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TALLMAN, Kathryn “Katy” Alison Jessop

October 14, 1983 – Calgary, AB
October 15, 2014 – Calgary, AB

 Kathryn Alison Jessop Tallman passed away peacefully on Wednesday October 15th, surrounded by her family. She leaves her loving husband, partner and best friend, Nathan, and her family, parents, Dale and Margaret Jessop, her siblings, Paul (& Teegan) Jessop, Fraser (& Kathleen) Jessop, Anna Jessop and her nephew, Harrison Jessop. She also leaves five grandparents, many aunts, uncles, cousins, Nathan’s family, the Tallmans and Robsons, and, of course, her furry friends, Loki and Rukia.

Katy was born in Calgary, growing up in Scarboro where she went to school at Sunalta, Bishop Pinkham and Western Canada. She was very involved in swimming, camping, Girl Guides and Church. She loved to do art and painted her room as a jungle. She ran the Youth Group at church, where she directed our large “Noah’s Ark” Mural and spent many summers at Naramata and Camp Kasota. “Squirrel” was one of the more beloved counselors, along with her siblings, “Dragonfly”, “Wombat” and “Chipmunk”. She loved going to Disneyland when she was 12 and her trip across Canada by train in 1989 and across North America in 2001 to visit extended family, especially seeing New York. She loved weekends at the cabin, especially swimming in the lake and diving off the dock. Trips to Vancouver Island to see cousins and siblings were very special to her.

 She moved to Lethbridge when she was seventeen to attend the University of Lethbridge where she took Fine Arts and Education. Shortly thereafter, she met the love of her life. She and Nathan hit it off instantly and have been together for the last twelve years. They bought a house in Lethbridge and had many roommates. Katy became a champion at Name That Tune and spent her days making art, eating sushi or Vietnamese and laughing with friends. She swam every day and in even competed in the Splash, Pedal, Gasp Triathlon at U of L.

Meanwhile, Katy started lifeguarding at the Lethbridge pools. That led to teaching water safety, Aquasize, and Learn To Swim. She had a special passion for working with seniors and babies. Soon she was the Pool Director – managing pools and training lifeguards. She made lots of close friends, who supported her throughout her battle with cancer.

Katy and Nathan were married at Scarboro United in Calgary in June 2009. They went on a short honeymoon to Banff (later to Mexico). Katy and Nathan bought a house in Calgary where Nathan was working and Katy got a job at Intact Insurance as a dispatcher. She continued to work at Rec Excellence in Lethbridge, teaching water safety instructors and lifeguards.

 She made a wish list. Katy continued to teach at Rec Ex and also did some travelling. She went to Mexico with Nathan, Cuba with the Robson’s, Costa Rica with Aubrey. In May, Katy, Anna, Dale & Margaret went off on a European holiday starting in Paris and ending in Barcelona, two of Katy’s must-sees. She went to Las Vegas with Shannon, and back to Hornby Island with Natalie. In September, Katy, Nathan, Margaret & Dale flew to Hawaii for a cruise from Honolulu, through to Tahiti and New Zealand to Sydney, Australia. She returned on her 30th birthday where we had a swinging superhero roller skating party. Katy went to Maui with Margaret, Dale, cousin Hailey and Aubrey. Her last trip was a week at the Windermere cabin with Nathan.

 She got cancer in July 2009, endured two major operations and many months of chemotherapy. We would like to thank all those who helped her at Lethbridge Cancer Centre, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Foothills Hospital, Dr.Roth, Dr. Schwarma,and Agape Hospice. For the last two years, Katy and her team “Chemosabes”, participated in the Underwear Affair for “below the belt” cancers.

 She was always a child at heart, always dancing, smiling, singing, and joking. She loved children, and loved being with them. If a child came to visit her, she would bring out the children’s books, her toys and songs and her fabulous collection of puppets. She was a doting aunt to Harrison, and a cherished surrogate aunt to many.

 Katy’s final wishes to you: Give blood, Give to the food bank, Use good grammar, and Learn to swim.

We will celebrate Katy’s life at Scarboro United Church (134 Scarboro Avenue S.W.) on Thursday, October 23 at 2:00 pm. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Katy Tallman, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Tara Ferguson :

    I met Katy in Lethbridge, through a mutual friend, Andrew. Even though it was only a few times I had so much fun and she definitely made me laugh. My thoughts are with Nathan and the family.

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  2. Ptarmigan (Rebecca Robertson) :

    I forged a friendship with Squirrel at Silver Creek Ranch. She helped me pick my nature name out of a 10th grade Biology text book on the bus; that was the only time I opened that text all week. One of my few friends I had in high school she was always a joy to be around and made the hearts of those around her sing.

    Time has passed and although I have no new memories of “all grown up” Katy, she stays young in my heart as I relive our high school years and time at camp. I cherish those memories and she will continue to sing on my heart. “One thing that I know, and I know it’s true; I’m better now, for the knowing of you.”

