Kay Gonnason of Calgary, AB passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the age of 96.
Kay was born in Pincher Creek, Alberta, to Otto and Caroline (nee Hahn) Neuman. She moved to Victoria with her family when she was 12. She attended Normal School and taught for several years in B.C. until she married Roy in 1941. They first moved to Brandon, MB with the RCAF. They moved several times after that to Namao, Saskatoon, and Portage la Prairie. They retired to Sicamous, BC in 1975. Kay loved travelling, gardening, music, art, sewing, nature, and volunteering. She was known for her readiness to care for her family, and for her laughter and kindness.
Kay is survived by her children, Gary (Tessie), Jeanne of Calgary, and Willy (Regina) of Colorado; grandchildren, Erik (Megan) Horne, Kirsten Horne, and Godfrey Gonnason; great-granddaughter Isis Horne; sister-in-law Alice Neuman; brother-in-law Harold Gonnason; as well as a niece and nephews, and many cousins. Kay was predeceased by her husband E. C. (Roy) in 1997 and her brother Hugh Neuman in 2012.
The Memorial Service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church (3527 Boulton Road NW, Calgary, AB) on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank the staff of Park View at the Bethany Care Centre for their thoughtful care for the past four years. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the CNIB, the Calgary Zoological Society, or Canadian Lutheran World Relief.
In living memory of Kay Gonnason, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB T2E 2V6 Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.