Kathleen ‘Kay’ Heil

September 13, 1923 – June 26, 2020
Kay passed peacefully into the hands of her Lord and Savior on Friday June 26.
Kay was predeceased by the love of her life Bill in 2017, and her brother Carl. Born in Ellisboro, Saskatchewan on September 13, 1923 she was one of four children of Jake and Mary Ring.
She is survived by Maureen and husband Jim Dias, daughter Beverly Heil, grandsons and their families, Ryan and Holly Dias, Isabelle, Gabrielle, Brady; Shawn and Megan Dias, Benjamin and Eli; sister Audrey and her husband Larry Trousdell, brother Len Ring, and as well as many other relatives in BC and Western Canada.
Kay was raised on a farm in the Wolesley, Abernethy, Lemberg area of Saskatchewan and relocated to Vancouver Island with her family in the mid 30’s. Kay was involved with the war effort in the 1940’s and like many earned the handle “Rosie the Riveter”.
After the war Kay met the love of her life at a church picnic on Riverbottom Road. It was love at first sight. Kay and her husband Bill were married January 30, 1948 and lived all of their lives after that in the Duncan area.
Kay was a very devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a dear friend to many in the valley especially her church families at both the Trinity Lutheran and St. John’s Anglican Church. She was a devout and humble Christian. Kay was a kind and gentle woman, and loved her family deeply.
She was the “glue”, helping out Bill with his business and family and others whenever and where ever the need arose. She was proud of her family’s accomplishments, a great seamstress, an excellent homemaker and loved her garden. She always had time for a cup of coffee and a chat. She loved baking cookies with her grand kids and was very loving to her great-grandchildren. She wore a beautiful smile and always made sure she had her hair done and her lipstick on.
Due to the current Covid19 pandemic a small gathering of immediate family took place on Friday July 3, 2020 at a graveside service held at Mountain View Cemetery, Somenos Road where both Kay and Bill were interred together.
There are no words to express our gratitude to the wonderful staff at Cairnsmore for their care, love and kindness to Kay. Special thanks to Dr. Patricia Seymour for her compassionate care of Kay. Thanks to the Ven.Brian Evans for conducting the graveside service. No flowers by request, donations please to either St. John’s Anglican Church or Cairnsmore Place.
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