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DYER, Judyann

Passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the age of 60.  Survived by her loving husband Rick of 28 years; her mom, Maxine Knibbs of Bow Island; brothers: Robin, Kalvin and Carey and mother and father-in-law Diane and Dan.  A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation to support the Kelowna Cancer Centre, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

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BC Cancer Foundation to support the Kelowna Cancer Centre, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3.


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The service for DYER, Judyann is scheduled for A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring.. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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  • Barb Carpenter says:

    Rick, I was so very sad when Mar told me Judy had passed away. It has been a long battle for all of you. There is nothing that can be said to ease the pain you are feeling today. Please know that I am thinking of you at this very difficult time. Accept every hug offered and share those wonderful memories with family and friends. She will be with you always.

  • Carrie Checkley says:

    Rick and family,
    So incredibly sorry for your loss. I remember Judy as such a lovely, fun and kind lady, with a beautiful and contagious smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Carrie and Gerry

  • Jackie Lindsay says:

    Rick, Heard via Andrew that Judy passed away and wanted to send my condolences and let you know my thoughts are with you. She was a great woman and will be missed by many. Take care of yourself!
    Hugs Jackie

  • jwendy johnston says:

    Godspeed Judy! Thank you for being the beautiful sunshine in our department.

  • Pat Flanigan says:

    Knibbs family and the Dyer family. So sad to hear of “Nurse Knibbs” passing. You will have lots of wonderful memories to keep her close to all of you.

  • Betty and Don Thomas says:

    Dear Rick, I am so saddened to hear that Judy has passed away. We both worked together at Foothills hospital and I have fond memories of all the good times we shared together. I’m very saddened to lose someone I hold in such high esteem. I am just so thankful for that short visit we had at KGH that day recently and wished she were feeling a little better so we could reminisce. I feel so sorry for you,Rick , who has lost such a beautiful, fun-loving, thoughtful happy wife who brought joy to everyone she met. God bless you and your family. – Betty and Don Thomas.

  • Linda and Joe Berger and family says:

    Rick and family,
    Time will heal the pain but time will keep her in your thoughts forever. May your hearts soon be filled with all the laughter and love that was so strong in Judy.

  • Denise McManus says:

    Another angel got her wings and the world was a much better place because of her. Rick you will be in my thoughts and prayers, no words will heal your tragic loss. Hugs – Denise

  • Sharon McRae says:

    Judy was my inspiration and helped me through my journey. She will forever hold a place in my heart. Rick stay strong and know she will be with you always.

  • Gordon & Margaret Blanchard says:

    We offer our sincere condolences to you Rick and also to all of Judy Ann’s extended family. Judy held a very special place in our hearts having known her since birth. We are deeply saddened.

  • Grant & Janet Putnam says:

    Rick…we are very sorry for your loss. You have lost a great lady.

    Grant & Janet

  • Susan says:

    Rick, I’m sad to know Judy has gone. It was a pleasure and an honour to know her, to care for her, and to work with her. She made a wonderful impact on everything and everyone around her, and I wish she had had more time to enjoy her family and to be enjoyed by all. A good life goes by all too quickly. All the best to you at this time of loss.

  • Lynne & Tim Arbuthnot says:

    Ricky, so very sad to hear of Judy’s passing. Thinking of you and your families at this difficult time.

  • Larry & Deb Cochrane says:

    One of the best ladies, ever. We are so very sorry for a loss that cannot be measured.
    Larry and Deb Cochrane

  • Kathy van Leur says:

    Oh Judy, I just happened across this obit and was totally shocked and saddened. I had no idea that you were ill again as we had lost touch…after you were a life saver for me and such a support through my own treatment and recovery. I’ll always hold you in high esteem and be forever grateful. You were so selfless and thoughtful. You will be sadly missed by so many….
    Thank you.

  • lynn archibald says:

    Rick-my thoughts are with you -the world will be a little less bright without Judy. Whenever I met her I always felt as though my spirits had been lifted,usually to hilarious laughter!she will be missed by everyone who had the privilege to know her.

  • Ron & Lane Shupe says:

    We are so very sorry to lose Judy. She was such a bright light to everyone who knew her and she made the world a better place for having shared herself with us.

