July 8, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
Our beautiful Wendy Guimont, aged 65, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2023 in the comfort of her home surrounded by family. She fought a courageous battle against Stage 4 pancreatic cancer; inspiring us all with her strength and bravery.
Wendy was born to Don and Betty Rankin in Nanaimo, BC. She went on to achieve her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Victoria. For over 45 years, she taught piano to over 2000 students, trained hundreds of teachers, and was the MYC coordinator for Western Canada and California.
Wendy was also the resident pianist for the East Kootenay Symphony, the Sun Valley Song Choir and the Chair for the EKMTA for many years.
On August 9, 1980 Wendy married Rod Guimont. They had two beautiful daughters, Penny and Gina, and settled in Cranbrook, BC. In recent years, Rod and Wendy then became grandparents; this was a gift that Wendy cherished more than anything.
Wendy survived a previous fight with cancer in 2007, which inspired Rod and her to live life to its fullest. They spent many blissful years at their home in Riondel, enjoying golf, hiking, fishing, biking and spending time with their wonderful West Kootenay friends. Their winters were spent RVing in the south.
Wendy’s legacy of gratitude, joy, positivity, unlimited work ethic and immense strength will forever be remembered by everyone whose lives she touched.
Wendy is preceded by her father, Don Rankin and sister, Penny.
She is survived by her mother, Betty Rankin, husband Rod, daughters Penny (Jeff) and Gina (Jared), and four grandchildren, Laine, Ella, Esmae and Bodie.
The family would like to thank Dr. Lowden and the Oncology team at the EKRH, the home-care nurses, and all the friends and family who have supported them throughout this 17 month battle.
In lieu of flowers, at Wendy’s request, donations can be made to the East Kootenay Music Teacher’s Association at: https://everloved.com/life-of/wendy-guimont/
A Celebration Of Life will be held at the Cranbrook Alliance Church on Friday, August 11th at 1:00 pm MDT.
Colourful and bright attire encouraged!
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