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Obituary: Kassandra Tashina Shanice McGarvey (Tx̱íts'a-t / Kassie / Sassy)

She was resilient and brave and had a fierce tenacity for life.

Sunrise: Nov. 25, 1991 – Sunset:  Dec. 8, 2022

It is with great sadness we advise of the passing of our loving relative Kassandra Tashina Shanice McGarvey. 

Kassie was born to her parents Sandra Jacobs and Kevin McGarvey, on Nov. 25, 1991, in Nanaimo, B.C., and descends from the Jacobs/McGarvey & Wyse/Windsor Families.  

At about six months old, she fought her first battle with cancer.  

At that time her family moved home to, Xwélch'tstn, Capilano Indian Reserve No. 5, where she was raised with her cousins and relatives.  

Kassie beat cancer two more times, at the age of six and again in her early 20s.  

She was resilient and brave and had a fierce tenacity for life.

She attended Capilano Littlest One's Nursery School, Norgate Elementary, Carson Graham Secondary, Keith Lynn, and Native Education College.  

Kassie was an incredibly talented artist; she made her own button blanket, loved jewelry making, and drew amazing pictures.  

At a very young age, she had a very strong work ethic; she worked at Mcdonald's, a pet store, Claire's and Show Case.  

Her favourites were Hedley, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, Spice Girls, Back Street Boys, and Green Day.

More than anything, she loved her cousins and was known as 'Auntie Mom' to all the babies and ran the best Auntie Day Care for family and relatives.

Kassandra is survived by her loving mother, Sandra Jacobs (Rob), father Kevin McGarvey (Leslie); siblings Travis Paitsmauk Jacobs, Raven McGarvey (Karey), Ryan Cramner, Ken McGarvey, Aaron McGarvey; grandparents, David and Andrea Jacobs, and Penny McGarvey; aunts & uncles Stewart Jacobs (Sherree), Steven Jacobs (Jenny), Shelley Thomas (George), Kim McGarvey, Karen McGarvey, Kelly McGarvey (Richard) and Curtis McGarvey (Brenda); special elders Lynn Gosnell & Rose Johnston; special aunt Vina Robinson; special siblings Troy Baker, Tyler Jacobs & Shayla Jacobs; and many, many loving relatives and dear friends.

A funeral was held on Thursday, Dec.15.

Online condolences can be found at, and a live stream of the funeral service at:


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