Patricia Anne Kinghorn passed peacefully at Vernon Hospice House on December 25th, 2015, as a result of complications from a seven-year battle with cancer.

Patty will be remembered for her infectious laugh, her unfailing ability to the see the positive in all life’s experiences, and above all, the joy she found in helping others. Her friends and family can attest to her indelible spirit. She described cancer as “one of life’s little bumps.” She said it wouldn’t derail her, and it never did. Patty was a bright light to the end – drawing others to her with her warmth and open heart – always offering love and support.

Patty was born on June 19, 1945 in Vancouver, BC and later moved to Calgary, Alberta where she grew up as the fourth child of Clarence and Alice Withell (nee Lindsey). It is there she met the love of her life, Wayne Kinghorn, while in high school. They married August 6, 1966.

Patty found her calling in the insurance business. She was a friend to all her customers; many of them following Patty throughout her career because of her smile, her dedication and her care. She retired from the Baron Insurance group in November. She will be missed greatly by her friends, clients, and her extended Baron family.

Patty was a strong supporter of the Vernon community, spending long hours working with the Vernon Curling Bonspiel, Vernon Winter Carnival, Salvation Army and various other groups.

Patty leaves behind what she has called her ‘sense of pride’ – her family: her devoted husband Wayne; her two sons Michael (Andrea) and Kevin (Genevieve); and her two precious grand-daughters, Elise and Millie.

A service will be held on January 8th, 2016, at the Vernon Alliance Church at 1:00 p.m.

All friends, co-workers, customers and those touched by her spirit are encouraged to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations to North Okanagan Hospice Society ( are welcome.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to PLEASANT VALLEY DIGNITY FUNERAL HOME. (250) 542-4333. Condolences may be offered at

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