March 3, 1960 – July 13, 2020
Our beautiful Kim passed away peacefully at home with her husband and mother by her side after a valiant albeit short battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, Ed Wilfer; her stepfather, Carl Lupaschuk; her brother, Quinn Wilfer; and two brothers-in-law, Floyd and Arie DeSmoker.
Kim will be lovingly remembered by Charlie, her husband of over 41 years; her mother, Kina Edwards; sister-in-law, Norma Wilfer of Kamloops, B.C.; nephew, Travis Wilfer of Calgary, Alberta; sister-in-law, Vicki DeSmoker of Hope, B.C.; niece, Nicole Prawdzik (Mike) and their children, Dakota, Brendan and Kylie (her little angel) and Seth of Hope, B.C.; nephew, Ward DeSmoker (Jacquelyn) and Decen of Calgary, Alberta; sister-in-law, Cornelia Desnoyers and nieces, Mona, Sheila and Connie Bebonang of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta; brother-in-law, John DeSmoker (Laverne) of North Bend, B.C.; niece, Angie McKay of Hope, B.C.; nephew, Corey Craig (Melissa) Rylan and Nathan; niece, Lindsey of Lethbridge, Alberta; brother-in-law, Jim Smith (Joanne); nephews, Douglas and Sam of Morinville, Alberta; sister-in-law, Betty Morin; nieces, Adriana and Ariane of Sudbury, Ontario; her two step-sisters, Kim (Terry) Wispinski of Morinville, Alberta; and Lori Lupaschuk (Ab Eklow-deceased) of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.
Heartfelt appreciation is extended to all family members and friends for their help and support during this difficult time, especially to niece, Nicole Prawdzik and nephew, Travis Wilfer for the personal help and support during Auntie Kim’s last two weeks of life.
Kim was born in Hope, B.C. where she spent her childhood and met the love of her life, Charlie DeSmoker, newly arrived from Sudbury, Ontario. After moving to Edmonton they got married and lived there for twelve years before moving to Vernon where they lived for the past thirty three years.
They enjoyed many European adventures as well as East Coast visits. They also enjoyed camping and visited many places in Alberta, B.C. and the Yukon. Kim was well known by everyone to be very sharp witted, had a great sense of humour and loved to entertain a room full of relatives and friends.
She spent most of her working years in the health food industry dispensing her vast knowledge and advice to many loyal customers. The last sixteen years was spent at Lifestyle Naturals, working for Darrel Hauptman, together with her manager/friend, Karin Lowen and close coworkers. She will be greatly missed by them.
Kim had many hobbies and pastimes in her life but her passion was golf. She was a member of the Rise Golf Club and was club champion in 2016, which was the highlight of her golfing career. Another passion she had was cooking from scratch, including making her own sauces and dressings. Her family will miss her tasty offerings. For the past thirty three years, Kim and Charlie managed the Columbia apartments and befriended so many of the tenants.
“Rest in peace, Pinkie”
Deepest gratitude to Dr. Hardy, Dr. Rankin and the nurses at the VJH McMurtry Baerg Cancer Clinic and the wonderful staff at Community Nursing – Team 3 for their compassion and unstinting care. We would also like to thank Kim’s family physician – Dr. Ross Waldron for his compassion and caring during this extraordinarily difficult time.
In respecting Kim’s wishes, she was cremated and no service will be held. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may make a donation in memory of Kim to the B.C. Cancer Society.
Cremation arrangements were made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5
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