January 22, 1950 – January 31, 2019
With each flower, as it grows into its fullness of beauty,
is the knowledge that one day It will return to the earth.
Kathleen Mabel Darrow (nee Johnston) was born in Parry Sound, Ontario to Patrick and Eva Johnston on January 22, 1950.
Kathleen earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the age of 24 from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. As one of 6 women in the class, she blazed the trail for many women to follow in the profession. Kathleen completed a Doctorate of Veterinary Science (DVSc, equivalent to PhD) 10 years later in Veterinary Pathology. Her profession carried her to many parts of Canada and eventually to Australia for many years returning to BC Canada in 1998. She leaves behind her beloved dogs – Papillon Bumpy, Standard Poodle Frankie, her husband Martin Darrow of Abbotsford, her sister Patricia Madigan (Glenn) of Parry Sound, Ontario and their son Luke of Stratford, Ontario, her nephew Forrest Klotzbach and niece Melani McBratney (nee Klotzbach) both of Kelowna, BC. She is predeceased by her sister Mary Ann Klotzbach and nephew Adam Madigan. Among the many cousins she leaves behind, of special mention was her lifelong friend and Matron of Honour Louise Armitage (Neil) of Parry Sound, Ontario.
The celebration of the life of Kathleen Darrow will be held at Henderson’s Fraser Valley Funeral Home, 34537 Marshall Road, Abbotsford BC on Friday February 15 at 2:00 pm followed by a reception at 3174 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford. Maps will be provided at the service. This service will be live streamed and recorded for those out of town guests who cannot make it to Abbotsford. See: https://www.dignitymemorial.com
Kathleen asked that donations go to two of her charities: SPCA to support animals in need http://support.spca.bc.ca/goto/kathleens-memory
and WorldVison to feed the hungry Children https://donate.worldvision.ca/products/memory