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Kathleen Alix

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August 31, 1945 - April 9, 2024

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Kathy on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at the Grace Hospital.  Kathy was born in London, England as Kathleen Shiells on August 31, 1945.  As an infant Kathy was sent to live with her Nanna and Deddy, Elizabeth and George Shiells, in Linlithgow, Scotland which would explain her thick Scottish accent.  During her youth in Linlithgow, Kathy formed strong bonds with cousins, aunts and uncles.

Adventurous by nature, Kathy emigrated to Canada in 1963 at the young age of 18.  The day she left; the whole family went with her to Prestwick airport in a mini-bus to see her off.  She went to live with her Nanna's sister, Aunt Nellie and her husband Bob in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Kathy found employment with the Hudson’s Bay Company where she spent the majority of her working career forging many lifelong friendships.   Kathy also joined a sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, which became a large part of her social life and introduced her to more lifelong friends.

Kathy loved sports and was an avid fan and participant.  It was while participating in the Air Canada bowling league that she would meet her future husband Red Alix.  They were married in November, 1988.  Kathy instantly became part of the Alix clan which included five married children and eight grandchildren (which grew to 14) and several great grandchildren.

After Kathy’s retirement from The Bay, Red and Kathy moved to Pigeon Lake (Red Acres!)  to enjoy rural living.  Kathy embraced this lifestyle and this provided the opportunity to host many memorable family events and parties with friends or relatives from Scotland.  Kathy loved playing cards, especially cribbage and joined a weekly crib league at Anavets. 

Kathy took training and received certification as a Home Care Provider and spent many years driving around rural Manitoba showing care and compassion for many people.

Kathy was pre-deceased by her husband of 20 years, Red Alix, her parents Kathleen and George Shiells, sister Ellen Gillan, step children Jayne (Gary) Sutherland and Terry (Heather) Alix, and son-in-law Les Johnson. She leaves to mourn step children John (Nadia) Alix and Tracy Johnson, Tom (Lois) Alix, numerous grandchildren, as well as her sister Patsy Sheppard, brother George Shiells, Uncle Ian Shiells and numerous cousins including Audrey Simpson, Beth and Marshall Templeton, and George Hogg.

Kathy had a very colourful personality to go along with her thick Scottish accent.  She was always the life of the party and happy to share a drink with anyone dropping by.  Kathy loved taking trips to local and nearby casinos and went on several cruises in retirement.  She maintained many long-time friendships and visited with family oversees on a regular basis.  Although a proud Canadian her heart would always belong to Scotland, particularly while watching the world curling championships or any other international sporting events.

Kathy will be missed by so many, but always remembered fondly.

"May the wind be always on your back, 

may the sun shine warm upon your face"

"Just a wee deoch-an-doris before ye gang awa"

Kathy'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.


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Barbara Horn

May 9, 2024 at 8:11 PM

So sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing.  She was the kindest,funniest,gentle fun loving individual and the best person to lift your spirits. She was a great friend and always willing to celebrate anything. I will miss her greatly and do nut push your granny off the bus! It is unfortunate she had to suffer so! Rest in peace my dear friend❤️

your sister Patricia. Xx

May 9, 2024 at 8:10 PM

My sister Kathleen ❤️. We have the best memories of our travels. The three wise monkeys on tour.

You will be forever missed.

Love you all the world.


May 9, 2024 at 8:09 PM

Bob and Gail Hollingshead

May 9, 2024 at 6:37 PM

Our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts of gratitude for making Kathy part of the Alix Clan. Those many years were precious to her.

Our memories of Kathy go back to the 60’s and forward through so many years up to the week prior to her passing. From embracing our children as their special Auntie to Kathy’s visit with Nanna (and Nanna’s morning “shandy”) when they stayed with us in Edmonton.   Kathy then followed the lives of our grandchildren as they too grew into adulthood.

We treasure our many phone calls especially the week prior to her passing. A great gal who taught us all a little something about living life to the fullest.

Karen. C

May 9, 2024 at 5:14 PM

My. Dear. Friend. . I am so sad that we did not get more  great years together. . We met in 1963 , at the. Bay ,, we went our separate ways for a couple years and reconnected after she settled with. Red . She had a wonderful. Life and  appreciated it all. . We had been attached in the  last few years .. I Miss Her .,

She is at Peace . 💕 Thank you for being on MyTrain of. Life  💕💕

Uncle Ian and family

May 9, 2024 at 3:21 PM

Fondly remembered by Uncle Ian and family in Linlithgow

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