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Born: Apr 20, 1942

Date of Passing: Dec 20, 2016

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KATHLEEN LEATHERS (nee WILSON) April 20, 1942 - December 20, 2016 Kathleen Leathers, CBC lover, expert boat-docker, skilled horseshoe player, accomplished bell-ringer and hiker extraordinaire passed away December 20 at Pembina Place Personal Care Home after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Kathleen was predeceased by her husband Winston Leathers, in 2004. She is survived by brother Lyall; sister Wendy (Leone); nieces Tess and Lyn; nephew Paul, and dear friend Harlyn. Born the eldest of three children to Garth and Mamie Wilson, Kathleen grew up in Sperling, MB, a place for which she had a great fondness. Kathleen spent her early working years in the teaching profession (Laidlaw and St. Johns Ravenscourt) and then returned to university to earn a Masters degree in Environmental Studies. Throughout her life Kathleen was active in the community including the Osborne Village Association and the University Women's Club where she forged some of her closest friendships. Later in life she helped found the Prairie Pathfinder Walking Club. With her Prairie Pathfinder team of Wendy, Leone and Sheila, Kathleen combined a love of the outdoors with the opportunity to introduce countless people to the natural beauty of Manitoba. We were fortunate to have learned many things from Kathleen during her time with us, things like if you keep your head up and walk with a purpose no one will bother you, the quality of a meal is not proportionate to the size of the kitchen in which it was prepared, it is never ok to fill in someone else's crossword puzzle, and drinks before dinner are always appropriate. This breadth of knowledge came as a result of Kathleen's zest for life and courage to always try new things. Kathleen's beauty, kindness, wit and ability to host memorable parties at her home on Roslyn Crescent and at their beautiful camp at Minaki, attracted many amazing people to her life. At Minaki she entertained, taught and generally herded her nieces and nephew, including any number of friends they would bring along to stay for weeks on end each summer, providing them with amazing childhood memories to last a lifetime. While on paper it may not appear that Kathleen leaves behind any children, anyone who saw how much time, effort, thought and love she put into her nieces and nephew throughout their lives, knows she leaves behind three. A celebration of Kathleen's life will be held at on January 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard. As an expression of sympathy, and in recognition of Kathleen's devotion to her hometown, charitable donations may be made to the Sperling Cemetery, Box 100, Sperling, MB R0G 1M0. Cheques should be payable to Sperling Community Club / Cemetery. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 31, 2016

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Kathleen and Winston were professors of mine during my first year in Environmental Studies at the University of Manitoba. 1979 seems so long ago, but the enduring spirit of exploration they instilled through our architectural studio courses is a testament to their curiosity, lively minds, sense of fun, and kind, open natures. - Posted by: Craig Lane (Student) on: Jun 26, 2022

  • So sorry to just learn of Kathleen’s passing. Condolences to her family and friends. - Posted by: Jon Adaskin () on: Oct 07, 2017

  • So sorry to hear of your loss Lyall and Wendy and families. We were very saddened by the news. She was a great gal and always so welcoming to everyone. You have some wonderful memories and will keep them very dear to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Bob and Marg Mogk (Friends) on: Jan 03, 2017

  • Kathleen's obituary is such a beautiful tribute to her, obviously written with much love, and describing an amazing person. I have fond recollections of early Sperling days, childhood and teen years and escapades shared, our membership in the Galbraith "clan" exploited and flaunted. I regret that I did not know the adult Kathleen quite so well but enjoyed her company whenever our paths met. How terribly sad that Parkinson's should claim such an active and accomplished woman. My sincere sympathy to Wendy, Lyall and families. With love, Carole. - Posted by: Carole (Peckover) Anderson (Cousin) on: Jan 02, 2017

  • Sorry to hear of your loss, thinking of you Lyall & Wendy - Posted by: Kerry Young (Friend) on: Jan 02, 2017

  • Dear Tess: our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your Aunt Kathleen. Her obituary is lovely. It's obvious that she was an amazing woman and it's understandable why you were so close to her. You must have so many happy and special memories. You're in our thoughts and prayers. Take care. Hugs, Bill & Wendy - Posted by: Bill and Wendy (friend) on: Jan 01, 2017

  • I remember Kathy from our school days together in Sperling. So sorry for your loss. - Posted by: sandra howland () on: Dec 31, 2016

  • So sad to lose Kathleen, but good that her suffering is over. She was a unique and lovely person. Stalwart inspiration of the Sperling "Schoolkids", she will be missed. Condolences to Wendy, Lyall and family, and Harlan. Sorry we can't be there on Jan. 3. Carolyn & Glenn - Posted by: Glenn Peckover (Cousin and friend) on: Dec 31, 2016

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