KENNARD; Carolyn Layne
December 4, 1948 ~ February 4, 2016
Carolyn was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Peter & Florence Giesbrecht who predeceased her. She is survived by husband, David Keith, her son Joshua (Julia) and a grandson, Kye Donald who truly was the apple of her eye, as was Josh. She loved her family dearly. She is also survived by a younger sister Diane (Kirk). She had an older brother Ron who predeceased her in Saskatoon. Carolyn’s relationship with her sister was a thing to be cherished by Carolyn. They shared stories and life happenings throughout their lives. Carolyn attended school in Dundern, SK where the family resided. In her life there were girlfriends that she met and developed close relationships with, that also survived. They were and are very precious to Carolyn. There was Susan Burlett, Norma Kehn, Crystal Nola, Nola Perkin and Lynn Oliver. In later times there was another one to add to the clan – Michelle Howell (USA). These girls had relationships with Carolyn that are so special. In her years working in Regina, she met and also became friends with Gail Bass (Gary). The stories they could tell……. should someone want to listen. And in Saskatoon, after we retired there from Revelstoke, BC she met Patty Webster (John). Their Saturday morning excursions were legendary. Carolyn did so many things that were positive. She was an accountant by trade, and as such she rose to the position as the head of finance for a huge steel company in Regina, namely IPSCO. In 1978, she became the proud mother of Josh and he was her whole life. Then we met and married and she changed by life and all for the better. I was employed with Parks Canada and we settled in Revelstoke, BC where we stayed until 1996. Carolyn developed breast cancer and that was the start of a twenty-one year battle with the disease. She was a warrior from the onset of that disease until her passing. We settled in Saskatoon after my retirement and Carolyn found employment with the Smith family, namely Irma and Bill, with son Grant and daughter Cheryl. She started in the catering side of their business and when they went into the hotel business, they took Carolyn with them to handle the pay department. What a job she did there. The owners and employees appreciate Carolyn to this day. On the birth of our grandson Kye, she wanted to be there for him and she was, two days per week throughout his first years. The places she went with the “Kye Man” will live in our hearts and minds for as long as we live. She lit up any room she was in with her inspiration and she was a caring and loving person. But she was not finished as a far as work was concerned. She was president of our Strata Corporation and did as best she could for all of our residents. But, in the end, she developed lung cancer and suffered other setbacks with her health, until it overcame her. She never gave up and fought right to the end. SHE WILL BE SADLY MISSED. Memorial Service, on February 20th at the reception room at 2901 Trafalgar St., Abbotsford, BC from 1 – 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to Salvation Army.