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KATHLEEN ( KAY ) BLAIKIE (published on June 14, 2008)



KATHLEEN ( KAY ) BLAIKIE Peacefully, after a lengthy illness, Kathleen Blaikie passed away on June 11, 2008 at Concordia Hospital. Kathleen (Kay) was born on September 2, 1924 to Alex and Mary Taylor, who arrived in Transcona in 1923 from Northern Ireland. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Bill Blaikie (Brenda), Don Blaikie (Allison), Kim Rombough (Pat), her grandchildren Rebecca, Jessica, Daniel (Janelle), Tessa, Michelle, Katrina, Aquila, Reyna, Liam, Terri, Korey, and Justin, her brother Alex Taylor of Dartmouth, her sister Maureen Sheldon of Transcona, her cousins Mary Bangartt of Transcona, Fr. Emmanuel Sullivan of New York, many cousins in Northern Ireland, and nieces and nephews here in Canada. She was predeceased by her father in 1961, her mother in 1982, her beloved husband Bob in 2003, by her son Bobby in 1979, and by two infant grandsons, Robert Sean in 1983, and Dylan in 1990. From a very early age, the life and work of the church was a very important part of Kay's life. She was involved in Sunday School, C.G.I.T., the choir, and Young People's Club, where she met Bob, when a fellow CNR apprentice brought him to an event. They corresponded while he was overseas with the Royal Canadian Navy, and were married in 1948. They enjoyed 55 years together. Kay's life was one of devotion and dedication to her family, her friends, her church, and her community. Kay was an organizer, a catalyst for people getting together, a reliably friendly, cheerful, humorous, and energetic presence that will be missed by all who knew her. She was an active and leading member of the United Church Women of Transcona Memorial United Church and of Confidence Rebekkah Lodge No. 40. Over the years she taught Sunday School, volunteered with Meals on Wheels, on United Church boards, at Park Manor, and in political campaigns, all the while being an ever present help to her family and friends. As a young woman she worked as a teller at the Toronto-Dominion in Transcona, something she liked to reminisce about in later years. Kay loved summertime at the lake. Many grandchildren will always have fond memories of the cottage at Lee River, and her children of earlier times at Brereton Lake, the Big Whiteshell, and various other camping experiences. Kay led a full life, and her strong Christian faith enabled her to give it up with gratitude and with confidence. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18 at Transcona Memorial United Church, 209 Yale Ave West. Revs. Carol Fletcher and Jeff Cook presiding. Interment to follow at Transcona Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Transcona Memorial Church. Condolences may be sent care of tranfc@mts.net. Transcona Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements


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