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Born: Sep 20, 1965

Date of Passing: Jul 12, 2021

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(nee DIRKS)
Sept 20, 1965 - July 12, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, wife and friend, Kimberley.
She was born in New Westminster, BC and grew up in Buffalo Creek (100 Mile House, BC). Kimberley held various jobs prior to beginning her multiple decades in the aviation industry, commencing with Ward Air in 1988 as a flight attendant professional. Kim moved to Canadian Airlines with the merger of Ward Air. Kimberley was both a flight attendant and an instructor at Canadian Airlines. When the merger with Air Canada took place in 2000, she became part of an even larger group of flight attendants with whom she thoroughly enjoyed working. Kimberley always looked forward to going to work and would return with a smile and all her shopping discoveries from Hong Kong to London and points in between. In 2008, she began a new chapter in aviation with Transport Canada as a cabin safety inspector. She retired as a Technical Team Lead in 2019. Kimberley moved to Winnipeg in 1996 to join Dean Wilson in marriage and began her most rewarding accomplishment as a mother to Kendra in 1998 and Mitchell in 2000. Her well known enthusiasm for their basketball, volleyball, soccer and hockey accomplishments was legendary and was so very proud of her kids. She herself was an accomplished athlete, first in basketball in high school and later as a water-skier.
Kimberley had many passions which included being a superb cook and consummate dinner party host. She was happiest when around family and friends, and was a fantastic host at family gatherings. One of her favourite pastimes was gardening, as she loved planting both tulips and tomatoes. More over, she had great love for the family dog Stella and the long walks they would take at the off-leash parks. Kimberley loved her children immensely, and would often take them around the world to Europe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, US, and regularly visit British Columbia.
She is survived by her daughter Kendra Wilson, son Mitchell Wilson, husband Danny Hrynyk and Dean Wilson (ex), and her sister Cindy Dirks. She is predeceased by her father Ken Dirks in 1998.
Kimmy will be greatly missed by her family, friends and crew members. Due to COVID restrictions, a private service will be held and her ashes will be scattered at her favourite place on earth.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Addictions Foundation of Manitoba or K9 Advocates Manitoba.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • I’m so saddened to hear the news about Kimberly's passing. I’ve done Kim’s hair for years and I have listened to all her amazing stories/accomplishments re both children Kendra and Mitchell who she absolutely adored, their dog Stella who was bratty at times and Dean, she always had something nice to say about him. Her stories always made me laugh as she was a great story teller. She was a strong person, tackled things head on and wasn’t afraid to show her vulnerable side. Condolences to her family Dean, Danny, Kendra, Mitchell and all the people she touched along her journey. - Posted by: Karen (Hairstylist) on: Jul 28, 2021

  • Kendra and Mitchell I am so sorry to hear to about your mom’s passing. Sending you love and hugs. Your mom and I were room mates during our training for Wardair back in 1988- we spent many hours studying and laughing together. Take care and know just how much your mom was loved by so many people. - Posted by: Jacinta Crowe (Friend and Colleague) on: Jul 27, 2021

  • Kim was my sister’s best friend in high school. She was also our roommate in our first place when we all moved away from home. We lived in a little dinky basement suite where Kim talked us into renting her the furnace room for $90 a month. And that was Kim, always talking us into doing stuff we just normally wouldn’t do. She just exuded life. I was so lucky to reconnect with her when she stayed on Bowen a few summers back. I had not seen her in at least 30 years but she so easy to reconnect with. She was so kind to my mom who talked about Kim’s visit for weeks afterwards. Kim talked so much about her kids and it was clear they were her everything. Kim you are gone much much too soon but I hope you are sitting on a porch by a lake somewhere just chatting with your dad.❤️❤️Kendra and Mitch if you ever come back to visit Bowen know you have a bed! - Posted by: Gitte Jorgensen (Friend) on: Jul 27, 2021

  • Kimberly and I worked together as part of the Wardair family of Flight Attendants. Even though my heart hurts knowing of her passing, I am happy to know of her accomplishments and the love of her family and friends. Rest now sweet Flight Attendant Sister. - Posted by: Deborah Evans (Fellow Flight Attendant at Wardair and Canadian airlines) on: Jul 27, 2021

  • With heartfelt thoughts, I would like to send to all the family and friends my deepest condolences. I had the pleasure to work with Kim and spend some time with her in Ottawa during training. She was really a great person and a great colleague. Sincerely, Françoise - Posted by: Françoise Dehaye (Transport Canada Cabin safety colleague) on: Jul 27, 2021

