July 7, 1995 – December 7, 2019
It is with broken hearts that
we announce the passing of our beloved Brittany on December 7, 2019 at the far-too-young
age of 24 years.
Brittany is survived by
her parents Terry and Jeannie (Kuypers) and twin sister Megan, her future
husband Garrett Rattai and his family, her Grandma Bev and Grandpa Cliff and
numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, colleagues and fur friends. Brittany
is predeceased by her Oma and Opa Kuypers and leaves this world with her dear
friend, Aidan Kirby.
Brittany attended Birds
Hill Elementary School and then River East Collegiate in Winnipeg. She was always known for her quick wit,
stellar grades, and studious ways. After
graduating high school in 2013, she went straight into her studies at the
University of Manitoba where she graduated in June 2018 with a Bachelor of Science
Degree. Brittany went on to pursue her
Masters Degree in Animal Behaviour. She
was working on her thesis and was so proud to have finished collecting her
samples for her study on dogs. Brittany had
just finished coding all of her data and was in the process of compiling and
analyzing it to complete her complex and intricate study. She was passionate
about her research, and she loved studying and working at the Department of
Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
From a young age Brittany
had a passion for all animals. Her first
pets were bunnies, alpacas, and dogs. She
had a kind heart for all animals and was a staunch supporter of rescue dogs. She was especially proud of Boondox, the dog
her and Garrett adopted to be part of their lives. Brittany volunteered with D’Arcy’s Arc and
other dog rescue organizations. She
loved spending time at the Assiniboine Park Zoo and at Deer Meadow Farms. Brittany previously worked at Beausejour
Animal Hospital and loved helping the veterinarians. She was a part of many animal exams and
births, and this experience inspired her to pursue her studies and career.
During her school years,
Brittany excelled at many extra-curricular activities. She and Megan were in dance, competitive
horseback riding, and soccer for many years.
She continued to pursue her interests in art, dirt biking, fishing,
camping, attending country music concerts, playing in the Whiteshell,
volunteering, and traveling.
Brittany was always up for
an adventure. She rarely turned down an opportunity to do something potentially
fun especially when it came to anything outdoors. Brittany was always eager to go fishing,
whether it was by boat, canoe, ice fishing, or cat fishing with Garrett on the
Red River. She was known to show up at
an event in her red Jeep “Ruby” with clothes and gear for all occasions. Britt was always ready.
In her short 24 years
Brittany did a lot of living! Most of
her adventures were with Megan by her side.
The pair traveled together to places such as Ireland, Las Vegas, Mexico
and Costa Rica. They had that special twin connection that is bigger than just
sharing birthdays – they were truly best friends. This past Halloween the girls decided to
attend a party dressed up as the duo Patty and Selma from the Simpsons. They
nailed this costume, as they did with all of the previous Halloween costumes.
Not only did Brittany love
her twin more than words, her love for her parents was just as strong. They
were a close-knit family, and even quick calls from the grocery store ended in
‘I Love You’. Brittany was full of love – for family, friends, animals, and the
planet. Love guided her.
In the summer of 2017,
Brittany met her future husband Garrett, her “Lobster”. After a very short
while the two were inseparable and the love they shared was obvious to
everyone. They shared an enthusiasm for
nature and passion for animals, and they both loved travel and adventure. They completed a scuba diving course together
the following summer and became officially certified to have underwater
adventures. Recently, Brittany and Garrett purchased a house together and were
looking forward to making it their home.
They hosted a couple housewarming parties and started some renovations.
Their life of adventure together was just starting and unfolding beautifully.
“Vivacious” isn’t a big
enough word to describe Brittany. There doesn’t seem to be a big enough word to
truly capture her spirit. She was a beautiful, amazing person with a larger
than life personality. She brightened a room with her exuberance and animated
story telling. Her smile and prided
beautiful long hair made her an envy, even though her heart was her most
beautiful feature. If anyone needed a
hand, Brittany would drop everything, even if it meant sacrificing something of
her own. Brittany had a caring and
helping heart, and her kindness and generosity will be missed.
The family would like to
thank all of Brittany’s friends, her mentor at the University of Manitoba, past
employers, former teachers and coaches, and all those who shaped Britt to be
the person she was. In lieu of flowers,
please consider a donation to the Winnipeg Humane Society or the Health
A tribute to Brittany will take place Friday, December 20th at 1:00 pm. at the Brokenhead River Community Hall, 320 Veterans Lane in Beausejour, MB.
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Décès pour la Ville: Beausejour, Province: Manitoba