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Celebration of life set for Kelowna woman presumed drowned in flooded creek

Chelsea Cardno, 31, and her dog JJ are seen in this submitted photo. A celebration of life service will be held for Cardno.

A celebration of life will be held next week for the 31-year-old Kelowna woman who was presumed to have drowned in Mission Creek during flooding last month.

Authorities believe Chelsea Cardno and her German shepherd JJ were swept away by the raging creek, June 15, while on a walk along the Mission Creek Greenway.

Her body was found by a farmer, June 24, adjacent to the waterway. Her dog wasn’t located. Kelowna RCMP have said no criminal investigation will be conducted and investigation into her death had been turned over to the B.C. Coroners Service.

READ MORE: No criminal investigation after body of Kelowna woman found

Cardno was born in Kelowna and graduated from Kelowna Secondary school. She moved to Calgary where she earned rehabilitation assistant diploma before returning to Kelowna, according to her obituary.

Family and friends remember her as a bright light with a huge smile and a contagious laugh.

She went missing doing what she loved, walking and playing fetch with her dog JJ, her family said and hopes they are together watching over them.

A celebration of Cardno’s life will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Springfield Funeral Home at 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna.

In lieu of flowers, the family have asked for a donation to Paws It Forward Dog Rescue in honour of Cardno and JJ.

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