Kathleen (Kathy) Margaret Connors of Yorkton passed away May 3,2023 at the Yorkton Regional Hospital. She was 77 years of age. Kathleen was born on October 8, 1945 in Grenfell Saskatchewan. She is predeceased by her parents, Bill and Margaret Herbert; her brother, Norman Herbert. Kathleen is survived by her daughter Brenda and grandson Connor; Son Derek (Candace) and grandson Kayden; daughter Shannon, granddaughter Stephanie (Clayton) great granddaughter Jillian, grandson Bryden and grandson Tylor. She is also survived by her siblings, Carol (Joe) Dos Santos, Marion (Ray) Danylko, Judy Newberry, Wilma Beddington, Wayne Herbert, Ivy (Doug) Garfield, Betty (Patrick) Gill, Brian (Dennise) Herbert.
Her life was a life well lived. She lived many places throughout Canada including Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Even though she lived most of her life on the prairies, she always felt that her heart was in the Maritimes. She was able to spend many enjoyable summers in New Brunswick and touring the maritimes visiting family.
Kathy always remembered what the day was like during significant moments in her life. She would always share this memory on our birthdays and remind us all of how special we were to her. Her passing comes at her favourite season of year. When we think of Spring, we will always think of how she loved flowers and birds.
Kathy was an extremely devoted mother and grandmother and great grandmother. Family was very important to her. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She could always be found with a grandchild sitting on the side of her chair with her. She loved going to see all of their activities and programs that they were in and taking them out for treats. She loved spoiling them. She had many special relationships with her nieces and nephews as well and always loved the time spent with them. We have had the opportunity to cherish these memories we have of her. It brings a smile to our face when we think of each and everyone that held a special place in her heart and how she would talk about them so fondly. And anybody that knew her, knew that Christmas was her absolute favourite time of year. The day after Remembrance Day she would have her tree up.
She was so blessed to have many friends whom she cherished immensely. She had the gift of hospitality. She loved to cook and entertain for friends and family. She did this up until her health was affected. We all enjoyed the many memories made with her and how she had a way to make each person feel special.
In 1978 she came to faith in Christ and her life changed forever. She remained active in the church. Her faith in Christ was the cornerstone of her life. Her faith led her to a life of compassion for the needy which resulted in her founding the Soup Haven. She was distressed with the apparent child hunger in the city and came up with the idea of providing a nourishing breakfast for these hungry children. With no money or support other than friends donating food, she found that it was not feasible to provide breakfasts so she decided to provide a noon lunch. At the time, Kathy was a member of the Alliance Church and arranged with the church to use the basement as her "Soup Haven". In April 1998, she started her noon lunch program and it thrives to this day
Because of her charitable work with The Soup Haven, she was honoured to receive the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan in 2005 and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. We were so proud of her.
Her family would like to thank Dr. Van Heerden for the many years of excellent care and compassion. We also would like to thank the Yorkton Hospital for the care in this last period of her life.
As per her request, no funeral will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Soup Haven. At www.thesouphaven.ca/doantions or the Kidney Foundation.
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