Kim E. Lee Kwai

March 23, 1953 - Sept 10, 2013

Kim (Krawsky) Lee Kwai’s life was a testament to the power of ­giving compassion and kindness in ways large and small to whomever needed her. 
Her open disposition made her fit in easily. Her wisdom led young women to seek her mentoring. Kim’s greatest talent was making and maintaining devoted friendships.

Kim grew up on a small farm in Ridgefield, WA 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 5 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. Her husband always felt like he “ate like a king”.

In addition to many US cities and ship cruises, Kim loved her visits to Norway, Germany, Guinea (west Africa), and countries bordering the Danube River in eastern Europe. Her ultimate destination was to Maui and Oahu where she and husband Harry absorbed ­cultural Hawaiiana, breathed in the scent of the ocean and lived “island style”. Her knowledge of island ­history was better than most people who live there.

Her greatest gift and achievement was the wisdom, character, values, and fun she poured into her kids: Josh, Jessi, and Max. True, there was many a time she rolled her eyes at them. She shed big tears over them, supported them, applauded them and prayed mightily each day for blessings in their lives. She taught the big lessons. She shared in their experiences, happy or sad. Her children were her soul.

In her final hours of life, she met and held her newest grandchild (from Canada), 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 service will be held on Sept 21, 3pm at Canby Alliance Church, 900 N. Juniper St, Canby. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to ­consider contributions to Canby Alliance Church.

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