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Wendy Diane Corrigal (Coates)

April 11, 1955 - May 2, 2019


Wendy passed gently at home surrounded by her loving family on May 2, 2019, after a year and a half long battle with cancer.

Wendy was born in Vancouver and raised in Richmond, BC. She graduated from Richmond High School in 1973 and Vancouver Community College in 1976 as an LPN.

In 1976 Wendy married Don, her high school sweetheart. They were together for 48 years. Together they moved to Vanderhoof, BC in 1978 for work and their son Hunter was born there in 1980. The next move was to Kelowna where daughter Caitlyn was born in 1985. Finally, in 1991 they moved to Cranbrook, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

Wendy nursed in Vancouver, Vanderhoof, Kelowna and Cranbrook. After raising her family, she worked for the Aqu’mnik of the Ktunaxa First Nation as their first Community Health Nurse. Following her diagnosis in 1994 of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus, she went on to work in Office Administration for Napa, Kimberley and Cranbrook Health Unit. Her career of choice, however, was her beloved children and her five precious granddaughters who have filled the last 8 years of her life with much joy!

Wendy loved living in the mountains and never stopped being in awe of their beauty. She spent her time in the mountains skiing, camping, hiking, kayaking, cycling and horseback riding. Wendy enjoyed meeting people, working with the public, and serving others. Her faith was a key part of her life and she kept herself involved in her church, especially in children’s ministries. She was also a faithful volunteer with Friendship Club for nearly 15 years, working with special needs people. Wendy also loved to read and cherished her friends from Book club. And those close to Wendy knew her love for her dogs, horses, and cats; especially her Siamese cats, of which there were many over a span of 45 years.

Wendy will be deeply missed by her beloved family: Husband Don; Her pride and joy: Hunter (daughters Josie and Nicole), and Caitlyn with son-in-law Brandon Flint (daughters Caylee, Madison, and Brianne); Her brothers: John (Suzanne) Coates and family in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Dave (Shelley) Coates and family in Delta; Her brothers and sisters-in-laws Stuart and Cherie Corrigal and family in Richmond, and Liz and Larry Walsh and family in Cloverdale; Her closest friends, her dear family of choice; and her little companion, Poppy.

A celebration of Wendy’s life will be held at Cranbrook First Baptist Church  on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2 pm.  In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to BC Cancer or His Hope Uganda in her memory


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From: Susan Ogroske
Relation: Friend

Dear Don, Hunter and Caitlyn, Your family has been precious to me for so many years. I am holding you in love and light as you grieve and remember. I will miss her beautiful strength and kindness. And I’m grateful for her wisdom that made me a stronger mama. Love you all.

From: Janet Bishop
Relation: friend through Book Club

I am blessed to have met and known Wendy through Book Club. She was a gentle and beautiful woman, inside and out. She spoke so often of her family that I feel I know you all. I am very sorry for your loss of this precious wife, mother, grandmother, sister.

From: Annalee and Laird
Relation: Friends

Wendy will be deeply missed by her friends and family. Cranbrook is definitely a lesser place with Wendy gone. We wish Don and family comfort and peace. Goodbye our friend. Annalee and Laird

From: André Terink
Relation: Karate teacher from the Netherlands.

Osu, Don and familie.
My condolences with this great loss.

From: Dianna Green
Relation: Friend

Dear Don and family, My heart and prayers go out to you. Wendy was such an outstanding person as a wife, mother, grammie and friend!! I’m so very sorry for your great loss. She’ll be there with open arms when you enter into heaven

From: Cynthia Einarson
Relation: First met Wendy thru our children in karate classes and later as FB Church Family.

Wendy was a very special lady. She was always caring and positive even though she struggled with her health in the last years of her life. She will be missed but not forgotten.

From: Virginia Watson

I have enjoyed working alongside Wendy at the friendship club for many years. She has been an inspiration for her faith and trust in God’s love for us all in every situation.

From: Shirley Longman
Relation: Friend

Remembering Wendy… precious sister and friend for her always encouraging Faith…her giving selfless Spirit. I remember walking with her when we lived in Cranbrook and always feeling so uplifted afterwards … her love for God… for nature, her positive energy for life and sensitive heart made it very special being with her. I will always cherish her memory. Lots of love your way and prayers as you honour your beautiful Wife, Mom and Grandmother at her celebration of life service. .. Don, Hunter, Caitlyn and families…oh what joy those precious granddaughters gave her!! Big hugs

From: David Coombe
Relation: Fellow Environmental Health Officer

So sorry to hear of Wendy’s passing.
Many memories of our EHO connections especially in “Hooterville”

Dave and Louise Coombe

From: Craig, Robin, Tyler and Kohen Meckelborg
Relation: Kyokushin family

Dear Shihan Don,
Robin and I are overseas but wanted to send a note of condolences but at the same time to celebrate the wonderful life of a woman who made a difference in so many peoples lives. We wish you and your whole family the best.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
May 11, 2019
Beginning at 2:00pm

Cranbrook First Baptist Church
328 - 14th Ave. S.
Cranbrook, BC Canada

328 - 14th Ave. S.
Cranbrook, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

BC Cancer Agency, #202 – 105 9th Ave. S., Cranbrook, BC  V1C 2M1


His Hope Uganda at website


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