September 7, 1913 –
September 17, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kay Swanson at Trillium Lodge, Parksville after a long and happy life. Kay was born in Montreal to Thomas Kidd Lewis and Margaret Emily Lewis (Downes). She lived and worked in Montreal prior to moving west to marry Carl Swanson. They were married in Vancouver on September 25, 1946 and started their life together in Rossland where Carl owned his barber shop. They moved to Anderson Street in Nelson where Kay was a resident for the next 42 years. Active in the community, she served as Sunday school superintendent at St. Paul’s Trinity United Church, registrar for Camp Koolaree, Nelson Minor Hockey executive board and keeper of Nelson’s supply of Girl Guide cookies. Kay was a member of the Stitch and Chatter Club, the 56 Church Group and Beta Sigma Phi. Along with Carl, she was a fan and season ticket holder for the Nelson Maple Leafs. Together they belonged to the Silver Slipper Dance Club and sang in the Fairview United Church choir. She enjoyed camping, swimming and skiing with her family. After Carl’s passing in 1993, Kay moved to Parksville and lived at Trillium Lodge for 16 years.
Kay is survived by her son Jim Swanson and wife Pam of Parksville and daughter Vida Fisher and husband David of Stanwood, Michigan; grandchildren Katherine Fisher MacDonald and husband Jeremy, David Swanson and Steven Swanson; great grandsons Hank and Walter MacDonald; and nieces and nephews.
Kay is pre-deceased by her husband, Carl; grandson, Owen Fisher; parents, Thomas and Margaret Lewis; brother, T. Denton Lewis and sister-in-law, Mary.
Kay is remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Brad Bell and the staff at Trillium Lodge for their outstanding care and the kindness Kay received.
A celebration of Kay’s life will be held at a later
date in Nelson.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to
a charity of your choice.