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With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of Kathaleen Ina Bertha Docker (aka Kid 13). On April 12, 1938, Kay was born on the homestead along the Assineau River, AB, into a large family of 16 kids to parents, William and Ruth Francis.
She leaves to mourn her children: Karen, Greg (Fran), Tod and Dale, grandchildren: Jamie Lee, Jessica (Mac), Niki (Austin), Riley, Richard (Amanda), and Jason (Brianna), and great-grandchildren: Kendra and Caleb, Taylor and Theo, as well as her brother Wayne (Marcella) and sister Carol. Kay was predeceased by her husband, Thornley and son-in-law, Alan Court.
Kay met Thornley in Quebec while they were both serving in the Military. Kay was a Fighter Controller Operator from 1958 to 1962. They married in Morin Heights, Quebec in 1961. Kay and her family were stationed in Moosonee, ON, Clinton, ON, Yorkton, SK, Comox, BC and, finally, in Winnipeg, MB in the house in Charleswood.
Family came first for Kay. Gathering for meals was very important for her. There was always room for another person at the table and plenty of great food. Kay loved to cook, bake, sew, knit, and quilt. Kay loved plants, to garden, enjoyed the natural world's beauty; she respected the need to be stewards of the land. Her passions have become her children's and grandchildren's and will continue with many fond memories. She also loved playing games and cards with her family after the table was cleared and kitchen organized.
Kay was an independent, active woman. She was very involved with Beta Sigma Phi, where she met lasting friends wherever she lived, receiving her 50 year pin in 2021. She loved her family. She spent thousands of hours watching her kids and grandkids playing sports, performing in plays or dancing. She went to Hawaii to watch them play basketball. She became a volunteer at the Winnipeg Folk Festival to be part of what they loved. Volunteering was also one of her lifetime passions with too many organizations to mention here. Kay loved travelling, fulfilling one of her lifelong dreams of going to Australia. She was also a lover of music.
Kay lived life on her own terms. We are thankful for her quick wit and sense of humour, right to the end. Rest well, lovely lady.
A Celebration of Life will occur on October 23, 2022, at CMU's Great Hall, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB starting at 1:30 p.m.
Donations to a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 08, 2022

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • It was a pleasure getting to know her and her positive personality. So sorry for your loss. Xo - Posted by: Patti Ling (Friend of family) on: Oct 13, 2022

  • Auntie Kay, there are so many things one could say but one of our fun times was when All the Francis Aunts and Uncles gathered in Otterville, Ontario and we pretended to have a pow wow lead by all the older ones. That was at Auntie Ileen’s house which also had farm animals so for us living in Toronto it was a real treat to see. Auntie Kay was one of the leaders for songs, food and games. Her and Uncle Thorn visited us in Toronto several times for more fun. She will be dearly missed by All. I’m sure Her, Uncle Thornly and my Dad have many stories to catch up on. Love Jenny, Webster and Family. - Posted by: Jennifer Francis Raymer (Niece ) on: Oct 13, 2022

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