  • Connie Kennedy says:

    Rick and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Judy was such a fun loving person. I am so blessed to have known her, she will be greatly missed.

  • Jann Harrison says:

    Rick, I know that you will be comforted by your wonderful memories of Judy and supported by your family and friends. Thinking of you at this very sad time. Jann Harrison

  • Beth Myers says:

    I am saddened Rick, to hear of Judy’s passing. The last time I saw her was when I had my knee operation two years ago, and at many station Christmas parties. She will be missed by many. One day at a time, Rick. Sorry for your loss. Beth

  • Nancy Berg and Graham Obst says:

    Rick we’re so sorry for your loss we will always remember how Judy made us smile….

  • Val & Fred Palmer says:

    Rick and Family,

    We are so incredibly sorry to hear about Judy.

    Please accept our condolences and know that we are here for you.

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out, especially during this difficult time.

  • Zeno & Sandy Cescon says:

    Rick and Knibbs / Dyer Families. Our sincere condolences on the passing of our dear friend and colleague Judy. She lit up every room and life that she entered. We are sure she will continue to shine brightly high up above us. Your and our memories will last a lifetime. God Bless !

  • Andy, Al, Cole and Sydney Beres says:

    Rick, Knibbs/Dyer Families,
    Please accept our sincerest condolences. Judy/Aunty Judy was someone so full of life and fun. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Cheryl Nixon (Fuller) says:

    Dyer/Knibbs families- My condolences to all of you- Judy was wonderful person- at work and at play. She always made me smile.

  • Donna says:

    Rick. So very sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. My thoughts are with you. Donna Bisaro

  • Jon Nishi says:

    Rick and Family

    My sincere condolences to you. Judy was a such a great and wonderful person. Thinking of you at this very sad time.

  • Donna Elliott - Toshiba/IHA says:

    Rick and family, I was so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. She was an inspiration on how to live life with integrity, humour, grace, conviction and a smile that lit up the room. I was honored to know her as a friend and colleague. Judy it is my prayer for you that you keep on shining.

  • Wendy says:

    I was in a course with Judy last year. She showed up with fresh bagels and cream cheese for everyone. It was so thoughtful and the following two days were just a pleasure working and getting to know Judy. She was full of good humor and made everyone laugh. Two days after the course she sent me a recipe via email, for a salad that was one of her favorites. I was sorry to hear that Judy passed and can only imagine what a loss she will be for the family she has left behind. Take good care and enjoy all the good memories you must have of her.

  • Claire Telford says:

    Dear Rick,
    It’s so hard to find the words to convey my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time but only to say how fortunate you are to have had such a remarkable and vibrant woman as Judy in your life. Her smile and laugh were contagious. Please know you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Troy Loney & Family says:

    Dyer/Knibbs Families – our sincerest condolences on Judy Ann’s passing. I have very fond memories of her and will never forget her smile.

  • Brett Loney says:

    My deepest condolences to Rick and to the Knibbs’ family: Maxine, Robin, Kalvin and Carey and families. I will always remember Judy as a wonderful person with an infectious smile.
    Brett Loney, Halifax

  • Dot McInnis says:

    Rick this is a monumental loss and I really am sorry. Judy was such a big part of your life and I know she made a huge difference in the lives of so many more. I always found Judy warm, positive and so full of life. She was an inspiration.

  • Janie Laroche says:

    Dear Rick, Dan, Diane and families; I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time . Sincerely Janie

  • Dixie Shirreff says:

    We are so saddened by Judy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Thinking of you daily.
    Love Dixie and Brian

  • Scott & Mary-Catherine Murray says:


    The foregoing condolence letters are a true testament to all of Judy’s excellent attributes. She most surely gave us all a good lesson on how to live, love, laugh………and entertain!
    Our hearts wail for you, having lost this beautiful soul. We know that your life will be forever changed but are glad that you, our dear friend, had shared so many of your years with such a wonderful girl at your side and hope that your life continues to be enriched by her incredible spirit.

