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Saturday November 17, 2012

FINDLAY, Kathleen Ethel

Ireland of Brandon, MB was born April 18, 1914 in Boissevain and was the middle of three daughters of Rev. and Mrs. Percy Heywood. She passed away in Selkirk on November 11, 2012 at the age of 98 years. She was a proud member of the class of '35 from Brandon College. In 1939, she married Dr. John Anglin (Jack) Findlay. Together, they raised three children: Leslie, John, and Jeff. In the early 1960's she began another chapter as a social worker for the Children's Aid Society. In retirement, she enjoyed going to Arizona and California for the winter months and lived in B. C. for a number of years. The cottage at Pelican Lake was Mom and Dad's home away from home. Mom's piano was always a close companion and she revisited lessons as a 'mature student'. She dabbled in creative writing and had a number of short stories published. She remained an active bridge player into her 90's. Virtually never without a pet, she had dogs in her earlier years and her beloved cat in later times. Mom retained a sharp mind and fostered keen interests ranging from the arts to politics to social issues. Her sense of colour was applauded by her artistic older sister Irene. She confessed to heated philosophical debates with her younger sister Pat. Never without a good book or newspaper, she was seldom out of earshot of the CBC. Kay (Katie) didn't fit the common mould. Her conversations weren't small talk. She taught us to read and relax, to laugh, and talk openly. In her own words, living through two world wars and the depression years taught her that people, not things, were most important. She lived independently and in relatively good health into her mid 90's. She was predeceased by an infant child (Nancy), her first husband (Jack Findlay), two sisters (Irene Hemsworth and Pat McCreery), and a second husband (Jim Ireland). She is survived by three children: Leslie (Dan) Williams of Oakbank, John (Linda) Findlay of Edmonton and Jeff (Janice) Findlay of Red Deer. Her joys included nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. At age 98, her many friends became few, but this small band of cohorts was dear to her. The family would like to thank those friends, acquaintances and neighbours who aided her in her later years. Her family physician, Dr. Jeanie Deong, and the extended staff at Victoria Landing are recognized for their support. A private memorial will be held at the family cottage when the Manitoba weather cooperates.

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