By Joanne McQuarrie

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On September 26, family and friends of Kym Walstrom hosted a memorial golf tournament in her memory (a wine, not par tee tournament). It was a heartfelt event that honoured her life and contributions to the community. 

The tournament was held on the Ridge Course at the Copper Point Golf Club, where Kym worked as an accounting manager for more than ten years. She passed away from cancer on September 22, 2021 in Fairmont, at the age of 61. 

The $740 raised went to the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley. It supports families with a loved one who has a terminal illness; the funds are used for NAV-CARE, anticipatory grief support, end of life support, bereavement support, community outreach and a resources library.

Brian Schaal, Copper Point Golf Club president, general manager, executive professional, shared points in an email, about Kym’s life. She “was born July 18, 1960, to Eileen and Gordon Kokesch. She met her sweet cheeks, Wes, in high school, and they married on May 16, 1981. Kym and Wes completed their family with arrival of daughters Kirby and Bailey while living in Stettler, AB…  In 1995 the family moved to Fairmont, B.C., and have made it their home since.

 “The most important thing in Kym’s life was her family and friends. Kym was rarely spotted without a huge grin and had an infectious, beautiful laugh that she shared freely. Kym’s zest for life and trying new things was blaringly noticeable.  She loved travelling and vacationing, and new adventures with her people. She cherished her friendships, new and life-long, and prided herself on being a good friend. She was a fierce mother that grew with her girls; their bond is strong and beautiful. Kym and Wes were the love of each other’s lives; their 40-year marriage a testament to their unconditional love, commitment and care toward one another, and shared love of family, friends, and fun.

“Kym played and loved many sports in her life, excelling in most. (She) spent her life visiting, hosting and chilling, red wine in hand, sharing a giggle, surrounded by the people that loved her wholly and unconditionally. She will be missed greatly, remembered vividly in her Kym way, and kept safe and honoured in the hearts of those who knew her.”