With heavy hearts, the family of Kathleen Mary Park announces her passing on February 28, 2019 at the age of 94 years. Kay was the most loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother (known lovingly as “Granny”).
Kay was born on April 24, 1924 in Coronation, Alberta. She devoted her life to her family - our home was filled with love! Mom loved to swim and camp, enjoying the campfire with family and friends. She got her nickname “Campground Granny” because she knew and talked to everyone at whatever campground she was in, but her favourite place was Wasa Lake.
Kay joined the Minerva Chapter of The Order of the Eastern Star in 1948 and was a member for seventy years. Mom was a great baker and made the best cinnamon buns, apple pies, meat pies, bread and oatcakes. Kay loved to play the piano and sing in many Anglican, United Church and community choirs in the Crowsnest Pass and with The Order of the Eastern Star; often singing beautiful solos. She had a contagious laugh that could be heard across the room, and her humour continued into her days at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre. Mom amazed us with the number of care workers who came to say goodbye to their favourite resident, the one who made them laugh. We heard this same comment throughout her life by friends and family; Kay always saw the light in life! Our family feels blessed to have had this beautiful soul in our life for so many years! You did good Mom, and we know you are dancing and laughing in Heaven with all your loved ones. Thanks for showing us how to Live, Love and Laugh!
“Tootle-pip, Granny! Tootle – pip!”
Left to cherish memories of Kay are her children and all of their families, Arthur Powlyk, Bill (Charlene) Powlyk, Rod (Sherry) Park, Grace (Bob) Franz and Bonnie (Bob) Kentch; and her stepdaughter, Janice (Karl) Theede. She will be remembered with love by her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially Ryan, Jessica, Sarah, Clayton, Alli, Kristi, Kyle and Meghan who will forever think of her when they smell apple pie. Kay also has many special nieces, nephews, and friends who will miss her deeply.
Kay was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Kathleen Pettifor; her siblings, Walter, Arthur, Dick, and George Pettifor, and Grace Williams; her first husband, John Powlyk; and her second husband, Jim Park; as well as two stepsons, Bob and Brian Park.
With respect for Kay’s wishes, a family Celebration of Life will take place in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation “Continuing Care” (PO Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555