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July 30, 1960 - January 8, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our sister Kelly, January 8, 2021.


Kelly is survived by sisters Tracy, Tara (Paul), Clare and only brother Billy; Aunt Tass, many cousins in Winnipeg, as well as much family in western Canada.


Kelly was predeceased by parents William and Joan Sutherland as well as older sister Shaune, many Aunties, Uncles, and cousins.


Kelly was born in Winnipeg on July 30 1960 but always celebrated on the 31; it must have been a Friday. Younger sister to Shaune, who she never listened to, and older sister to four siblings who she bossed around because she was in charge. Kelly always made time for her siblings either brushing her sister’s hair or taking her brother to the Red River Exhibition. She grew up in Charleswood where she learned to be a strong swimmer. Kelly was a graduate of St. Mary's Academy in 1978. She got a lot of uniform passes. She was an outstanding basket ball player but could kick your butt in Trivia when it came to history. Being very athletic she pursued a career with The City of Winnipeg, where she obtained instructional certificates in aquatics, where she could teach swimming, diving and lifesaving.


Growing up in a large family, she developed a strong work ethic. Indoors or outdoors, she gave it her all. That is where she discovered her love of gardening. Tomatoes, roses, anything she could plant. Many garden centers knew her by her first name. Her love of dogs and all animals lead her career with the City to work in Assiniboine Park. Animals and Tropical House plants, what a sweet deal. She retired in 2015.


She spent time gardening at home and in her mother's garden. So did her dog(s). The garden enabled her to spend more time with her mother, being a part time care giver. Kelly's ongoing health issues grew after the death of her mother and her older sister. She still had spirit in her, and a smile on her face.  Kelly eventually took an apartment as chores became to be too much.


She will be sadly missed in many ways.


Thank you to all of her friends, neighbors, care givers, especially K2. Your work was a god send. Thank you to Hillary and her team.


May the road rise up to meet you
May the winds always be at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face and rains fall soft upon your fields
Until we meet again
May god hold you in the palm of his hand


In lieu of flowers please send donations to a charity of one’s choice.


Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 -

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