Rosalia Katherine “Kay” Walker (nee Kuntz)

Feb. 28, 1921 – Dec. 28, 2011

It is with sadness we announce the passing of our mother. She was predeceased by her parents, all siblings and husband Jack Charles Walker in 1968.

Kay was born in Dodge, North Dakota and moved to Canada with her family when she was 4 years old. Residing in Nelson most of her life, her early years were spent waitressing and then working for Boeing Aircraft in Nelson assembling components during the war years. She married Jack, a railway engineer, in August of 1945. Over the years together they raised 5 children, Joan McKenzie (Al Akroyd) currently residing in Kamloops, Alan Walker (Theresa) in Nelson, Faye Brown (Ron) in Moyie, Gary Walker (Marlene) in Maple Ridge and Neil Walker (Leslie) in Fruitvale. She also leaves behind 13 grand children and 9 great-grand children.

Mom worked primarily as a homemaker until the passing of her husband, then as a waitress & salesclerk for many years until retirement. In 2005, she moved to Maple Ridge to live with her son Gary and his wife Marlene for many years under their loving care. In 2011 she moved back to the West Kootenay area and resided in Castlegar until her peaceful passing on the 28th of December.

We would like to thank the professional and loving care she was given during her stays at Castle Wood Village, Castleview Care Centre and the KBR Hospital in Trail.

As per Kay’s wishes, there will be no service memorial, but a commemoration of her life is planned for the spring of 2012.

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