Kathleen (Kay) Beattie (nee Carter) passed away peacefully on September 11, 2021. Kay had celebrated her 100th birthday celebration, and was three days shy of her 101st birthday.
Kay lived a long and happy life, marrying Andrew Petrie Beattie on December 21, 1943. She is survived by daughter Heather (husband Ken), and sons Graham (wife Elsa) and Allan (wife Janice). Unfortunately, husband Andy, son George (wife Lynda), and brother Kenneth Carter had passed previously. Kay was proud of her grandchildren Jennifer, Karen, Todd, Tyler, Paul, Lori, and Cameron. She was especially proud to have known great grandchildren Kaley, Nathan, Krispopher, Alexander, Evan, Abby, Jackson, Easton, and Ella.
Having grown up on a farm in Roslin, Ontario, Kay was fond of the outdoors and played softball as a young girl. On the farm, her skill as a sharpshooter rivalled any man. In later years, her passions became bowling, euchre, gardening, knitting, and art. Her découpage and paintings still grace many walls. Kay loved cooking and baking, and was especially renowned for her pies. Sunday dinner was always a family event, with a feast large enough to feed an army. Her recipes continue to live on with her family.
After marriage, Kay moved to Toronto where she worked part time at Sears and full time as a wife, mother, and homemaker. Kay was active in her church, and volunteered at several charities including the Food Bank where she worked for 20 years. Kay always had a smile, a kind word, and a helping hand for everyone. During her years in a retirement home, she always helped others. One resident, who was disabled, loved Tim Horton’s doughnuts. Every day, Kay would walk to Tim’s to get a doughnut for this lady. Her kindness and love also applied to animals. Pets Butch, Candy, and Pepper were spoiled with great affection.
Kay loved to travel, and visited many places with Andy. She especially fell in love with the beauty and people of Scotland, during their many trips back to Andy’s home. Andy’s Scottish family became her own, and there was a constantly revolving turnstile of people going to Scotland or coming to Canada. All were always welcome in their home.
Kay was a strong person. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic and even before being vaccinated, she battled and survived a coronavirus infection. Several times, we thought that we were losing her, only to see her battle back. Kay decided that now was her time and she decided to leave us.
All who knew Kay are profoundly saddened by her loss, but are filled with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. Kay is now in a better place, and she leaves behind a better world.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Kathleen Elizabeth Beattie Carter Saturday September 11th 2021..
Death notice for the town of: Markham, Province: Ontario