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Born: Sep 21, 1992

Date of Passing: May 22, 2020

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September 21, 1992 – May 22, 2020

It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we announce that Katelyn Lee Mitchell, beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend, left this world unexpectedly on Friday, May 22, 2020.
Kate will be deeply missed by her mother Marilyn Lee; sisters, Jamie Lee (Joel Forest), Sarah Mitchell and Danielle Mitchell; grandmothers, Dorothy Turk and Enid Mitchell; nephew Damien Morrisseau; uncles and aunts, Mike Turk (Wendy Bowcott), Dave Turk (Caron Turk) and Mary Ann Mitchell and family; cousins, Ryan Turk and Shayne Turk and all of her friends, especially Doris and Tasia at VIRN, Ann from CNIB and best friend Erika.
Kate was predeceased by her father, Colin Mitchell; grandfathers, Allan Mitchell and Charles Turk and uncles, Wayne Mitchell and Miles Mitchell.
Kate was known for her happy-go-lucky personality; she always had an enthusiastic smile to share. She strived to live courageously by example and hoped to be an inspiration to others. She found joy in volunteering at Craig Street Cats, writing her creative short stories and making collages for everyone in the family for special occasions and birthdays. She loved to spend time with family, friends and her pets, Keira, Hanna, Oliver, Kairo, Eli, Deniro and Carly.
As we celebrate our best memories of Kate, we remember that life should always be lived to the fullest, as Kate lived hers, because it can be so fragile and fleeting.
We would like to thank the staff at St. Boniface Hospital, especially Natalie in the ICU, for all the care and compassion that was provided. We also want to say a special thank you to Cory Tucker, who made life a little easier during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Craig Street Cats in memory of Kate.
Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, a celebration of Kate's life will be held at a later date.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 30, 2020

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • I met Katie through a mutual friend a few years ago and was struck by how open and genuinely kind she was. Occasionally we’d end up on the same bus or sharing a taxi ride home and we’d laugh and talk for the entire trip. She’d tell me about her latest story or poem, or her latest craft project, and of course I’d get to hear all about the antics of her cats both at home and at CSC. She was a lovely young woman and she'll be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to Katie’s family. - Posted by: Janet (friend) on: Jun 05, 2020

  • I was greatly saddened to learn of Katie's passing I had the privilege of working with Katie during her time at Shaftesbury High School. I will always remember Katie's positive outlook as she learned to use the tools she needed to overcome her vision loss. She will be missed and is gone too soon. - Posted by: Bob MAuthe (Former Teacher) on: Jun 01, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of this, and shocked. I enjoyed my time with Katie as her Vision teacher from elementary through high school. We worked together with travel skills, daily living skills and her school program. I will remember her happy smile, her enjoyment of friends, her pets and always trying when she faced challenges due to her low vision. Take care, Marilyn - Posted by: Freya Martinot (Former teacher of the visually impaired) on: May 31, 2020

  • I first met Kate at the summer camp for children age 9-21 that Winnipeg's CNIB office ran in Manitoba's White Shell area several years ago, in the mid 2000's. As we were in different cabins, I didn't get to know her too well, but I think she had a good time there. We reconnected in June of 2017 when at a games/socializing afternoon that the CNIB Manitoba Youth Council, then a somewhat new group, put on with the help of a CNIB staff member from the Winnipeg office. Since then, I'd gotten to know her better, and she always took my antics in stride. We shared a fondness for cats, baked goods, Tim Horton's, babies (a mutual friend of ours had a baby last August and we were both able to spend time with her), good music and Dr. Phil shows, and I'm sure we could've found other things that we both liked had we been able to spend more time together in the future. Kate helped me organize a birthday supper at Cindy's Burgers and Subs this past February in celebration of my 28th birthday, and as I remember it now, I only hope that I remembered to say thank you to her for her help... she was much better at using texting and social media to communicate with our mutual friends than I was and still am. Life is so short. Don't take it for granted. Sending my sympathy to Kate's family and friends. We will never forget her. - Posted by: Ana Gschwend (a friend from the CNIB) on: May 31, 2020

  • I met Katie when I was working at CSC. She always had such a bright smile, and a positive attitude. Her happiness was contagious, and her love of cats was undeniable. I remember working with her fondly, she will be missed, not only by the staff and volunteers but also by the cats she cared for. Hugs from a fellow animal lover!!! - Posted by: Simone (Friend) on: May 31, 2020

