Aug 07, 2022

It was Gramma Katie’s time

We last saw Gramma Katie on July 14th. She was not well which is why we made a quick visit to the coast. Katie went into hospice on July 29th and passed yesterday, August 6th just after 4AM. She will be forever loved by us and we miss her more than words can convey. So many memories.

July 22, 2010. We were staying in Point Roberts, Washington for a few days when Katie and Louie surprised Colin in his birthday. It was a double celebration as Katie’s birthday was the next day.


April 2011. Katie loved to feed humans and animals alike.

April 17, 2012. Our first stop back in Canada was to see Katie and Louie. Katie and I really enjoyed our wine.

Every time we got together ( whether here in Kelowna or at their home in Tsawwassen ) wonderful memories were created. Taken 2013.

Back cover 2019 calendar, photos taken on April 18, 2014.

With Carmeh and Carlie in 2016.

Katie exuded love. Not sure when this was taken.

July 26, 2021, we visited Katie and Louie to introduce them to our twins who were 6.5 months at the time. Katie was so delighted to see Carlie and Ceila, that smile never left her face.

Photos taken during our July 2021 visit. This collage is the back page of our 2022 calendar.

We took many photos during this last visit ( July 14, 2022 ) with Gramma Katie. You can click on the link at the top of this post if you wish to see some of them.

This visit was so bittersweet.

Gramma Katie turned 90 on July 23rd.

Two weeks latter she left this world. However we know that she is up in the heavens surrounded by all those who have loved her over the years and of course by hundreds upon hundreds of animals that she has cared for. Gramma Katie you will always be in our hearts and minds.



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36 Responses to “It was Gramma Katie’s time”

  1. Sandie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss but it was heavens gain. Hugs

  2. Our deepest Condolences on your loss.

  3. Dolores Tanner says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Know all to well how even losing a very dear friend, altho not “family” really is family and missed dreadfully… Take Care and God Bless

  4. SandyM says:

    So very sorry, prayers of comfort, peace and understanding.

  5. Rae says:

    So sorry for your loss. *hugs*

  6. Cat in KC says:

    So sorry for your loss Contessa and Colin. BIG (((Hugs)))

  7. Jim and Barb says:

    Sounds like Katie was a great person and animal lover just like you. Sorry for your loss.

    • contessa says:

      Thank you. Gramma Katie was definitely a wonderful person and she will be greatly missed. I love animals but I wouldn’t have fed young raccoons as she did 🙂

  8. Pauline Watson says:

    Sending you both our condolences on the loss of your friend.
    Hugs and stinky dog breath kisses from Opal & Sequoia. 🙂

  9. jim Davis says:

    Contessa, I am so very very sorry for your loss, I can tell you loved each other very much.

  10. Don & Kathy McKelvay says:

    Our hearts go out to you and pray all the good memories will give you peace.

  11. Karen says:

    Ohhh Contessa & Colin, I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss, I know she meant the world to you both. Our hearts go out to you and your extended family
    Love to you and Colin

  12. Janet Ashworth says:

    Condolences for the loss of a very special person. No words can adequately cover your pain. You are blessed to have had such a wonderful person in your life.

    • contessa says:

      Thank you Janet. Yes we were blessed to have had Katie in our lives for over 25 years and now she is in our hearts.

  13. Carol says:

    Saw your post today, sorry for your loss. always hard.
    Been wondering how you are feeling. That was quite a fall you took. Hope you are better.

  14. Linda Sand says:

    I’m so glad you had all those years of love with Grandma Katie. What wonderful memories you will have forever.

  15. Cindy says:

    Such lovely memories you have of her…remember them all in your time of grief! So very sorry for your loss!

  16. Kathryn Tycho says:

    Sorry about your dear friend but she left you a wealth of memories. I just lost a 92 year old gardening friend. When I think of her it puts a smile on my face. Lives well lived?

  17. Colleen Walsh says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend. Those we have had for years are so much harder to come to terms with.
    This has been a very rough year for you all around.

  18. Robin says:

    Sorry to hear your bad news.

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