  • It was always a pleasure to fly with Kim. Her smiling face will forever be a lasting memory. Gone far to soon. Rest in peace. - Posted by: john nakielny (colleague) on: Jul 25, 2021

  • Sweet Kimberly, What a treasure you were… smart, funny, kind and beautiful! I will miss you. Kendra and Mitchell… so much of our conversations were of you; how grateful she was to have you and how much she loved you. Dean, thank you for all you did for “Kimmy”. Remember the good times! I will always have her in my heart! - Posted by: Pennie Styan (Friend) on: Jul 25, 2021

  • Such a tragic loss for everyone who knew Kim, but especially for her kids, who I know she loved more than anything on Earth. Kim and I worked together at TC in Winnipeg. She had such a great sense of humour. Knowing how jealous my wife can be, Kim would often stop by my cubicle, pull a long blond hair from her head and place it on my collar before continuing on her merry way! She always made me laugh and I consider myself very lucky to have met her. She will be missed so, so much, Godspeed Kim. - Posted by: Spike Kavalench (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Today when I received the news that you had passed away, I was shocked and very sad. It brought me back 36 years ago when you were my maid of honor at my wedding, that was was fun. Life is short and I'm so sorry your gone and left behind a beautiful family. RIP peace Kim♥️ - Posted by: Suzette Jackson (Cousin ) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • We are so sad to hear of the passing of Kim. We so enjoyed our times at hockey gatherings. She was such a great cook and hostess. We use her lasagne recipe to this day. Our thoughts and prayers go to Mitch, Kendra and Dean. - Posted by: Werner & Andrea Wicha (Hockey friends) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • I will always remember my big sister as kind, out going and her love for are Auntie Lita and our dad! She was a mentor to me and lots of people that she came in contact with. She be very much missed. Rest In peace my big sister! Love you always 💓 - Posted by: Cindy Dirks (Sister ) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • My condolences to Dean and family on Kim’s passing. She will be sadly missed. I will remember that Kim always had the biggest smile and was a very warm, welcoming friend. We worked as flight attendants together and had many fun layovers together. I hope by thinking of the happy times together, it will get you through this very sad time. May you cherish all the special times together and carry them in your heart forever! 💕 My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Colleen and Brad O’Handley - Posted by: Colleen (Friends, Wardair Flight attendant ) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • I was very saddened to hear the news about a friend. I remember Kim being such a positive person in high school. My sincere condolences to the family and friends. I offer prayers and hugs to you all. RIP Kim - Posted by: Jo-Ann Swelander (High school friend ) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Kim was my closest cousin along with sisters Sherry & Cindy. When we were kids, our family used to travel up to 100 mile house where they resided and ride motorcycles together in the countryside. Fond memories forever etched into my soul. I loved her dad (my Uncle Ken) as he was always laughing and lived on the edge! My cousins took after him which probably made Auntie Vivian go grey too quickly! (Kidding). I’m so grateful to have kept in touch with Kim all this time and saddened by her passing. Far too soon like my mom and her dad. I’m sure they are all hanging out together now in the stars laughing at us all engaged in the rat-race, paying taxes and battling the chaos on Earth. See you on the other side Couz! Xoxo - Posted by: Jayson Dirks (Cousin) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • We enjoyed many years with Kim and the hockey scene. She was always smiling, cheering and taking photos. She loved the camera and sharing her great action shots which were much appreciated. She was a great supporter of the kids’ sports. We luckily got to enjoy several parties and many cooked appetizers at Kim’s house which were always a delight. She was energetic and a fun spirit. Her love for her children radiated from her when she talked about their accomplishments. She wanted to best for them and cared deeply. We pray Kendra and Mitch will remember and feel her love for years to come. She was taken from them way too young. 💔💔💔 RIP Kimberley. You will be missed. Sincere condolences to Kendra, Mitch, Dan and Dean. Hugs to you all during this difficult time. ❌⭕️❌⭕️ - Posted by: Vicki, Harry and Ben Blackwood (Friends ) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Kim was such a loving mom and amazing cook. She would welcome anyone to her home and did so for many hockey team Christmas parties. She was the biggest fan to her children and took literally thousands of beautiful photos of them on any occasion she could. She would do anything for anyone but just could not find a way to do the same for herself. We love you and will never forget your kindness Kim. Kendra and Mitch are two remarkable young adults, a tribute to you, but they needed you here. We are so sorry to say goodbye to you. - Posted by: Cynthia Carr (Friend ) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Sincere condolences to the family and Dean. Kim was far too young. May she Rest In Peace. Richard and Fiona Mervyn - Posted by: Fiona Mervyn (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2021

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