Gertrude Kay, 107, passes away in Qualicum Beach

Gertrude Kay with seven-month-old Amira Davidson during a June 5 event in downtown Qualicum Beach. - BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO
Gertrude Kay with seven-month-old Amira Davidson during a June 5 event in downtown Qualicum Beach.
— image credit: BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO

Qualicum Beach resident Gertrude Kay, 107, passed away peacefully in her sleep June 18 at the Gardens.

Kay was born Feb 20, 1907 in Toronto but lived most of her life in Victoria until moving to Qualicum Beach six years ago to live at The Gardens, where she was known for being a social butterfly, a loving friend and a very active woman.

Robert, Gertrude's 82-year-old son, said his mother was doing yoga until she was 101.

He said when she was 104 she broke her ankle while lifting weights.

"We told the nurse at the orthopedic surgeons office about it and she said they wanted a picture," said Robert. "I think there's still a picture of my mother lifting weights on their wall in Victoria."

Robert described his mother fondly as "somebody who loved her family, loved her husband, was an excellent seamstress and a great homemaker."

Gertrude leaves behind two children, six grand children, eight great grandchildren and one great great grandson, whom she was able to meet just a few weeks ago when he was born.

"She was elated to meet him," he said.

Robert said a service will be held in honour of Gertrude later this year where family will spread her ashes along Willows Beach, a place she frequently took her children to play.

The NEWS attended Gertrude's most recent 107th birthday at the Gardens and asked her about the secret to longevity.

Without missing a beat she said: "a glass of rye every day."

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