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Born: Jul 04, 1956

Date of Passing: May 24, 2017

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KIMBERLY MARIE MONSON July 4, 1956 - May 24, 2017 After a courageous battle with cancer, Kim passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in Winnipeg. Kim is survived by her parents Pete and Ruth Monson; husband Jack Dubois; daughter Michelle Welchinski (Joe), their children Sophia and Anna; stepdaughters Kristine Dubois-Vandale (Rob Jantz), her daughter Madeline; Cyndy Harrison (Chris), their children Justin (Lindsay), Destinee and Jessie; Melanie Dubois (Kevin Teneycke), their children Jack, Payton and Bowen; Marcy Dubois, her children Roxy and Cash. Kim is also survived by her siblings Cindy (Ron), Jeff (Darlene), Diane (Terry) and Linda (David), as well as several beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Kim spent her young life in Dauphin and surrounding area, with many fond memories of summers at her grandparent's cabin at Dauphin Beach, and then later at the family resort and cabin in the Duck Mountains. She moved to Winnipeg as a teenager and thanks to a kind councillor at the Y started on her studies at the University of Winnipeg that led not only to a B.Sc Honours in 1980 but a career in the Geography Department, which she loved, that spanned 35 years until forced to go on disability last year. She immensely enjoyed working with students, whether in the labs or on field trips, and was particularly dedicated to encouraging young women to pursue careers in science. Kim completed her Master of Science degree at the University of Manitoba in 2003, studying fire history and succession in the forest tundra area just south of Churchill that included part of Wapusk National Park. Kim was a founding member of the Speleological Society of Manitoba and spent many years in the Grand Rapids and Interlake regions exploring and discovering caves and other features, resulting in a book: "Caves and Karst in Manitoba's Interlake Region", edited by Kim and the late Dave McRitchie. It was during those years that many lasting friendships were formed and she and Jack renewed their acquaintance and married. Kim was introduced to the Churchill region when she accompanied Jack as a volunteer guide on the Manitoba Museum polar bear tours for several years. When those ended they put on "Whales and Wildflowers" courses for the Elderhostel program at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre over a period of years, cementing Kim's love of the area and respect and affection for many residents. For many years Kim enjoyed canoeing with family and other dear friends throughout Manitoba, northwest Ontario, northern Saskatchewan and Lake Superior. In the recent decade or so Kim discovered her taste for international travel, visiting India, Morocco, Scotland, the Netherlands, and Denmark. A Baltic cruise took her to the Hermitage, the Summer Palace and other highlights. Last year's trip to Greece, Crete and Italy with sisters Diane and Linda was a wonderful experience. Kim was very active in environmental groups serving, among other things, terms as president of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and of Nature Manitoba, as well as the Speleological Society. She was instrumental in having the Walter Cook Caves Ecological Reserve set aside north of Grand Rapids. Kim also coordinated the Plant Watch program for Manitoba for many years. To commemorate Kim's devotion to the Geography Department and to mentoring young women, and to recognize the crucial help she got early in her student days, a bursary fund is being set up in her name at the University of Winnipeg to assist young women studying physical geography. In lieu of flowers, if they wish, people may contribute to the Kim Monson Bursary Fund through the University of Winnipeg Foundation, or to any of the organizations named above. The family would like to give their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Victoria Hospital, especially Dr. Beshara and the nurses at the CancerCare unit for their excellent and compassionate treatment of Kim over these many months. A Celebration of Life will take place on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue (across from Brookside Cemetery). NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200
Publish Date: May 30, 2017

KIMBERLY MARIE MONSON On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at The Riverview Health Centre, Kimberly Monson passed away at the age of 60 years. A celebration of life will take place on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue (across from Brookside Cemetery). Longer notice to follow in Mondays paper. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

Publish Date: May 27, 2017

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 30, 2017

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • I have many fond memories of Kim in the Geography department, speleological society and visiting at your home. I'm so sorry for your loss Jack and family. I often think of you guys and that I should stop in for a visit. I guess I'm too late to visit Kim. I will always appreciate when you and Kim were there for me in my time of need. Thank you. - Posted by: Tara Gill (Friend and former student) on: Aug 15, 2017

