Dec 11, 1920 – Mar 2, 2018
We are saddened to announce the passing of Kay Bartholomew March 2, 2018. Kay passed quietly in Vernon Jubilee Hospital after being admitted Tuesday, February 27.
A familiar figure in town, Kay could be seen walking down the steps of her home at the top of 30th to work at Wayside, after a stop at the post office to pick up the mail. A shareholder of Wayside, Kay was also an employee for 80 years, no, that’s not a typo; her last day of work was Monday, February 26.
Her worldwide travels were well documented with the yearly epistles sent at Christmas time. Stories of her trips and the mountains of pictures always made for entertaining conversation.
Kay will be sorely missed by the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club where she has not only been considered a pillar of their organization but also a coveted part of the extended family. Being a member of the North Okanagan Parks and Natural Areas Trust, Greater Vernon Water Stewardship Advisory Committee and the Bishop Wild Bird Foundation, her footprint is large in keeping the North Okanagan an oasis for wildlife and natural resources.
Her story would not be complete without mentioning a dinner Kay attended with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to Vernon in April 1983. In 1992 Kay was honored with the award of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th anniversary of Canadian Confederation by the Governor General.
Kay was preceded in death by her brother, Harold (Bart) Bartholomew and is survived by her nephews and nieces: Skip (Carol) Bartholomew of Armstrong, Chris (Colin) Hollamby of Australia, Janice Robinson of Vernon, Marcia Pierce of Armstrong and Kim Bartholomew of Armstrong.
A remembrance and sharing of her life will be held in the chapel at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Thursday March 8, 2018 at 11:00 am. Interment will be held at 10:00 am, March 8, 2018 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery followed by a remembrance and sharing of her life in the chapel and reception at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home.
Kay Bartholomew: “Widely traveled, always interesting, much loved, already missed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to PLEASANT VALLEY DIGNITY FUNERAL HOME, 4303 P.V. Road, Vernon, B.C. V1T 4M4 Phone: (250) 542-4333.
Condolences may be offered at pleasantvalleyfh.com
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