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Over the last 24 years Petersen hosted the Fairhursts on a regular basis when they visited Whistler, and went to visit them as well. She saw Kelly frequently at the beginning of her illness, but less in the last few years as the illness progressed and health problems kept her closer to home. Still, Petersen kept in touch through Kelly’s children, who would keep her updated by phone, letters and e-mail.
Petersen was saddened to hear of Kelly’s death, though it wasn’t unexpected. “She was a sweetheart, and I really lost her a couple of years ago you could say because of her illness. It’s a really unfortunate, unfair thing to happen to a wonderful person.”
Kelly is survived by both children and her husband. The funeral service is on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Sands Funeral Chapel in Nanaimo, One Newcastle Avenue, at 2 p.m. All friends of Kelly’s are welcome to attend.