  • I held the privilege of working with Kim on many occasions, helping her arrange for field trips or obtain various items for the labs. She was always wonderful to deal with and I looked forward to our interactions. My heart sank when I heard of her passing. Kim, you will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Leanne Garland (CoWorker) on: Jun 06, 2017

  • My heart goes out to you, Jack and your families on the loss of your Kim. She was one of the nicest people I have ever met, always smiling, caring, listening and sharing her zest for life and love of all things wild. Though our paths have not crossed in the last few years, I remember her with fondness and love. - Posted by: Alison Elliott (Friend in nature) on: Jun 06, 2017

  • To Jack and family, I was so saddened to learn of Kim's illness and recent passing. Losing a loved one at such an early age is so devastating. I hope all your wonderful memories together will help support your spirit through the coming years. Jack, you are fortunate to have found someone with whom to share your deep passion for Nature over the years. Kim's career achievements and personal character reveal that she was a truly remarkable individual. - Posted by: Robert Wrigley (Old friend and work colleague) on: Jun 04, 2017

  • What a lovely person, many people will miss her. - Posted by: Ric Moodie (U of W colleague) on: Jun 03, 2017

  • Jack, I was devastated to hear that Kim had passed away. The last number of years I have seen very little of her, but at one time she participated with the Manitoba Forestry Association in delivering our annual ForestEd teacher workshops in the Whiteshell. During one of these weekends I can remember canoeing with her on Falcon Lake, or more correctly she was trying to teach me to canoe! Kim was always so friendly and generous with her time, and will be missed by so many friends and colleagues. I reget I will not be able to attend the memorial service, but I will be thinking about you. Take care, Dianne - Posted by: Dianne Beaven () on: May 31, 2017

  • I am so sorry to hear about the beautiful, always smiling Kim. I worked for her in the geography department and whenever I traveled would pick up rock specimen for her and the lab. It was always so much fun to look over the pieces, giggle and wonder together. She was such a bright light and will always remember her sweetness. Much love and blessings, Marni - Posted by: Marni (Student ) on: May 30, 2017

  • Dear Jack and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I only met Kim once, many years ago, I feel I know her better today from the memories shared. What a beautiful person. My condolences, Rennie Bodi - Posted by: Rennie Bodi (A friend from the past) on: May 30, 2017

  • So sad to hear of Kim's passing. She was a bright light here. I fondly remember our coffee breaks and listening to her adventures and talking about kid's and pets. You will be missed. - Posted by: Joan Duesterdiek (Co-Worker) on: May 30, 2017

  • I will always remember Kim for her kindness, love of life, and love for her husband, who she always called her "best friend." Wish I could have seen the polar bears with her.... She is greatly missed. - Posted by: Cathleen Hjalmarson (co-worker) on: May 30, 2017

  • I was taught by Kim during my undergrad years in the Geography department (2006-2010), and I always remember her kindness and passion for learning. She was always willing to help and offer a candid opinion on life as a woman scientist. I wouldn't have gone on to grad school without her encouragement and insight, and I definitely wouldn't have loved the Earth sciences as much without her. We are all lesser without her and I know there are more passionate, women scientists out there because of all that she gave us. My deepest condolences and kind thoughts to all of her family and friends. - Posted by: Amanda Taylor (Former student) on: May 30, 2017

  • I always loved visiting Kim in the rock and soils lab at the U of W. She would regail me with her many adventures exploring the natural world and inspire me to do the same. Very sorry for her loss, many condolences to her close friends and family. - Posted by: Caleigh Christie (Student) on: May 30, 2017

  • Knew Kim to be a skilled and capable Manitoban that had a love of nature and tried her best to contribute towards environmental sustainability in many ways including the application of her organizational skills, having gifted at least one term as President of Nature Manitoba, and also gifted a number of workshop sessions spreading her passion for, and satisfying the knowledge seeking of others, for knowledge regarding mineralogy and the knowledge of rocks as applicable in Manitoba. Thank you Kim. May the love of your devoted Jack, your many friends and, of course, that of God, be with you. Rest in peace, fine soul. Les - Posted by: Les McCann (Fellow member of Nature Manitoba, aka Manitoba Naturalists Society. ) on: May 29, 2017

  • We are deeply sorry for the loss of your Kim. Someone so special can never be forgotten. She will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Al & Darlene Twerdochlib (Long time family friends) on: May 29, 2017

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