KATHLEEN ELEANOR BROOKS. April 1, 1930 – January 23, 2013. Kathy Brooks (nee Gubbins) of Cultus Lake passed away at The Cascades Hospice in Chilliwack, BC, in the early hours of Wednesday, January 23rd. She will be deeply missed and remembered by her sister Patricia Hanson, her daughter Julie and grand-daughter Esmé, her daughter Jennifer, her son Joe and his wife Nancy, for whom she was a most beloved mother-in-law. She also leaves behind her niece Kathy, and nephews Karl and Jim, as well as many cherished friends.
Kathy was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and moved in her late teens with her family to Vancouver. Years later, she would settle in the Fraser Valley, finding her special place at Cultus Lake. She spent eighteen years as a teacher-librarian at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School before retiring to enjoy writing, quilting, and other social activities through Probus and the Elder College. Kathy loved music and animals. Her piano lessons and the cats she rescued were an integral part of her life. She thoroughly enjoyed contributing to her community at Cultus, sharing her love of birds, nature, and especially the Lake, with her neighbours. Her free-spirited enthusiasm for life was a treasure to those who knew her and will be greatly missed. A celebration of Kathy’s life will take place at her home on the weekend of her 83rd birthday, March 31st at 1:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. If desired, a donation can be made to Mom’s favourite charity, the SPCA. Her children would like to express their very sincere appreciation and gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Cascades who eased the last weeks of Kathy’s life with their support and respect. Inquiries and condolences may be sent to