Kathleen passed peacefully to be with her Lord on February 15, 2013.
Kathleen was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and grew up in Karneety/Castlerock, Northern Ireland. It was in Northern Ireland that she met and married her first husband, Kenneth Hemphill. She had an adventurous spirit and wanted to immigrate. She decided on Canada and immigrated to Toronto with her young family on October 18, 1960. Kathleen worked hard outside of the home while simultaneously being a wonderful mother and wife. She later married Allan Sawrie, and they moved into semi-retirement to Victoria, BC. Not one to stay idle, Kathleen subsequently went back to work and was employed with the Provincial Government in the Department of Mines for approximately ten years.
Despite the assurance that we will be re-united in heaven, her entire family will feel her loss in our lives. Kathleen will be lovingly remembered by her family, including her husband, Allan, sons, Trevor and Alan (Mary) Hemphill, daughter, Maryann (John) Howard and grandchildren, Brittany, Lindsey, Jennifer, Karissa, Alanna, and Candace. Kathleen was predeceased by her mother Margaret, father Charlie, and her brothers, Bob (Bobbie) and Charlie (Jr). Her family in Northern Ireland are also feeling her loss, especially her sister Margaret (Jimmy) and her sister’s children Roberta, David and Raymond. A small memorial service for family and close friends will be held in Surrey on March 3, 2013. For further information please contact John and Maryann Howard in Langley. Flowers are graciously declined, but if you wish to honour her, please send a gift to the Cedar Hill Lodge in Langley, BC. The family would also like to thank the nurses and care aids at Cedar Hill for taking such good care of Kathleen in the last year. You were a blessing to us.