Murray; Kym Mioko (nee Watson) - It’s with a heavy heart that we have been forced to let go of an incredibly caring and loving person Kym Mioko Watson Murray Monday January 29th, 2018. In May of 2017, Kym was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with a double shot (Two genetic mutations instead of just one). Treatment began the day of diagnosis however the cancer proved to be incredibly aggressive and unresponsive to treatment. The incredible team, led by Dr Hay at Kingston General Hospital searched internationally for trials, but set backs were many and the clinical trials futile or found too late. Kym fought with tenacity and strength the entire way through.
Kym was an incredibly positive person, a fantastic wife and partner, an exceptional mother, daughter and friend as well as an accomplished ASL-English Interpreter, ally and advocate. She was “Me too”, “Times up”, “Love is Love” and “Equity for All” all rolled into a funny energetic package and decades earlier than social media ever had them trending.
Kym worked tirelessly in her position as Staff Interpreter with the Kingston CHS office for over 17 years. She mentored students, planned professional development workshops for the local freelance interpreters, sat on the municipal accessibility committee for years, hosted many fundraisers for the United Way, and volunteered to interpret in many areas to increase access for the Deaf community including concerts, theatrical productions and 4Paws. Kym was a union steward for many years and a picket captain during the CUPE strike. She was an active AVLIC and OASLI member even sitting on the OASLI Board as Secretary in 2011-2012 and further supported OASLI by coordinating, planning and hosting meetings and professional development in the Kingston area.
Kym leaves behind her loving husband; Jason, whose life, he swears, only really began the day they met. She is heart-achingly missed by her beloved daughter Marley, an exceptional eight-year-old in every way. She also leaves behind three incredible stepdaughters, Breeanna, Cortney and Ashley whom she considered her own and who meant the world to her passing on a sense of integrity, courage, humour and determination. The same traits she learned at the hip of her incredibly proud parents Ann and Rev. David Watson while growing up with her brothers Ryan and Robb (Jaye, sister in law/partner in crime) and nieces and nephew Mazie, Truman and Poppie.
Please join the family in celebrating Kym’s life at a service to be held on Saturday February 10th, 2018 at 2pm at Wartman Funeral Home - Kingston Chapel, 980 Collins Bay Road Kingston, Ontario. Aquamation has already taken place.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kingston Humane Society, to which Kym was a generous patron and/or a "GoFundMe" page entitled “Marley’s Educational Fund”which has been set up for Marley to help meet her future educational needs.