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Kathleen Mary Walker (Baxter)

December 16, 1939 - July 20, 2021

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, Kathy at age 81.  A much loved mother, grandmother and a friend to many.  Mom accepted her recent cancer diagnosis with strength and dignity.
Mom grew up in Richmond and later Surrey.  She became a practical nurse and met our dad who lived in the room across the hall at her boarding house.  They married and raised their family in Surrey.  As a parent she was strict but also very supportive of letting us kids be kids.
Mom and Dad were married for 40 years and spent their retirement years in the Okanagan where they enjoyed travelling and visits from their grandchildren.  After Dad’s passing in 2000, mom moved back to the lower mainland and settled in Langley. There was an adjustment period getting used to living on her own, but she soon thrived making new friends in her condo building and began volunteering.
For over 14 years, Mom volunteered with, in her words “a great bunch of people” at Penny Pincher Thrift Store.  She was so proud of the funds they raised for the Langley Hospital.  She valued the friendships she made there and was so appreciative of the cards, emails and phone calls that she received from many of them after her diagnosis.
No doubt she will be remembered for her crazy sayings and her no nonsense attitude.  For years mom was like the Energizer Bunny, always on the move and really only slowed down in the last year or so. You could always count on seeing her bombing around Langley in her prized red Volvo. Boy, she loved that car!
She was so proud of her grandchildren and their many accomplishments. Probably her biggest regret about her imminent passing was that she would not be able to see more of their life stories unfold.
She was so loved and will be greatly missed by her daughters Valerie (Chris) and Pam (Mark). Grandchildren Courtney (Zach), Rachelle, Jennifer and Shayne, as well as an assortment of nieces, nephews and her good friend and cousin Allan.
There will be no service by request, but we ask that you take a moment to think about her. If it includes a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, know that she would like that.

In lieu of flowers, mom asked that if anyone wanted to make a donation, to please do so to a place that meant so much to her. The Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at:  langleymemorialhospitalauxiliary.ca

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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home

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From: Diane Mykle
Relation: Volunteered with her.

To Kathy’s family
I was sad to hear of your Mom passing, I was part of the Monday crew at PP and cherished her friendship.
She was so proud of her Grandkids as we all shared our stories.
Kath was a good friend and I miss her , we will continue to talk about her when we share our lunches.
Thinking of you all
Diane Mykle

From: Diane & Alan Lavender
Relation: Niece

Our prayers, love and thoughts are with all the family. RIP Auntie Kathy, United with Uncle Bob.

From: Karen McInnes (Biddlecombe)
Relation: Friend

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She really was like the energizer bunny. I was 12 when I use to babysit you girls. I have very fond memories of your whole family. My thoughts are with you at this very sad time.

From: Olive Biddlecombe
Relation: Friend

So sorry and shocked to to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a very dear for many years. I kept in touch with her on the phone but she never said she was sick. She will be sadly missed.

From: Judy and Dave Harrington
Relation: Friend

Reading your lovely tribute to your mom says it all. Sounds like she had a great life and beautiful family. We are sure she will be missed by all. My husband Dave and I have volunteered with her at Penny Pincher for about two years and loved her. She no doubt said it like it was but we loved that about her. You could not have asked for a more dedicated person. Our only regret was we didn’t get to say goodbye to her but also glad we had the pleasure of knowing her. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

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In lieu of flowers, mom asked that if anyone wanted to make a donation, to please do so to a place that meant so much to her. The Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at:  langleymemorialhospitalauxiliary.ca

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