Cutting, Kathleen “Kathy” May

April 19, 1945 – March 24, 2021
at the age of 75 years

With heavy hearts, we share the passing of our beautiful mother, Kathleen May Cutting (nee Hamilton).

Kathy was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 19, 1945 and raised in Weyburn, Saskatchewan by parents Wilkie (James) and Florence Hamilton along with her brother James Hamilton.

Kathy attended Western Christian College in what we will call her “formative” years. It was here where she met lifelong friends and also captured the attention of Brian Gordon Cutting in what would become a lifetime full of love, adventure, and laughter. The two began their married life in 1966 in Sechelt, BC, and over the course of their lives happily stayed in BC calling several places home, including Kamloops, Quesnel, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Blind Bay and finally Salmon Arm. In all of these places they called home, Kathy would begin an ever growing circle of strong friendships lasting to this day. Of course, it was no coincidence that remaining in BC also kept her close to “The Cousin’s” whom she so dearly cherished.

Along the way and adding to the adventures, Kathy and Brian became the proud parents to their three children, Tracy (Paul), Darin and Krista (Bob) and proud grandparents to Jason, Aidan, Stephanie, Joshua and Shannon and faithful granddog Baxter. 

Kathy enjoyed a longstanding career with the Bank of Montreal and even longer friendships flourishing well past retirement. 

Kathy stayed true to her giving nature with her sorority, Beta Sigma Phi. Life, Learning and Friendship (especially the friends part).

In retirement, travel was key. Europe, Australia, as well as cross country North American road trips. It was no surprise that much of their retirement was spent in Mesa, Arizona where Kathy reconnected with friends old and new (because there is not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met).

Kathy loved a good gathering (the more the merrier), sunshine, summertime, a nice glass of wine and good conversation. Her most blissful moments were when those things came together at once (which was often the case).

Our hearts are broken. Although taken too soon, we are comforted in knowing that we, as her children, were given more than a lifetime of love and memories. We will miss our “momversations”.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Shuswap Hospital foundation in Kathy’s memory. www.shuswaphospitalfoundation.org 

20 Comments

  1. Always had a beautiful smile one classy lady until we meet again Kathy RIP say hi to Brian .

  2. Kathy will be truly missed by everyone who she touched in some way. I know that I will miss the texts and emails about the grandkids and what she has been up to.
    It is not an easy time for the family at this moment, but I know she is in a good place and surrounded by a collection of friends and relatives.
    It will get easier as the days go on and the memories will be cherished even more.
    My deepest condolences to you all, Geri (the lone grandma now for Aidan and Josh).

  3. We are devastated to hear of Kathy’s passing. We were not aware of this until today. Kathy was the most cherished friend, I knew. Our friendship started in Kamloops in 1974, and kept in touch since then. Tracy, when you are able can you please contact me? If not that is ok.

  4. Beautiful picture of your lovely Mom.
    We are so sorry for your loss.

  5. Well written . That was so Kathy. Will miss her humorous conversations and ready smile.

  6. My heart is broken also, a lovely person and will be missed. Love Lynda

  7. Dear Tracy, Darin and Krista and Family,

    We are all grieving for your Mom, she was a vibrant lady, true friend, advisor and shoulder to cry on. Your Mom deserves to be remembered as a strong, confident, happy, generous, beautiful women. She was a rare influence on everyone that came into her life. We were the luckiest people to have her in our family, such good memories of so many happy laughs and fun times. Your memories will keep you strong. She will be forever in our hearts.

    Love,

    Jim, Sheren, Scott and Dean

  8. So very sorry to hear that your mum has passed away. It was such a short time since the diagnosis. I’m learning about your mother’s life experiences and many accomplishments that I never knew of.
    Kathy was always interested in what others were doing and how they were feeling.
    I will miss your gregarious, caring and humble mother.

