Kathleen Elizabeth Archibald

Kathleen Elizabeth Archibald

It is Kathy’s joy in life and thrill at adventures big and small that will be so missed. Flowers on her table, beautifully wrapped gifts, theme tea parties, aesthetically presented food, always an eye for the perfect. That kinship with all things Japanese eventually lead her to realize her dream, living in Japan for several years.

Her wanderlust also took her to Australia, New Zealand, all of Europe, Peru, Greece and Turkey. While travelling and at home, her eye for beauty captured images that are valued years later. This evolved into independent film making, leaving behind films that tell stories, are fun and others that are simply lovely. Her sense of beauty shows in the countless quilts she designed, made by hand and gave away. Forever treasures.

Her friends were swept up by Kathy’s zest for life and passion for adventure. She lived and died just as she wanted. 

Her reaction to untreatable cancer was to embrace the unknown with a flurry of lists and visits. Her friends and children followed her wishes and made the home stretch, in her words, “a blast.”

Early in the morning, March 3, with her darling Max by her side and a West Coast storm blowing outside her window, just the kind of storm she relished, Kathy gave up trying to breathe and let the wind carry away her valiant spirit.

Kathy’s daughter Chris and son Andrew, extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. Forgie and the nursing staff on the third floor at Sechelt Hospital. With their care Kathy was kept comfortable, safe and valued to the end, embracing whatever is next with a spirit of adventure. 

A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at 2 PM on May 8th at St. Hilda’s By The Sea Anglican Church in Sechelt, BC. Kathy’s family then invite those in attendance to The Seaside Centre for sharing and memories over a casual afternoon tea.

Salmon Arm Observer

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