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STOKES, Kathleen Frances. June 15, 1943 - August 12, 2011 (26 years old). Kathleen Frances Stokes (nee Robinson) passed away suddenly on August 12, 2011.

Kathleen was a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, farmer, business woman, and occasional rabble-rouser; however throughout her life her spirit was replenished by working in her garden. She derived joy from the beauty she had nurtured with the help of her husband, and was eager to share their collaboration with the community. While her garden was her crowning achievement she was also known as a painter, musician, interior decorator, and prize-winning gingerbread architect extraordinaire. Kathleen was a fierce and tenacious advocate on behalf of those she loved. Her honesty, integrity, and tremendous compassion guided her, and she would not easily tolerate injustice. She was a role model, practicing more than preaching.

Kathleen is survived by her loving husband Bryan, her children Warren (Sandy), Kara, and Laureen (Bert); her grand-children Ethan, Riley, and Peter James (PJ), her mother Daisy, siblings Donna, Ken, and Murray, along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved father, father-in-law, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law. She will be remembered by many. Kathleen's family invites you to join them on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM at Carman United Church (7258 Vedder Road, Sardis, BC) for a memorial service. An open house to appreciate the splendour and peace of her garden will follow at 42345 South Sumas Road from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Cameras welcome.

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