McKNIGHT, Katelynn Ariel (formerly known as Joe Dunn) of Edmonton, Alberta.

Katie passed away suddenly on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at the age of 27 years. She is survived by her parents, Cathy and Phil Dunn, special friend Karen, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of Katie’s unique life will take place Saturday, October 1, 2016, between 2 and 4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church hall, 1A Fieldstone Drive, Spruce Grove, AB. A program will begin at 2:30 p.m. with opportunity for people to share their memories of Katie’s life.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Canadian Mental Health Association or a charity of your choice.

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St. Andrew's United Church - Spruce Grove

1A Fieldstone Drive
Spruce Grove, AB, CA, T7X 2Z3

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Ashley willson

My condolences to your friends and family. I too didn’t know you. The only comfort I take from this, is knowing that you are at peace now. You were an integral part of this world and you will always be remembered. A shame it lead to this.

Tanya W.

I just learnt about Katie’s passing yesturday and am deeply saddened. Katie reached out to me approx 7 yrs ago, at my place of employment, that she visited on a regular basis. Her and I instantly became close. I made it my mission to try my best to help her with anything she needed , to help ease some of the pain she felt and to just listen and be there for her whenever she needed a friend.
Katie lost all hope of ever having what she referred to as “normal” life. She felt the world was against her and she’d never get the proper help she desperately needed, which just broke my heart. I will miss our long conversations, our outings together and most of all her big heart!!! She was always so concerned about me when I was the one trying to be there for her… bless her amazing heart!!❤️
I know that Katie is not suffering anymore and that part I am happy for, Fly free with the Angels, my friend. And I hope u can see now that u meant something to so many people . You were beautiful just the way u were , u were accepted… and your story is now being heard and I know how important that was to you… my condolences to her family. Never met any of them but I heard a lot.
I really wish I could have been there today for u but u were definitely in my thoughts all day today…
I was so afraid this day would come way to soon. 🙁 love u my friend.

Cynthia Robinson

I am deeply saddened to hear of Katelynn’s passing. I met her at Alberta Hospital when my daughter was admitted the very same night in May, 2015. She was tremendously caring and protective of my very vulnerable daughter. Staff forbid us to express that connection but we found a way and she touched us deeply. Yes, Katelynn had more than her fair share of troubles but that cannot and should never be allowed to overshadow her huge and gentle heart or her incredible intellect. I am proud to have known her for the short time we were allowed but terribly sad that our deficient and broken system failed her so badly. Katelynn, I hope you finally have peace and know that you mattered to us very much even if we were not allowed to express it.

Carole binda

I didn’t know her but her unnecessary death greatly saddens me. Both for her loss, the loss to the rainbow community and the chosen family that loved her. Sleep well sweet lady. Remember that you were loved by strangers that support the community.


I did not know this precious soul, but everyone in the LGBTQI, including myself, here in the USA will be thinking of her until the end of time. I am sure she was an amazing person. Too many cruel people out there. R.I.P. Katie. Your body might be gone from this cruel world, but your memory will live on in those who knew and loved you and all your unknown family in the LGBTQI around the world. My prayers and thoughts go out to all your friends and family during this very difficult time.


Although I didn’t know you well I know we shared a common demon (mental health) I pray that you’ve found peace now and all your demons have lefty oh in internal peace .

Jolene Whitnack

Katelynn I know you can’t see this but I am Sööööö sorry that all that happened to you. I am so sorry that it got so bad that you had to leave us forever. I send my most deepest sincere condolences to your family Katelynn and I’m so sorry May you know finally rest in peace. Rest in Paradise


My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to Katie’s family!
May she find the peace not found in life! May you all find a way to smile through your heartbreak!

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