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Katherine Reyden

February 17, 1951 - April 16, 2022


Katherine (Katy) Reyden was born in Bassano, Alberta.  Her family emigrated from the Ukraine to Canada a few years before her birth, living and working on their family sponsors farm in Alberta before moving to the lower mainland to start a farm of their own.  Katy and her six siblings grew up with many hardships working on a chicken farm which taught her to be the strong woman she was.  Katy met her husband Doug in Prince George where she was going to university and they were married in 1971.  Doug and Katy moved to the Kootenays in 1977, settling down in Beasley on a large property to start their family.  Many days were spent landscaping the yard, creating beautiful gardens, a fish pond, boating on Kootenay Lake and generally enjoying the Kootenay lifestyle.

Katy was a gentle soul with a warm heart.  She had a love for her family which was the world to her.  She spent many days with her grandchildren taking them for walks to the river, spoiling them with yummy treats that she would bake, and giving them all the love and hugs they could ask for.  Katy was a very artistic woman and loved gardening, crafting, creating beautiful mosaics, rugs and painting pictures.  She taught at Blewett elementary school for many years, touching countless kids’ lives with her kind soul.

Katy passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer in Kaslo, BC. She was predeceased by her husband Doug in 2012 and is survived by her sons Jeff (Jodie), Mark (Kat), Brian (Tia) and 5 beautiful grandchildren Isaiah, Hayden, Nathan, Lucas and Kiera.  She was a beautiful woman and we will all miss her warm smiles and big hugs.

We would like to give a big thank you to all the kind nurses who looked after her in Nelson and Kaslo for the last month of her life.  As per her request there will be no service.


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From: Tanya Shea
Relation: I am her niece

Jeff, Mark and Brian I am so sorry for your loss. I have beautiful memories of Aunt Katy that I will hold in my heart for the rest of my days ❤️

From: Jenn Whiteley

My deepest condolences to all of you. She was a beautiful sole who touched all hearts who met her. I will cherish all the moments we spent together. Love Jenn and Pat

From: Lorry Mann
Relation: Blewett School

To Jeff, Mark and Brian and families, deepest condolences to you,
Your Mom was an amazing women who was able to be both strong and gentle at the same time, she was an important part of the Blewett community and is missed.
May you find some comfort in the many fun and fond memories and some peace in her endless love and support. Sincerely Lorry Mann and family

From: Valerie and Bill Swetlishoff
Relation: Neighbour

Our sincere condolences on neighbour Katy’s passing.

We enjoyed talking to her, when we met on our daily walks. We discussed many topics, from soup to nuts, so to speak.

From: Arlene Woods
Relation: Blewett School

Brian, Jeff, Mark and families
So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing.
She was such a lovely lady. Be strong and remember the memories.

From: Nancy Jones
Relation: Workplace friend

I am so sorry to hear of Katy’s passing. We spent many years together working at Blewett School and I have fond memories of the time spent there. I remember Jeff, Mark and Brian and the love you had for your mom and dad! Remember the weekend you had Daniel so I could escape for a little while. I know a little part of her garden was dedicated to Blewett School to remember all the kids whose lives she touched. Grade One teachers are special people and so was she.

From: Lois Lawrence
Relation: Colleague

I taught with Katy for a short time. I really wished at the time that it was longer. She was so present, pleasant and down to earth.

From: Toni Hoyland
Relation: Friend over 30 years

I am so sorry to hear about Katy. I remember a warm, intelligent woman with a great sense of humour. Katy was an amazing teacher and I was lucky to have her teach one of my daughters and also to do a teaching practicum with her at Blewett school. In her grade 1/2 classroom her students were surrounded with opportunities to learn to read and write and I was in awe of her many strategies! Katy was also a Beasley neighbour and we often met on our daily walks on the road after we were both retired. We shared our news with each other while we enjoyed the walking. I will miss you Katy!

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