    My condolences to her partner, close friends, and family for your loss. Thank you for sharing her with the world.

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  3. Martha Webster :

    Though there’s little that friends can say or do, may the unspoken words of caring and the silent prayers that come from within the heart give you strength and peace. May God be with you in this time and hold you gently in his heart. Martha

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  4. Madeline Wood & Neil Hughes :

    Deepest sympathies from the Hughes – Wood family. We have been privileged to be friends and neighbours with the Jessop family for many years. Our hearts break for all of them in their loss of Katy. We know they will find comfort in their memories of Katy and their love for each other. We love you, Jessop.

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  5. Pete & Mandy Lallier :

    we are so sorry to hear of Katy’s passing. although we (Mandy) didn’t know her that well, I feel I knew her through fabulous childhood stories the Lalliers would tell. Rest in peace Katy

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  6. Sharon Woodhouse :

    What a great capture of one person’s life if that is even possible to do. Margaret, you did a wonderful job and there are places in the words where I was “yep, that sure is Katy”. I know this must have been hard for you to write. I can feel it when I read the words that they came from your heart. Know that you are in mine every day. Love from sharon

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  7. Laura and Terry Bachynski :

    Being neighbours with you on Sharon Avenue afforded us a clear view of your outstanding parenthood. Our children played together and that is where we met your Katy. Our hearts reach out to yours in this incredible journey of joy and grief. Grief for your loss but joy in knowing that you have experienced such love together in your family and friendships and that Katy will be waiting for you when it’s your turn for the journey. Your ex-neighbours but forever friends…..the Bachynski Family.

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  8. Dear hubby, parents and friends of Katy,

    May your memories of Katy help to keep you strong and in the best moments of Katy’s very happy life. I am so sorry for your loss! Colleen

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  9. Georgia Morris :

    Katy instructed our Aquafit in Lethbridge and was the greatest. She had so much energy and vitality and was loved by all of us. We will miss you Katy

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  10. Claudia and Max :

    Although we don’t know Katy, we knew Dale and Margaret Jessop, when we attended Scarboro United Church. I must say I am so sorry for your loss. One of the reasons is that you both had so many acts of love and respect for others, that also only the most loving parents could do for their child. I have inserted the poem below for you that I wrote – if nothing, it makes sense to me, and hopefully to you too.

    Twilight Solitude

    If god were to show his presence,
    I believe that I would be,
    A dancing Palomino
    On an effervescent sea

    If angels were my guardians
    I believe that they would see
    My life line and my heartbeat
    Reaching sky beyond a tree

    If unicorns would show the way
    to renewal, power, healing, eternal life
    Oh how, and how, would we beckon love
    till the end of the earth.

    And Dale and Margaret, our precious beloved,
    just let us know when you hurt.
    For we are the god, the angels who guard,
    and the unicorns of your destiny.

    Our deepest sympathy, Love,
    Claudia, Max and Quentin … your Palomino friends.

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  11. Letitia Bosomworth :

    I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Katy, however I had heard nothing but amazing things over the years from friends and family. Nathan I send my sincere condolences to you and your family. I send you a great deal of love and hope your way. Our thoughts are with you.

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  12. My heart goes out to all of you……God Bless……

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  13. Darlene Selby :

    Dear Margaret,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending you much love.

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  14. Ginny O'Brien-Kelly :

    Please accept my deepest condolences in the passing of Katy and at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  15. I cannot imagine your sadness. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  16. Lynnette Jessop :

    Margaret, Dale and Family
    My thoughts are with you, please accept my deepest condolences. Sending you healing hugs.

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  17. Mel and Angie Lowe :

    Dear Dale and Margaret: Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of Katy rest in peace.

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  18. Peter and Barb Horder :

    Dale, Margaret and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss and send you all so many hugs! The celebration of Katy’s life today was so beautiful.
    Love, Peter and Barb

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  19. Rick and Sharon Gale :

    We want to send our deepest condolences to all of the family. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

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  20. Katy and I went to bishop Pinkham and western together. In bp we were in band. I’m so sorry for your loss. Wishing you many good wishes and His choicest blessings.

    Alya
    Xoxo

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  21. Dear Margaret, family, and friends,

    I was so sorry to hear today about the passing of your daughter, Katy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  22. Shanna Webster :

    Dear Margaret and family,

    May the memories of your beautiful daughter and the knowledge that others care sustain you at this difficult time. My thoughts are with you.

    Shanna

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  23. The Pynn Family :

    Dear Dale and Margaret,
    Words cannot express the sadness we feel on learning of Katy’s passing. She fought a very courageous battle with you, Nathan and the rest of your family by her side the entire time. Her courage, strength and spirit will be a large part of her legacy.
    May your memories be a comfort to you and keep the Katy that you loved so much still very close in your heart.
    With our deepest sympathy to you and all of your family.

    Fred, Cheryl, Jennifer, Alex and Scott

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