Katherine Willms died Aug. 20, 2010. She was born May 30, 1940 in Coaldale, Alta. to Bernard and Elizabeth Doerksen. After a year of teaching, she married John Willms, and they shared nearly 47 years together. Katherine’s desire was to glorify God in all she did, serving faithfully in her Grassy Lake church community and in Christian Women’s Club. She shared her gift of teaching and music with children and adults, and especially loved teaching adult Sunday school. Katherine lived each day to the fullest – whether working in her expansive garden, driving combine, or sharing hospitality. Her infectious smile, positive attitude, boundless energy, and love impacted everyone around her. Katherine’s faith touched many lives, especially in her last 9 months as she faced leukemia. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. Predeceased by 2 sisters, 1 niece; Katherine is mourned by John; children Kevin (Penney), Carolyn (Tim) Gartke, Clarence (Lexa), Trish (Kevin) Redekop; 14 grandchildren; 8 siblings; in-laws.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.