Kathleen (Kay) Mary Oddie passed into eternal life July 27, 2006 in the palliative care unit of Surrey Memorial Hospital with her husband Jim and daughters Jean and Janet by her side. Kay was 93 years of age. She was born October 26, 1912 in Medicine Hat, AB to Donald and Winnifred Cameron. She grew up on farms in the districts of Rosebeg, Morley, and Brocket, AB. After completion of public school, Kay enjoyed a career as a hairdresser in Lethbridge. In 1943 she enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. She served as a wireless operator and was stationed in Claresholm, AB and York, England. Upon returning to Canada after the War, Kay resumed her career as a hairdresser, working in Vancouver and Edmonton. She later returned to Pincher Creek in 1947.
November 13, 1948 she married Jim Oddie and thus began an enduring relationship of love for more than 57 years. Jim and Kay were happy and successful on a farm east of Pincher Creek. Kay’s greatest passion in life was caring for her family and working closely with Jim in operating the farm. She also enjoyed cooking, family dinners, visiting and a rousing card game laced with humor and high jinx. When Jim and Kay retired from the farm in 1972 they lived life to the fullest. One of their shared passions was traveling. Their travels took them to many places – Australia, Europe, the Holy Land, Great Britain, the Caribbean and many destinations in Canada and the United States. In 1992 they re-located to Abbotsford, BC and enjoyed the closer proximity to family. In May 2006 Jim and Kay moved to the Elim Village in Surrey.
Kay’s loving family will miss her immensely, and are grateful for all that she gave to each one – husband Jim of Surrey; Janet (Dennis) of Surrey; Jean (Wayne) of Vernon; grandchildren – Scott, Todd, Jenny (Surrey); Amy (Kelowna); Caitlin (Prince George).
A memorial service celebrating Kay’s life will be held August 8, 2006 at 2:30 pm at Immanuel Fellowship Baptist Church in Abbotsford, with internment in the Field of Honor of the Hazelwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to acknowledge Kay’s life may do so, by making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Henderson’s Funeral Home