  9. Dear Darin, Tracy and Krista: The Facebook announcement and this obituary completely capture the essence of your intoxicatingly beautiful mother. She was my oldest friend. We were born 4 months apart and lived 1/4 mile apart. We spent our childhood keeping the road hot either walking or riding our bikes. We swam in the river, ride ponies,and sat under the bridge discussing life. She loved coming to our house because there was always a baby and lots of action. She was the youngest in her family and I was the eldest of 6. On her last trip to Weyburn we took a walk down memory lane at her farm and then had supper at our farm with my brothers. We chatted a couple of times last summer when a friend passed away. Her ship has now set sail and she has crossed the River and is now dancing with all those who went on ahead. She was a gem. Cherish your memories!

  10. Beautiful tribute to a very special lady. Kathy will be missed by so many. She was truly one of a kind and I have such fond memories of her and Brian from our Quesnel days. We kept in contact over many years and shared a lot of laughs. My love to her family.

  11. Tracy,Darin and Krista
    Your mom was a true gem. We worked together at BMO where she always made the job fun. She loved people and it showed in her relationship with her customers and staff.
    I have so many memories of the fun times we shared both at work and in retirement.
    She was a great friend and I will miss her dearly.
    You are in my thoughts and my prayers.

  12. Your mom was a special lady. We greatly appreciated having her in winnipeg after the passing of my dad. No hesitation on her part to get on a plane and come be with us. Just what we needed. Her laughs and support all the time were the best. We are so sorry for your loss. My mom is greatly missing her and wished she could have come out to see her. Take care of yourselves. Love from Dianne and Laurie and family.

  13. Sending positive thoughts and prayers to you Darin, Tracy, and Krista and those beautiful grand children.Kathy was a beautiful soul,we feel blessed to have met both Brian and Kathy.We will treasure our fulfilled memories .She spoke of her family with such pride.Take care of each other.Blessings from Sharon and Richard Annis.

  14. Darin Christa & Tracy Your Mom would be so proud of you. We will miss her greatly Ken & Carole

  15. Kathy was a beautiful soul with a loving spirit. She made time to listen and made friends feel special. As a sorority sister I will miss Kathy’s endless smiles and giving heart. We had several laughs at sorority functions and looked forward to girl’s getaways. You will be missed by all who knew you Kathy. Rest In Peace my friend.

  16. We are sad to learn about the passing of Kathy. She was also so vibrant and loving. Every year she always sent flowers to Doug’s mom, Bobby Winter, for her birthday, Christmas, etc. We are sorry that living in Minnesota we didn’t get to see your mom very often, but it was a real treat to see her. May your happy memories sustain you in these hard days.

    From your mom’s cousin Doug (and Cindy) Winter, Minneapolis, MN.

  17. Kathy was a wonderful human being, we always enjoyed spending time with her and Brian. They became part of our lives.
    Kathy was the matriarch of a fantastic family.
    Tracey, Darin and Krista, we are grieving with you.

  18. Our sincerest sympathy on your great loss, Tracey, Darin, Krista, and families. A lovely picture of your mom, she hasn’t changed a bit, same beautiful smile. Kathy moved into our basement suite after following your dad to Vancouver from Saskatchewan. She had free reign of the house, the downstairs door was never locked, and she would come up the stairs calling HELLO, anything home. We still make her pork chop, onion & tomato sauce recipe, it is delicious! Kathy was such a lovely, wonderful lady, and everyone is better for having know her. May memories sustain you all,
    When you look up at the stars, consider this poem, Stars in the Sky:
    Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy. (Unknown)
    Take good care of yourselves, sending love to you all.

  19. So sorry to hear about your Mom. I always enjoyed our “chats” when she was walking by, usually taking ” Baxter” for a walk.
    Take Care.

  20. I had the privilege of meeting your mom while she was in the hospital. Lovely woman even though I had to move her for tests. A true fighter till the end. Hugs to you all you had one great lady for a mom.

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