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GOODWIN, Marjorie (Kira)

GOODWIN, Marjorie (Kira)

[Kira Goodwin, our caring, adventurous, nurturing, loving, smiling, generous angel has left us for her next big journey beyond the mortal boundaries of this earth. Perhaps she is exploring her next big expedition with newfound friends in another universe. Kira gave us the gift of the first week of January to be with her in Kelowna General Hospital ICU and chose to leave us while at peace on January 6, 2018 with family and friends at her side. Kira did not recover from injuries sustained in an avalanche on December 31, 2017 near Stagleap Provincial Park in the Kootenays while skiing back-country with her love, Terry and good friends, despite their heroic efforts and those of search and rescue, the Trail Hospital trauma centre and many, many others. We can never express, sufficiently, our gratitude to all of those individuals and the extraordinary and caring professionals of the ICU team at Kelowna General Hospital, for bringing her to us so we could spend that last few days singing, dancing, sharing stories and truly celebrating her life.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on December 12, 1985, to Lori and Greg Goodwin and slightly older brother Bryce, she immediately (well almost) asserted herself with a personality that demanded attention, notwithstanding the colic that she suffered from. She loved life and the outdoors from the earliest age. When Kira was two, Goodwins moved to the Cowichan Valley where Kira picked up exploring the giant ravine adjacent to the house and making immediate friends in the neighbourhood. Moves to Prince George, Nanaimo followed and by this time Kira was practiced at making new friends immediately. The big move to Egypt brought out all of Kira's creative energies to prevent the move or to somehow avoid going herself, thus taking her away from her solid circle of Nanaimo friends that she dearly wanted to graduate with. "How about going for one year!” Ok she said and then she decided to come back for the second year and excelled at sports, academically winning the top award at Cairo American College, the Wib Smith Award. Returning to Victoria and entering university, graduating with a Psychology degree but the rest of the world was waiting and Kira was getting impatient. Working in Australia for two years was an exquisite international experience where she fell in love with almost perpetual sunshine. Who was Kira? She had a brilliant smile that lit up every room and expressed the same approach and attitude towards life. She had the innate ability to create not just friends but family everywhere she lived (Alberta, Australia, British Columbia, and Egypt). She had love for people and culture and a passion to travel the world. At last count, she had fully immersed herself and whoever she was with in over 44 different countries. She loved to laugh and it was intoxicating. She had a joy and love for life that she lived every single day and it was infectious. She loved her job as a Registered Nurse and was a highly respected member of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, until last year when she transferred to Hinton where she played an integral role working in the Chemotherapy Clinic and Operating Room. Kira was a rare and incredible athlete, life-long learner, lover of wilderness and wildlife, open hearted, thoughtful and kind. Kira travelled, travelled, travelled experiencing 44 countries with family and friends, she wanted to check off all countries in the world and her goal was to ensure she visited more countries than her age. and hers were not just visits and activities, not just beach volleyball or beer pong (although they definitely included those) - no, these were full on experiences whether, diving with great white sharks, tobogganing down a dormant volcano, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, running the Boston Marathon (everyone has heard about that one but what about the marathon on the great wall of China- why not!). Kira literally worked to travel and her family and friends had a tough time keeping up with the steady stream of new plans, ideas of countries to explore. She was a master organizer and figured out how to ‘fit’ in more adventures in any given year than seemed humanly possible. Kira’s spirit craved adventure and keeping up with her was a colossal challenge!She excelled in everything she did; work, school, and play. She followed her mantra of 'live, love and laugh'. Her friends describe her aptly as the 'yes' girl as there was no challenge too great for Kira. Her lust for life was beyond words. Professionally, she loved taking care of people as a nurse in the NICU, cancer clinic or OR. She absolutely loved her time in the Edmonton NICU unit, taking care of "pre-mees" and they loved her. Kira's move to Hinton to join her PIC (partner in crime) and love, Terry, brought her also closer to the mountains she loved to hike, ski and explore. She kept friends all over the world, and these were not just friends (as in Facebook type friends, although they are that as well), these are special individuals who experienced all that the world and life has to offer, deeply rich and engaging experiences.
“Live a generous life, true to yourself, never stop exploring, enter into every new situation with an open heart and mind and cherish and embrace your family and friends as often as humanly possible." "You are so wonderful to think about but so hard to be without." Kira is the newest, brightest star in the sky, the one with the twinkle, as she parties and dances with the other angels. Her family and friends are broken hearted over this loss. The only comfort is in knowing that she loved fiercely, lived life to the fullest, and because she touched so many people across the world, her memory will never be forgotten. She was truly one of a kind.
"It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them.........but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them." "She is floating /flying amongst us all, occasionally inspiring our imagination, healing our heart and lifting our soul." Those wishing to contribute to Kira's memory are encouraged to donate to Victoria Foundation where funds will be used for the following purposes: establishing a scholarship in Kira's name for a University student furthering studies in International Development, to help support Nelson Search and Rescue and Avalanche awareness and safely preparations.
The Kira Goodwin Legacy Fund will direct donations to a memorial scholarship at the University of Victoria, and to support avalanche safety and search and rescue efforts, in keeping with the attributes and life philosophies Kira possessed and demonstrated.
A website is in the works, but in the meantime if you'd like to make a donation you can do so here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/33493/donation
You can also make a donation by calling the Victoria Foundation at 250 381-5532 (this method will save you the 4% fee for donating online).
www.facebook.com/kiragoodfund/
Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.firstmemoriafuneralkelowna.com. Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna. 250-762-2299


Link: www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com
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