Piercy's-Mt. Washington Funeral Home

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Cathy Marie Korven

February 17, 1957January 23, 2020

Loving mother, wife, sister and grandmother, Cathy Korven, passed away at home in Comox, BC after a long courageous battle with Huntington’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Bryan Korven, three children, Rebecca Korven (Aaron Andrews) of Sydney, N.S., Sara Mordue (Michael) of Maitland, Australia and Joshua Korven of Sydney, N.S., two grandchildren, Ocea and Kaia Mordue, and two sisters Sharon McAuley of Victoria, B.C. and Lynn Francis (Colin) of Saskatoon, S.K. She was predeceased by her parents George and Theresa McAuley of Saint John, N.B.

Cathy was born in Amherst, N.S. but lived in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg before marrying and moving to BC in 1979. Cathy had a passion for art since childhood and spent her life capturing the beauty around her in watercolour, oil and photography. She was a member of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists. Her paintings have been selected for exhibition in juried galleries across Canada and she received awards from the Federation of Canadian Artists. Cathy Korven’s art can be found in collections in Japan, Europe and across North America.

Cathy was a true inspiration to all who knew her. She was a kind, gentle, loving soul. She focused on her abilities instead of dwelling on her disabilities, showing incredible strength, determination and passion for life despite her debilitating illness. Though the last ten years of her life brought many challenges, she continued to travel with her husband Bryan to Italy, France, Mexico, Australia and the East Coast of Canada and to produce art and photography up until a week before she died. She loved her family deeply and saw beauty and miracles in everything around her. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

We would like to thank all of the careworkers and nurses that helped to keep her comfortable and at home for the last 10 months of her life. Donations in Cathy Korven’s memory can be made to the Huntington’s Society of Canada or the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.


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Trish Repay

February 6, 2020

Bryan, Sara, Becky and Josh,
We are so deeply saddened to hear the news about Cathy.
I enjoyed many hikes, conversations and cups of tea with this lovely woman. Cathy was a wonderful person, full of creativity, sincerity and strength. She will be missed.

We're thinking of you with heartfelt sympathy and wishing you comfort in your memories, moments of peace and many joyful reminders of Cathy and her amazing life.

warmest wishes,
Lorne & Trish Repay

Our memories are the legacy of our loss...

Lynn Francis

January 31, 2020

Cathy and I were only 14 months apart in age and shared, not just a bedroom, but a bed until high school, in Winnipeg, when big sis Sharon moved out. I fondly remember many giggles from that time of sharing.

We had a ton of fun in high school when swing dance contests became popular. I think that was after the movie “American Graffiti” was released. Cathy and I won a few of those contests.

In high school we were also able to finally take gymnastics lessons together at the Winnipeg Winter Club. That was a dream we had since quite young. We also enjoyed two summer camp visits with the YoungLife Christian group from Winnipeg.

In our late teens, we joined the Navy Reserve at HMCS Chippawa for a few years. It was just a shame they had the ugly unified forces uniform at the time.

So many great memories of a wonderful sister I will dearly miss.