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Kay Hughes

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August 8, 1940 - April 24, 2022

With heavy hearts, we announce that Kay passed away on April 24 at the age of 81 years.

She is survived by her children, Paul Harland (Elizabeth), Tim Harland (Summer), and Scott Harland (Charlene); grandchildren, Claire, Stephanie, Eric, Espea, Danika and Emrys; great-grandchild Abigail; and beloved sister Pat Wheatley (Ron).

She was born in rural Manitoba and grew up in a series of small towns with her mother and sister, as her father was transferred from bank to bank. Age 16 saw her finishing high school and coming to the big city of Winnipeg to attend University. She spoke fondly of living in residence and working at The Bay Candy department. Armed with a University Degree and approaching the age of twenty, she pursued the profession widely available for women at the time, matrimony. She soon found herself the mother of three boys and adapted to a life of being the Matriarch of a male-filled household. Once the children were older, she went back to university, completing a law degree and serving in various positions at the Manitoba Law Courts until her retirement. Kathleen contributed time, talent, and funds to a range of causes. Dear to her heart were issues of human rights, immigration, and equality among the genders. Her delight in making and serving good food was well-known, as was her love of bridge, literature, and having a good debate. We’d like to think that she’d be proud of the results, though the reader can be the judge of the grammar here. Sharp to the end, her last day with us she spoke happily of the new use for her beloved downtown Bay.

Kay’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.

Please join us in celebrating her life at a come and go celebration at the University Women’s Club, 54 West Gate, Winnipeg on May 29, 2022 any time between 5 - 9 pm.


Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 -

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