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LELA IDA McKAY (nee FINLAY) With family by her side, Lela McKay, passed away on July 11, 2002. She was predeceased by her loving husband Philip in 1981. Her memory will be forever cherished by sons, David and Bryson (Marilyn) daughter Saundra (Peter) grandchildren, Jennifer (Henrik), Mark, Julia, Shelahna, Maxine, Lyndon; and great-grandson Damon; brother Bill (Shirley) sister Irene; and numerous nieces, extended family and many friends. Lela was born in Killarney, MB where she spent her childhood growing up on the family farm. In 1935 she graduated from nursing at the Winnipeg Misericordia Hospital with a medal in surgical nursing. She did private nursing at hospitals and homes providing care to those in need. In 1939 Lela obtained a position as the first Winnipeg stewardess with Trans Canada Airlines (Air Canada). Her first flight was on a Lockheed 10 from Vancouver to Seattle, WA. During her year with Trans Canada Airlines she flew the Seattle - Vancouver route twice a day, handing out box lunches and serving coffee from a thermos to the passengers on the ten-seat Lockheed 10A Electra - the aircraft is on exhibit in the Western Canadian Aviation Museum. Lela left her position in 1940 to marry Phil McKay, but remained active in the aviation industry through association. An original member in 1980 of the Canadian Maple Wings Association, an association of former flight attendants, Lela became president in 1986. The association raises funds for charity, supporting Ronald McDonald House and others. In 1986 Lela was honored to be one of the eight former attendants to take part in Air Canadas 50th Anniversary Sentimental Journey in the Lockheed 10 that flew across Canada, stopping in 50 Canadian cities on the way to Expo. Lela enjoyed golfing and bowling. She was a member of the choir of Young United Church and Past President of the UCW. For many years she represented the Misericordia Alumnae, as a reporter for the local Council of Women. She was a volunteer at the Western Aviation Museum and an active member of that organization. Lelas true happiness was in the loving relationships she shared with her family, friends and cats. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Lelas name can be made to Ronald McDonald House, 566 Bannatyne Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3A 0G7. Funeral service will be held on Monday, July 15 at 12:30 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. Viewing will be held one-half hour prior to the service time. Interment and reception will follow. Arrangements entrusted to: CHAPEL LAWN FUNERAL HOME CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM 885-9715
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 13, 2002
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