June 3, 2015 10:50 AM EDT

The family of an American tourist who was attacked and killed by a lion in South Africa has paid tribute to the “brilliant, kind, adventurous and high-spirited woman.”

Katherine Chappell, “was very much loved and shared her love for life with those she met,” her mom Mary, father Jon and siblings Jennifer, Lauren and Ryan said in a Facebook.

Known as Katie, the 29-year-old will be mourned at a memorial service in her hometown of Rye, New York, on Saturday.

Chappell had been living in the Canadian city of Vancouver since 2013, where she worked as a visual effects editor.


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