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Kim E. Lee Kwai

March 23, 1953-Sept. 10, 2013


Kim Lee Kwai’s life was a testament to the power of compassion and kindness. Kim’s greatest talent was making and maintaining devoted friendships.

Kim Krawsky grew up on a small farm in Ridgefield, Wash., with her parents and three brothers. She graduated from Ridgefield High School, went on to the Evergreen State College and obtained her degree in health education and early childhood development. At Clackamas Community College she worked in the Early Childhood Development Center and was a part-time instructor in parenting for several years. Other employment included retail stores in Canby and five years as secretary/office manager at Canby Alliance Church.

She enjoyed gardening, crafting, reading and movies. Above all else, Kim was a “foodie” whose tastes were limitless with a cooking style to match.

In addition to many U.S. cities and ship cruises, Kim loved her visits to Norway, Germany and Guinea (West Africa), and down the Danube River. Her ultimate destination was to Maui and Oahu where she and husband Harry absorbed the culture and lived “island style.”

Her greatest gift and achievement were her kids: Josh, Jessi and Max. She shed big tears over them, supported them, applauded them and prayed mightily each day for blessings in their lives. Her children were her soul.

In her final hours, she held her newest grandchild, who was less than 20 hours old, Arie Kekoa Wandler.

Kim is survived by her mother, Gwen; brothers, David (Mary) and Brian (Debi); husband Harry; children Josh, Jessi (Dean) and Max (Jennifer); and grandchildren, Halle, Sebastian, Lucca, Arie, Sunny, Corinne and Noah.

A celebration of life will be held on Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. at Canby Alliance Church, 900 N. Juniper St., Canby. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Canby Alliance Church.