Kathleen 'Kath' (Young) Boutilier
Born In: Swindon, England, United Kingdom
Passed in: Donkin, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: May 29th, 2012
We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of our dear mother on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at home.
She was born in Swindon, England in 1921. She was the daughter of the late Daniel and Florence (Peppler) Young.
Ma served in the Auxiliary Territorial Services from 1939 to 1945 and was a life member of the Women’s Royal Army Corps.
She married Canadian Airman Howard ‘Buddy’ Boutilier in 1945 and came to Canada in 1946 as a proud war bride.
As her children were growing up, she was active in home and school, having served as past president of both the Port Morien and Donkin associations. She was a member and current sergeant at arms of the Donkin legion ladies auxiliary. She has long been a member of the local War Brides Association and enjoyed her weekly lunches with her war brides family.
Ma was an active parishioner of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Port Morien and has been an active member of the ladies guild for many years. She was a prolific reader, knitter and conversationalist, as well as a great cook.
Kath is survived by daughters, Dianne (Hugh) MacDonald, Pam (Joe) Forward, twins, Debbie (Ian) Henderson and Dawn (Tom) Doyle, Gayle (Robert) MacDougall, Laurie (Daniel) Cole, twins, Mavis (Frank) Susin and Myrna Murphy and son, Chris (Stacey) Boutilier and daughter-in-law, Leona Morrison. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren and sisters-in-law, Edith Lawrence and Greta Wilson; as well as many nieces and nephews, both in England and Canada. Also surviving is a special neighbour, Maymie.
Kath was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Howard ‘Buddy’ Boutilier, son, Howard Boutilier, her only sibling, Jean Wilson and sisters-in-law, Georgina Dearing and Isabel Holt.
Our mother was proud of her British heritage as well as her Canadian citizenship. One of her greatest moments was meeting and talking to Queen Elizabeth II in 2010.
She loved and was dearly loved by all of her family and friends. We will miss her daily and will forever hold her memory in our hearts.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 31 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. A celebration of Kath’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Port Morien, on Friday, June 1 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Judi Phillips officiating. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Port Morien. A reception will follow at the Port Morien legion.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Paul’s Cemetery Fund, the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences to the Boutilier family are available through www.vjmcgillivray.ca.