STEVENSON, Catherine Anne (Bingeman)
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Passed away peacefully on February 5, 2013. Catherine (Kit) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 1, 1922. She graduated as a dietician from the University of Manitoba, where she met her future husband John Stevenson on the steps of the biology building. They were married for 61 years. Kit and John moved to Vancouver in 1947 and settled in West Vancouver in 1954. They raised five children. Their home has always been a lively and welcoming place for all. After decades of work with the Anglican Church, Kit was awarded the Order of the Diocese in 2010 for being a "Pioneer for Social Justice and an Advocate for dignity and respect for women." Kit was an active member of the University Women's Club in Vancouver, West Vancouver and North Vancouver. She served on the board of the Vancouver club and subsequently travelled to the 1987 World Conference of Women in Moscow and the 1995 IFUW conference in Japan. She was a proud member of Pi Beta Phi. Kit was known for her energy, warmth, compassion, and love for her family. She was active in community, social, and political affairs and pursued her causes with determination. She enjoyed many carefree summers at the family's Cultus Lake cottage, and created many lasting memories there with family and friends. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Dr. John D. Stevenson, and her brother, Reesor Bingeman. Kit is survived by her five children, Bruce (Janice), Joan Campbell (Al), Barbara, Milt (Jane), and Karen Barnett (Dave); grandchildren, Josh, Erica (Michael), Christy (Patrick), Kimberley (Logan), Julia, Mary, Jennifer (Curtis), Camilla (Ryan), Garth (Annie), Emily (Riley), Janine (Brendan), and Linden (Sarah); great-grandchildren, Scott, Kate, and Lola. Kit is survived by her sister, Betsy (Jack) and sister-in-law Norma. The family would like to thank Home Instead, Lions Gate Hospital 2 East, and Lynn Valley Care Centre for the excellent care they provided, and a special thank you to neighbour Drew. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation, the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, or North Shore Rescue. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Christopher's Church, 1068 Inglewood Ave., West Vancouver, BC, on Saturday, Febraury 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. For those wishing to share a memory of Catherine, please go to www.hollyburnfunerals.com
Published in The Province on Feb. 17, 2013