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Obituary: Kilby Ann Kerr (nee Beckel) (1932 – 2022)


Obituary_Kilby Kerr

It is with profound sadness we announce that Kilby Kerr passed peacefully in the early morning of May 30th, 2022, at the age of 89. Kilby was predeceased by her husband, Sterling Kerr, her second eldest son, Rodger and her brothers, Vernon and Keith Beckel. She is survived by her sons Brian (Lynn), Reggie (Teresa), Brad (Deborha), Sister-In-Law, Bonnie Kerr, as well as many grandchildren, great grandchild and nieces and nephews.

Kilby was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, in 1932, and she attended high school at Scott Collegiate in Regina. In her final school year, she was President of the Student’s Council and Valedictorian for Class of ’51. There she met Sterling Kerr, and they were married on April 26, 1952. Sterling’s career in the oilpatch found Kilby moving her growing family often, and in 1966, the family located to Fort St. John - the last move for several decades.

Kilby and Sterling forged many long-lasting friendships in the oilpatch community and Kilby was involved with Oil Wives Association for many years. She took great pride in her home and yard and always cultivated an abundance of flowers with her ‘green thumb’. For a time, Kilby managed a centralized office providing services to several businesses. She also worked at the Medical Clinic and was a crisis line volunteer, extending her compassion, empathy, and grace to those who were fortunate to connect with her. Kilby had many hobbies - she was an accomplished seamstress, and created amazing needlepoint and embroidery projects, as well as many quilts along the way. Kilby was also entrepreneurial - starting and co-managing an exclusive lady’s wear clothing store that was successful for several years.

They retired to Kelowna in 2002, but sadly, Sterling passed in 2007. Kilby moved into Missionwood Retirement Resort and made an array of new friends.  In November 2020, Kilby moved to assisted living in North Vancouver, and quickly endeared herself to her caregivers. Many thanks go out to the staff of Amica Edgemont Village, for their care and attention in her final years.

Kilby’s remains were cremated in keeping with her wishes and a celebration to honour her life will be held at a future date.