March 7, 1918 – October 29, 2019
We were blessed to have her love, guidance and wisdom for over 101 years, but it is still difficult to say goodbye to our beautiful, gracious and beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother (“GG”). She was an inspiration and a source of strength to us all.
Kay Cato grew up in Revelstoke BC, worked as a telephone operator, and there met Pierce Dennis (Mac) McManus, who had come from Winnipeg with the CPR. They were married in 1941, and had two daughters. Kay, Mac and their family moved a lot with the railroad. Kay always loved the adventure of a new start in a new environment. They moved 17 times, with their longest stay in Abbotsford . She enjoyed sewing, with a creative flair for decorating, and could make a simple house into a cozy home. Kay was a great cook and baker and continued making her own bread right up to her 101st year. Kay lost her husband of 60 years in 2001. She continued living on her own, up to the last few months of her life when she accepted some help. She amazed everyone by surviving not only a heart attack, but a procedure that gave us another week with her. Her family all got to see her in Abbotsford Hospital and she was smiling and conversing with them all, until the day she passed peacefully with her daughters beside her.
Our thanks to Dr Elmayergi and Dr Culkin as well as the Cardiac Care nursing staff at ARH.
She is sadly missed by her daughters, Diane Wilson and Marlene Nelson; her six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, along with many others. She leaves a big hole in our hearts. Rest in Peace Mom.
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