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KATHLEEN (KAY) FERENS (published on April 17, 2010)

KATHLEEN (KAY) FERENS (nee PERRY) 1924 - 2010 Our mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully at the Wexford Care Facility in Nanaimo, BC on Thursday morning April 8, 2010. She was 86 years old. She leaves behind to remember her with love and sweet memories her two daughters and sons-in-law Deborah (Jim) of Gabriola Island, BC, Donna (Garry) of Victoria, BC and her two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert (Linda) and Ron (Brenda) both of Winnipeg, MB. She was Grandma Kay to six grandchildren - Jason (Kate), Meghan, Alicia, Daniel, Jennifer and Justin and one great-grandchild, Victoria. Kay was born at home in Souris, MB on January 9, 1924, the first of five children She has one surviving sister, Frances of Moosimin, SK, two surviving brothers, Charles of Cumberland, BC, Ken of Portage la Prairie, MB, and sister-in-law Sue of Chicago, IL. She was predeceased by her beloved parents, Zelie and Wilfred, brother Stan of Chicago, IL, brother-in-law Emslie Kennedy and sisters-in-law Gerry Perry and Pat Perry. Kay moved with her family at the age of nine from Souris to Napinka, MB where she completed her education and then went to work as a telephone operator in Napinka, Melita and Souris. She was promoted to Chief Operator in both Grand Beach and Beausejour, MB. She had many fond memories of her work and told humorous stories of life plugged into the communities in which she lived. She met her husband Gene at a barn dance in Beausejour, MB. They married in 1950. Gene worked for Manitoba Pool Elevators and his work took them from Beausejour to Brunkild, MB where they raised their family. The family spent many long, summer days at their cottage at the Big Whiteshell - swimming, fishing, waterskiing, and entertaining their many family members and friends in the great outdoors of Manitoba lakes. They also traveled across Western Canada camping and exploring as they visited family across the land. In 1977 they semi-retired to Courtenay, BC. Kay was always an active member of her community wherever she lived - the church, Women's Institute, Girl Guide Leader, the BC Summer Games, recycling depot, volunteering in the local elementary school. On the coast she lived in Courtenay, Nanaimo, Gabriola Island and Victoria. Her family is blessed with her precious gifts of kindness, gentleness, humility, caring and hospitality. She made the best bean salad, butter tarts and lemon meringue pie ever! She was an inveterate journal keeper, keeping track of each day's events and activities, favourite quotes and recipes, remembering every birthday and anniversary. In her own words and in these daily musings she has left us with the comfort of knowing how much she cared for her family, many friends and neighbours, her mindfulness of each day's worth, curiosity about the world around her and her deep faith in the goodness of people. The family especially wants to thank the staff at Wexford Care Facility, her last place of residence, for their support, kindness and professional care. There will be a private family memorial and Kay will be lovingly laid to rest near her parents in Napinka, MB. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a favourite community charity. Rest in peace, mama.

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