Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on May 28, 1917, passed away February 9, 2003 in Nanaimo, B.C. Kay trained as a registered nurse in Stratford, Ontario and practised this chosen career for many years at the Ponoka Mental Hospital, Ponoka’s General Hospital, in Dr. Byers office in Ponoka, Alberta and later in Duncan, B.C.
Kay had 57 years continuous service with the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary and for the last 35 years was a member of the Ladysmith, B.C. Branch.
Kay was predeceased by her husband Thomas Hunt Earl and brother Don Cook. She was also predeceased by her parents during the flu epidemic in 1918 and was raised by her maternal grandparents in Ontario. Don was separated from her and raised by their paternal grandparents. Because of this tragedy, Kay’s family was uniquely important to her. Kay is survived by son Tom (Anne), daughters Karen (Gary), and Janet Ann (Don), eight grandchildren Dana Reuhlen (Laird), Darren Earl (Tricia), Grant Pierce (Karen), Greg Pierce (Heather), Todd Mason (Heidi), Cori Mason (Jamie), Nick and Brian Mangano and six great-grandchildren: Taylor, Rylie, Linden, Maya, Olivia and Ryder.
A memorial service was held at Sands Funeral Chapel, #1 Newcastle Ave., Nanaimo, B.C. on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 2:00 pm, followed by a reception at that same location. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. J.T. Lisinski of Ladysmith, B.C. and to the staff of Kay’s last home, Berwick on the Lake, Nanaimo, B.C.
When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me,
I want no tears or gloom-filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little – but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love we all shared,
Miss me but let me go.
Sands – Nananimo