Kay Hill was born in Quesnel February 21, 1922. She was delivered by the Dr. Baker for whom the local hospital is named and she passed away June 6, 2008.
Kay was raised in Beaver Valley, near Horsefly. Living on a remote ranch she learned responsibility early, and before the age of 10 she was saddling and harnessing horses, milking the cows, driving teams during haying.
It was during her years in Beaver Valley, when she was 14, she met the one and only man in her life, Guy Hill, and it was the beginning of a love affair that would last for more than 70 years, right to the day of her passing. They were married in Williams Lake, November 5, 1942. Guy was sent overseas to Europe less than two months later. While he was away she worked for the Department of Transport in Fort St. John, for the US Army in Prince Rupert, and in a Boeing Aircraft Assembly plant in Victoria.
When Guy got home they moved to Winfield in the Okanagan for two years, then onto Quesnel in 1948.
In 1953 a tragic accident took the life of her cousin Bobby Robertson, leaving six young children without parents. Ken and Sheila, and later Bob came to live with them. Though they were second cousins, in practice she was their mother, their children were her grandchildren, and their children’s children were her great grandchildren. She never thought of them in any other way.
After Guy’s death in 1987 Kay busied herself with volunteer work. She was Treasurer of the Quesnel Cancer Society and worked at the office one day a week. She was also treasurer of several events which raised money for cancer research and treatment, including the Daffodil Committee, the Relay for Life and the Frank Cushman Trail Ride. She was also a member of the Home Care committee and worker for the Breast Cancer Support Group.
Kay was a member of the Catholic Women’s League receiving her 60 year pin as a member earlier this year. She was a long time member of the Quesnel Curling Club and curled as long as she was able. Kay was always busy with her gardening and her family.
Kay be be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
She was predeceased by husband Guy, parents Neil and Katie Robertson, brother Art Gibson, sons Ken and Alistair.
She is survived by her sister Jean Muir and family, brother Neil (Marie) and family, Art Gibson’s family, children; Sheila (Jon), Bob (Audrey), Beth and Charlie, grandchildren; Kathy, Colleen, Rick, Brad, Kim, Alan, Linda, Greg, Cindy, Jeff and their families and many nieces and nephews.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Cancer Society, Quesnel Branch, or Quesnel and District Palliative Care Association.
The family of Kay Hill wish to thank Dr. Fine and the staff of the Avery Clinic for their long term care of her. The hospital nurses for their exceptional care during Kay’s hospital stay. A special thanks to the Home Care and Palliative Care staff for their help and understanding during this difficult time. Thank you to the CWL for the catering to the luncheon and the Honour Guard.Thank you to Clayton Funeral Directors for your asssistance. A special thanks for all that attended the service, sent flowers and cards in Kay’s memory.