    Rest in Peace Judyann

    Scott & Mary-Catherine Murray
    North Vancouver, BC

  • Jill (Webb) Veitch says:

    Rick, you enjoyed every moment with your beautiful Judy and she with you- we could all see that. I knew from the moment I met her that she was extraordinarily special and I kinda had to realize that you must be too, because she chose you and loved you to pieces. I am so saddened by the loss of such a bright, capable, huggable, delightful person; a friend whose spirit and example will continue to enrich the lives of those she touched. Loads of love to you as you take baby steps along the very difficult path in front of you.

  • Maureen Mclafferty says:

    To Rick and the family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of spending nine days with Judy as her climbing partner on Mt Kilimanjaro , we had such fun together. Judy was an incredibly positive person and I realized at the time how fortunate I was to have her as a climbing partner. What a tremendous loss to you Rick and to the family. She will forever be in my heart and I feel grateful to have spent the time with her that I did.

  • Desiree Miller (Daniel) says:


    I just heard the news about Judy. I remember what a strong, brave and inspiring woman she was. Thoughts are with you and your family. Sincerely, Des

  • Brenda & Gerry Alfano says:

    Rick and Mrs Knibbs and family;
    Please accept our sincere condolances over the loss of Judyann. Judy and I were xray classmates at FHHC and even though we did not see each other often,the exchange of annual Christmas cards kept us in contact over the years. I have read some of the other comments and would have to agree with all. She was a beautiful, giving person,full of fun and had a sparkly personality that attracted people wherever she went. She will always be remembered and truly missed.
    Brenda and Gerry Alfano

  • Marc Hoelscher says:

    I wish like to send my deepest condolences to Judy’s family. I had the privilege of knowing Judy for only a short time during our climb on Kilimanjaro in 2007. However, her warmth, humour and courage had an enormous impact on all of us on the climb. There were times we laughed until we cried and it felt like we all had known each other for much longer than those few wonderful days in Africa. I see by all of these comments that Judy was a truly special person surrounded by a loving family and the closest of friends. I feel blessed to have known her and she will be forever missed.

  • Roy, Mary Ann, Meghan, Scott McKenzie says:

    Rick, we are so very sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. We truely enjoyed her energy. Always fun, always genuinely interested in others. We will miss her.

  • Maureen Mclafferty says:

    Kumar, Pravin
    I salute the courage of Judy during her climb with us to Kilimanjaro.

    More impotantly, her courage to fight cancer.

    May you rest in peace. The memories of your remarkable journey will always remain with us.

    To all my fellow colleagues, let us continue our efforts to find a cure.

    Best Regards,


  • Maureen Mclafferty says:

    Babbitt, David
    I am so sad to hear this. I wonder if one of your last thoughts was Kilimanjaro? It will certainly be one of mine. Judy, “Pole pole (slow, slow)” on your climb to heaven. We will remember you.
    Dave Babbitt

  • Maureen Mclafferty says:

    FW: In memory of Judy…here are some pictures for the group‏

    This is such a nice tribute to Judy – thank you for sending this Rod and Alex.

    I also feel very fortunate to have had the chance to climb with her. I love the picture of Judy dancing. A great memory.

    CIBC Wood Gundy


  • Maureen Mclafferty says:

    Gary.mayzes our leader for Mt Kilimanjaro

    I am so sad to share this with all of you. She was an inspiration for all of us and I am so thankful we had the opportunity to share a great adventure with such an amazing woman

    Rest in Peace Judy


  • Maureen Mclafferty says:

    Humle, Per

    Thanks Rod a nice tribute from our Kilimanjaro team.

    Judy always seemed to be loving every step, every view, every flower and every note in our porter’s songs…when things are tough we should remember her battle and how she managed her climb with such joy.

    Per Humle
    First Vice President, District Branch Manager Calgary
    CIBC Wood Gundy

  • Linda and Terry O'Farrell says:

    Rick, Terry and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family.
    What a fabulous lady, we both enjoyed working with her at KGH, always smiling and in great spirits helping others which she did so well.
    Fondly remember all the times at Greystokes seeing you both so happy together and in love. A true inspiration to all of us.
    Shall miss her dearly.
    Big Hugs to you.

  • Eve Groth - Bracco Imaging says:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of Judy’s passing but happy to know she is now in a place without pain. I have known Judy for the last 13 years as a customer but also as a friend. I looked forward to visiting with her when I visited KGH and chatting with her about life in general. She was truly a good and kind person. God Bless. Eve

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