Monica Kateley

Monica Kateley

Who knows when love begins

Who knows what makes it start

One day it’s simply there

Alive inside your heart

Love never dies

On March 14th our beloved matriarch left us, an inspirational, honourable, generous, wise, adventurous and classy lady, Monica left us two weeks before her 98th Birthday. Her last days were spent in the arms of her beloved family and friends reminiscing, laughing, telling stories, sharing and holding hands.

As a young RN in the south of England during WW2 she drove an ambulance pulling airmen out of trees and residence from bombed out buildings. With five brothers she not only learned to drive every truck and car in the yard she was a proficient motor cycle rider, she caused quite a stir in the local paper when she started wearing pants, not done in 1937. She won medals for swimming and played on a top ranking field hockey team.

Immigrating to Canada in 1957 settling in Calgary before discovering warm wonderful Vancouver Island in the late sixties, Monica was successful with every endeavour she undertook, from a 24 hour truck stop restaurant to high end dinning, dress shops and consulting, excellence was her benchmark. She retired to Kelowna in 1979 returning to Cowichan valley in 1990 to be close to family.

Her family was her anchor and her pride and joy. We will miss her awesome presents but, Love never dies

March 31, 1919 – March 14, 2017

A tea to celebrate Monica’s long and colourfull life will be held at 2pm at Duncan Manor – 280 1St St., Duncan on March 31st – Monica’s 98th Birthday.

Many thanks to Dr. Burger, the amazing Dr.’s and staff at CDH emergency, staff at the Cairnsmore facility and at CDH. Thank you to Harold and Melisa at HW Wallace.


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