Mar. 30, 1947 – Dec. 20, 2011
Kathleen Jesse Watmough (nee Ross) passed away peacefully at the age of 64 with her loving husband and family by her side at the Cascade Hospice, after a long courageous battle with cancer.
One of 12 children born to the late John and Hazel Ross, Kathy was born in Kamoka, Ontario and then raised on a small tobacco farm in Ingersoll, Ontario.
After marrying Barry, the love of her life, they headed out West and eventually made their home in Chilliwack, B.C. There they raised 2 wonderful sons and opened their home to extended family, international students, and anyone else who showed up at their front door.
Kathy worked in customer service at Sears and from there found her true calling within the Chilliwack School District. Starting at McCammon Elementary School where she founded the Annual Christmas Dinner for the students then moving on to Vedder Middle School, Kathy continuously strived to make the schools a better place and cared deeply for all of her colleagues and students.
Voted “Girl of the Year” by the VP of Beta Sigma Phi, Kathy had volunteered her time such as being the VP of the Chilliwack Business Ladies Curling Association where she organized the 10th “Chili Spiel”, as a Volunteer Co-ordinator for the BC Summer Games in Chilliwack as well as the Grad Co-ordinator for the 1989 Sardis Secondary School Graduates. Kathy was a pioneer at heart and always looked for opportunities to help people she cared about reach their full potential.
Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 43 years Barry, her sons Marc (Vanessa), Chad, her daughter of the heart Tracy, grandchildren Josh and Kayla and her International kids Tony, Amy and Tamome.
A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at the Sardis Community Church, 45625 South Sumas Road, Chilliwack on January 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dr. Paul Klimo Fund at Lion’s Gate Hospital www.lghfoundation.com where a tribute page will be made.
The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Klimo, Dr. Scott Markey, Dr. Gord McConnell, the Cascade Hospice, and all the friends and family who have shown love and support.