  • I'll always remember seeing Katie sitting in one of the free range rooms with the cats just swarming over her. She had that special touch that the cats responded to. My special condolences to Marilyn and Jamie. - Posted by: Susan Pickard (friend) on: May 31, 2020

  • Katy you went too soon. I worked along side with you at the "shelter" for several years and it never failed to amaze me how you remembered all the cats"s names and their history. They will miss the love you gave them in the short time you were there. To the family of Katie my condolence, she will be missed by all of us who came to know her. - Posted by: Doreen Amadatsu (Friend and volunteer from Craig Street cats) on: May 31, 2020

  • It was always a treat for the cats to have you join them at Craig Street Cats for a visit. You lit the place up with your smile. Your caring nature will be greatly missed 😻 - Posted by: Lorien (Volunteee) on: May 30, 2020

  • Katie, I just do not know what to say, you were always so interested in the cats at Craig Street Cats and always excited when a cat was adopted. We had many conversations at CSC and on Facebook messenger. You would tell me what your latest project was and if you were working on a story, you would send me a bit of the story. - Posted by: leah paluch (friend) on: May 30, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Words alone are not enough to to express the depth of sorrow one feels when one losses a loved one. My sincerest condolences. She sounded like a loving, caring and happy person, who loved to be helpful and really cared about animals. Sincerely, Samantha Tomchuk ( an animal lover and donator to Craig Street Cats). I will make a donation in her name. - Posted by: Samantha Tomchuk (Read about her from Craig Street Cats) on: May 30, 2020

  • I knew Katie at Craig Street Cats through volunteering. Always open and friendly, she shared that she knew my teacher brother at Shaftesbury High School. Katie never failed to brighten my day because she was so cheerful and optimistic. She shared her big heart with people and animals alike. - Posted by: Carmen Asu (Friend) on: May 30, 2020

  • I never met Katie and only knew her from her posts on the CSC Alumni FB page. Her posts were always so funny and full of pride and love for her furry friends that you couldn’t help but smile when you read them. I’m so sorry for your loss, please accept my condolences. - Posted by: Leslie (Aquaintance) on: May 30, 2020

  • Katie always lifted my spirits when I saw her! She was encouraging and kind and caring. The cats were so fortunate to have her in their lives---as were the rest of us who worked with her. - Posted by: Robin Cordray (co-volunteer with Katie at CSC) on: May 30, 2020

  • I worked with Kate for years at the shelter. Her smile lit up the place. She had a special connection with the kitties, many who were shy with others. Her memory of each of the 200 cats personalities was amazing. I know that Kate visited with all the fur babies at the Rainbow bridge. She is surrounded by the love of family & smiling, cuddling all the fur babies. A donation has been made in Kate’s memory to Craig Street Cats. Cuddle on , Kate 😻 - Posted by: Fay Demedash (Craig Street Cats Friend) on: May 30, 2020

  • Katie was a welcome face at Craig Street Cats. She shared great joy and enthusiasm with all of our staff, volunteers, and especially the cats. We will miss her bright smile, and the unconditional love she gave to all around her. - Posted by: Lynne Scott (Executive Director, Craig Street Cats) on: May 30, 2020

  • Dear Marilyn and family, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Katelyn. I have so many fond memories of her at Dieppe School. She always had a smile, a joke or a hug. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Karen Neufeld - Posted by: Karen Neufeld (Friend) on: May 30, 2020

  • I was so sad to hear of Kate's passing. Although Kate and I did not volunteer at the same time at Craig Street Cats, I had the pleasure of meeting her at a number of fund-raising events. She was always so cheerful. Seeing pictures of Kate and her beautiful animals, I could see the love of these pets in her eyes. Sincere condolences to her family. - Posted by: June Pospishell (Facebook friend and volunteer at Craig Street Cats) on: May 30, 2020

  • Katie was so inspiring to so many. I met Katie at CSC a few years ago. She had such a contagious smile and positive personality. The CSC cats had a much better life due to Katie’s love for them and the special attention she gave them. - Posted by: Karen Rosser (Friend) on: May 30, 2020

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