February 17, 1951 – April 16, 2022
Katherine (Katy) Reyden was born in Bassano, Alberta. Her family emigrated from the Ukraine to Canada a few years before her birth, living and working on their family sponsors farm in Alberta before moving to the lower mainland to start a farm of their own. Katy and her six siblings grew up with many hardships working on a chicken farm which taught her to be the strong woman she was.
Katy met her husband Doug in Prince George where she was going to university and they were married in 1971. Doug and Katy moved to the Kootenays in 1977, settling down in Beasley on a large property to start their family. Many days were spent landscaping the yard, creating beautiful gardens, a fish pond, boating on Kootenay Lake and generally enjoying the Kootenay lifestyle.
Katy was a gentle soul with a warm heart. She had a love for her family which was the world to her. She spent many days with her grandchildren taking them for walks to the river, spoiling them with yummy treats that she would bake, and giving them all the love and hugs they could ask for. Katy was a very artistic woman and loved gardening, crafting, creating beautiful mosaics, rugs and painting pictures. She taught at Blewett elementary school for many years, touching countless kids’ lives with her kind soul.
Katy passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer in Kaslo, BC. She was predeceased by her husband Doug in 2012 and is survived by her sons Jeff (Jodie), Mark (Kat), Brian (Tia) and 5 beautiful grandchildren Isaiah, Hayden, Nathan, Lucas and Kiera. She was a beautiful woman and we will all miss her warm smiles and big hugs.
We would like to give a big thank you to all the kind nurses who looked after her in Nelson and Kaslo for the last month of her life. As per her request there will be no service.
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