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McGUIGAN, Katherine Isabel (nee Cox)

Died on September 2, 2016 at the age of 61. Survived by her husband Sydney McGuigan; brothers Dan Cox of Fernie, Grant (Julie) Cox of Kelowna; nephews Brad (Lindsay) Cox of Fernie, Jeff Cox of Kelowna, Andrew Cox of Fernie; niece Chelsea (Garth) Vatkin of Kelowna; step children Shelley Schwate of Red Deer, Brenda Sobolewski of Red Deer, Neil (Sam) Buss of Penticton, Craig Wittenberg of Penticton and Curtis Wittenberg of Kelowna. Kate fought a courageous battle with ALS and passed away with family and friends by her side. Throughout her journey with ALS, Kate was cared for by her loving husband and a compassionate team of caregivers. Kate was raised in Atikokan, Ontario and graduated nursing in 1975 and continued her career at KGH for over 25 years. Kate retired in 2002 and devoted her time to volunteering in the community. Kate loved camping with Syd and spending time with her yorkies, she also enjoyed crafts and quilting. A funeral service will be held on September 8th at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Society of Canada https://www.als.ca/.

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September 8th at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for McGUIGAN, Katherine Isabel (nee Cox) is scheduled for September 8th at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna BC


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  • Scott Auer says:

    In memory of my cousin Katherine. I teased you mercilessly when we were kids and wished the distance between us hadn’t be so great so I could have gotten to known you as the person you became. I could always recognize your voice when you were talking to your “Auntie”: You will always hold a special place in the heart of my mother.

    Sydney my condolences to you and my thoughts are with you and Katherine’s family

  • Elizabeth M Corrigan says:

    My memories of Katherine are few but ones that I have not forgotten. Our first meeting was at KGH where she was a pediatric nurse during years when I spent a great deal of time in the children’s ward while my son was treated for severe asthma. We had a connection as I had taught with her Aunt in Montreal. She was loving, caring and my memories of her in those days were special. A few years ago while camping at Bear Creek, a fiesty lady wheeled herself in my campsite and proceeded to ask my friend “was that Liz Corrigan”? I spent time with Katherine and Syd that evening at their camp and enjoyed the stories of mutual friends from the Cox family and their plans to drive across the country. In January of 2016 we met again at her home, shared tea and great conversation. To Syd, her beloved dogs, to Dan, Grant and all her family, my deepest sympathies. Katherine will not be forgotten and will remembered in the love she felt for her family and all children.

  • jane vannus says:

    My sincere sympathy to Kathy’s family and friends.. I’ve known Kathy first as a classmate in nursing and then as a colleague at Brandon General.. I made a trip to Kelowna with Kathy to meet her family and see beautiful Kelowna.. I loved Kathy’s zest for life, her humour, her generosity and most of all her love for all her friends and family.. Her health robbed her of some of that energy no doubt, but she was a joy to be around , so smart and so social. I will think of her especially on Thursday and will say my good byes to a life well lived.. Hugs and tears. jane

  • Donna Mitzel says:

    We will miss Kate’s beautiful energy at the support group meetings. My sincere condolences Syd & family. Donna Mitzel

  • Sandee Brown-Davidson says:

    I was a nursing school classmate with Kathy in the class of ’75. I remember her beautiful smile and her sense of humour. Sincere condolences to her family.

  • Joanne St.Onge says:

    Sending my sympathies to Kathy’s family and friends. I was a fellow nursing student with Kathy and our class was our second family and close lasting friendships occurred. I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Kathy at a class reunion and saw first hand how important family and friends were to her. So happy Kathy was able to enjoy the beauty of B.C. For as long as possible,Kathy will be missed and always shared in,our Memories!

  • Mary Bird Doughty Austin says:

    What can I say about this woman? We met when we were impressionable nursing students and shared the same floor in the nursing residence…the infamous 2E Hall. Kathy was proud of where she came from…and was an ambassador for Atikokan…a place most had never heard of. London, Ontario was our home at this time…so far away from family and friends. She was adopted into our nursing student family and shared in communal pizza meals in the hallway and survived raids by our Big Sisters. Her red hair energized her with kindness and caring. I can hear her now calling my name…Bird…with her distinctive voice. In those days, morning was not her friend…and the early morning walk down the hall consisted of ricochets off the walls. A good soul…and one who will always be in my heart and memories. Please accept my sympathies…and I hope that your shared memories carry you through this dark time.

  • Randy and Karen Gossen says:

    Our condolences….Kate was an inspiration at the ALS support group….her caring, advice and humour will be missed.

  • Doug Fyfe says:

    We knew Kate as a friendly and caring person. Condolences from the Fyfe families of Winnipeg.

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