Catherine Mabel “Kay” McOnie

Sep 15, 1927 – May 20, 2018
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Kay McOnie on May 20th after a brief illness. Kay was born into the loving home of her parents William and Christina Wilson at Giffnock, Scotland on September 15th, 1927. She married the love of her life, Bill, in 1955 and lived for the next 14 years at the west of Scotland. In 1969 Kay and Bill immigrated with their sons Brian (Christine), Iain, and Robin to Pointe Claire, QC.

With Bill at sea for long periods, Kay cared for three young boys and established their new home in Canada. She worked outside the home and was an icon of compassion and empathy, always putting others before herself. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels, the UCW, the March of Dimes and the Lionettes. Kay was a social person and loved visiting or hosting her many friends in Quebec, Nova Scotia and eventually BC.

Through the years, multiple cats and dogs found a lifelong second chance with Kay and she viewed with suspicion those who didn’t like animals. In 2004 Kay and Bill retired to Vernon to be closer to their cherished grandchildren, Rebecca and Liam. Kay was widowed in 2011. While finding comfort in the Widow and Widowers group she was staunchly independent, living alone for 5 more years and traveling solo to Toronto, NS and Vancouver. Two years ago, Kay moved into an assisted living facility and found great pleasure in the organized games and music

On Mother’s Day, 2018 Kay became acutely ill and went to hospital. She was delighted by the bedside visits of her family, declaring ‘What a great Mother’s Day!’ Through her long life, Kay was consistently hopeful to the end and gave freely of herself – and always considered how fortunate she was. We shall miss her profoundly.

The timing of a celebration of Kay’s life will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Vernon Branch BC SPCA in memory of Kay, or your local charity of choice, would be greatly appreciated.

~Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life~ 


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