Kate Ellen Thomas

29th August 1976 - 23rd October 2019
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J Fraser and Sons Chapel
Corner Esk and Doon Streets
29 October 2019, 1:30PM

THOMAS Kate Ellen (nee Purdue)

On Wednesday 23rd October at Dunedin Hospital.

Much loved wife and best friend of Brendan and cherished and devoted Mother to Georgia and Molly.

She was the beloved daughter of Rana, much loved sister to Bella and Fraser, and a loved best friend to Ilana Edlin.

Kate was a loved daughter in law of Curly and Anne, and a much loved niece and cousin.

She was loved by her many friends and her pink sisters; aged 42 years.


E Kate, hoki atu ki te Kaihanga, ki te karanaga o Hinenuiitepo.

Ki te ponui, ki te po roa, ki te po kahore he otinga.

Ko te tatau o te po i mua i a koe.

Hoki atu ki te kaitiaki o te po.

No reira, haere, haere, okioki atu ra.


In lieu of flowers, in memory of Kate, donations to Furever Homes or Breast Cancer Foundation NZ can be left at the service.

A farewell service for Kate will be held on Tuesday 29th October at 1.30pm, J Fraser and Sons Chapel, Corner Esk and Doon Streets, Invercargill.

Private Interment at Eastern Cemetery will follow.

Messages can be sent to 3 Dome Street Invercargill or to Kate’s tribute page at frasersfunerals.co.nz/tributes


Thinking of you with a heavy heart as I remember your precious Kate as a young girl from our Amorangi netball days Rana, your world must be shattered......may your treasured memories be painted in colours that never fade.
Sending much love to each all of you
Jan Beatonxx
Jan Beaton, Christchurch
From one shocking pink sister to another. Saddened to read of the loss of a loved mother, wife, daughter and friend of many. Too young taken too soon!
Gwenda Benjamin , Invercargill
My beautiful friend - I miss you more than words can say. I think of you everyday and my heart is broken. They say “time heals” - but I am saddened more everyday that you are no longer here. Thanks for the flowers - I know it was you - love you forever. Thank you for being my friend xx
Paula Mckeown, Invercargill
Rana, I was talking to my mum the other day as I was supposed to be playing basketball up in Tauranga but I had injured myself and couldn’t play so wanted to let her know and she told me of Kate’s passing. I went through my Southland basketball photos and shed a tear as I looked through them all. I let the memories of playing with Kate and against her wash over me. I was always impressed with her abilities and how much you supported her. You were such a great mum. Although we haven’t kept in touch in these later years, my memories of the good times we shared still remain and I can remember them like yesterday. Time may dull those but it won’t take them away. As a mum of five, my heart goes out to Kate’s girls. I am sure you will help them remember their mum and what a legend she was. I am praying for you all. With much love, Megan Elmiger née Walsh (basketball buddy)
Megan Elmiger , Upper Hutt