Kathryn Ruth Lightheart

Dec 14, 1949 – Apr 29, 2018
Kathy was taken from us quickly in the end, after a five month journey with cancer. It broke her back, and stole her vision and her voice, but not her love of life. Only hours after enjoying the sunshine in her garden, it finally stole her breathe.

Kathy was outgoing and strong willed. She was clever and industrious, and she was kind and compassionate. She was creative, and she loved nature. Gifted with beauty, long legs, and a cheerful, infectious laugh, she could and did easily slip into conversation with everybody.

Kathy was born and raised in Hamilton, then lived in Smeaton, Sask. and Churchill, Man., before heading for Kitimat with two toddlers in tow. It was there that she met the love of her life, Don Edwards, and many other forever friends. She also proved that she could work beside the men in both industry and construction. The last move was to Nanaimo, following her love for plants. She completed the horticulture course at what was then Malasapina (VIU) and established her own gardening company. Clients of the business and customers of hers at Art Knapps, Shar kare and Diana’s will remember her as hard working and knowledgeable about all things green.

Her love for forty years, Don,will truly miss her. Also left behind are beloved son David Sotheran, and daughter Denise (Thomas) McDonald, along with cherished grandson Aldon, and her kitties. Kathy was predeceased by her father George, but left to mourn are mother Mildred, siblings and extended Lightheart/Downes family spread across the country.  She will be missed and remembered by a lifetime of good friends who brought her so much pleasure. Their great conversations, the fun and laughter, and understanding created so many wonderful memories that filled her with love.

Thanks are due to the many, many kind people that we met along the journey. The cancer clinic staff in both Nanaimo and Victoria were all very helpful and kind. As well, the staff at NRGH were true professionals and especially caring were those in the Palliative ward. Nor can we forget the homecare nurses and others that supported Kathy’s last months, and kept her as comfortable as possible. Thanks to all.

Kathy requested that she be scattered in her beloved ocean. There will be a gathering of remembrance June 16th to do so. Please contact the family for more information.

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