Maj began her journey working at the Kindale Developmental Center. Anna Maj ran the kitchen at Kindale for many years creating Friday Lunches, buckets upon buckets of cookies, butter tarts, shortbread and Christmas Dinners for the clients and their families.

Anna Maj was fuelled by her husband’s adventuresome spirit, they travelled to many destinations such as Indonesia, Hawaii, and the Cook Islands. They spent many Sundays going for drives through the mountains on back roads, enjoyed road trips to Vancouver Island, and several trips through the United States.

Ten years ago Anna Maj wondered if Armstrong could handle another Thrift Store besides the Hospital Auxiliary Bargain Bin. After Sun Country Cable donated the building to Kindale Anna Maj and her two sisters, Rita and Inge, tore down walls with just a hammer and crow bar. They mixed all the gallons of paint that they could find and painted every surface in the building. Anna Maj and volunteers continually hiked up and down the two flights of stairs sorting and storing all the donated items. It wasn’t long before Anna Maj had spear headed the opening of the Kindale Thrift Store. After several years, Anna Maj with her two sisters took on moving, by hand, the entire Kindale Thrift Store to its current location. Anna Maj loved working at Kindale she remained working well past retirement age. At the age of 68 she retired to begin her dream job of playing with her three grandchildren.

Anna Maj is survived by her sisters Inge (Andy), Rita, and Elsa, her brothers Lenord (llona), John, Gus (Marie), and Sven. Anna Maj is also survived by her daughters Jody and Kim and her son in law Hiapo along with her three grandchildren Kalani, Kea and Koa.

Anna Maj had a passion for living and a great love of socializing with her friends and family. Anna Maj touched the lives of many and will be missed by all those who knew her. Her infectious laugh, gentle demeanour, caring soul and overzealous desire to decorate for Christmas will be remembered by all. Anna Maj’s family and friends meant to world to her.

A Celebration of Anna Maj’s life will be held on December 20th, 11am at the Armstrong Bible Chapel. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Pleasant Valley Manor Recreation Department. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at

Cremation arrangements entrusted to


Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

Vernon Morning Star

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