Dawn Keeler (Sanou)

Dawn (Sanou) Keeler

February 3, 1976 – November 29, 2013


In the early morning hours of November 29, 2013, our beloved Dawn was gathered to her heavenly Father’s arms.

She is pre-deceased by her grandparents, her aunt Sheila Dermody and her mother-in-law Patricia Keeler. She is survived by her loving husband Scott, young daughters Catie and Jessica, her best friend Korri Mahoney whom she called her sister and who provided care to Dawn for many months, her mother Sharon (Gordon) Hand, father Hans (Margaret) Sanou, half siblings – sister Kelly (Tim) Bartlett, and brother Noel (Korrina) Jervis, father-in-law Garth Keeler, sister-in-law Alison (Corey) Daly and various aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Dawn was born and raised in Kitimat and graduated from MESS is 1994. She lived her adult life in Cranbrook, BC except for seven years in Claresholm, Alberta.

Dawn always loved caring for people as evidenced by her choice of profession – nursing. Even after her illness prevented her from working, she continued to find new ways to care for and bring joy to other people’s lives. This included even using her illness to intentionally bring people together. Part of Dawn’s legacy will be the relationships that were forged because of her willingness to share her journey with others. Although cancer took her from us, she didn’t lose the battle. With every new diagnosis she found something to celebrate and taught many of us to do the same.

A celebration of her life and the life she brought to others was held at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook on December 7. Those who wish to may contribute memorial donations to a trust fund for Dawn’s daughters at East Kootenay Credit Union, 920 Baker St., Cranbrook, BC V1C 1A5.