Catherine Betker

Obituary of Catherine Patricia Betker

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Catherine Patricia Betker (nee Moir), born September 6, 1954 passed away June 3,2019. Cathy was predeceased by her parents, Kenneth and Helen Moir. Left to grieve the unbearable loss of Cathy are her son Christopher, his wife Angie and their children Kirstie, Alex and Tristen; her daughter Stacie and her children Breydon, Tyler, Sarah, Kyle and Connor; her sister Tracey, her nephew Roderick and her niece Chelsea; her dearest friend Laurie Bremner, her fur babies Angus, Tripper, Rufus and Callie as well as other extended family members, friends and colleagues too many to mention.

Cathy was the perfect example of someone who loved life. She was always up for an adventure whether it was a dream trip to Ireland or a quick day trip to Grand Forks or Brandon. In February she was able to visit the Grand Canyon and proudly told us that it was the last item on her bucket list. She collected photos and other things like bus passes and ticket stubs from her trips, things that most of us would discard. Cathy would patiently and meticulously organize them into beautiful memory books that she loved to share.

Cathy always gave you her best. Her endless consideration for others was unmatched. “Going to Walmart do you need anything?” or “Soap is on sale! Want me to grab you some?” were common texts from Cathy. One of her favorite past times was knitting kitty blankets that she would donate to the Winnipeg Human Society. Cathy loved animals but had a special place in her heart for cats and over the years gave many of them a loving home.

Cathy enjoyed her retail career and the friends she met along the way. She took immense pride in her work. She loved engraving and thought nothing of the time and energy it took to engrave a 40 piece bbq tool set, including the case! A gift from Cathy wasn’t really compete if she hadn’t engraved something on it somewhere.

Aside from knitting, cats and engraving, Cathy loved reading, sitting in the sun, coffee, cheesecake, bbq hamburgers, white chocolate, Star Trek, traveling and her beloved Winnipeg Jets. If she wasn’t watching the game then her PVR was set and you better not spoil the score for her before she got to watch it!

Cathy was a walking smile. She appreciated a good joke regardless of whether she was making it or it was at her expense. She always remembered birthdays and was often the first person you would hear “Happy Birthday!” from. Birthday dinner with Nana was something her grandchildren looked forward to every year. The Moir family birthday cake was something we all looked forward to every year.

The shock of losing Cathy is still sinking in. We don’t expect to “get over it”, we only expect that with time, we will learn to manage it. She was so easily intertwined in our lives that it seems impossible to have a complete day without her.

Cathy was well grounded and believed facts, “show me the proof “ she would say. Cathy wasn’t shy about telling you that she didn’t want a fuss made when her time came to go. Keeping with that, it is well understood by science that energy doesn’t simply disappear, it moves on and takes other forms. We are comforted by the fact that Cathy’s positive energy is still around us.

Cremation has taken place and a private family internment will happen at a later date. Cathy will be laid to rest in Neepawa with her parents and grandparents.

A Celebration of Cathy’s life will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at the Valley Gardens Community Centre. Final details will be shared at a later date.


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