Kay Hartnell

Obituary of Kay Hartnell

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Kay (Kathleen) Hartnell on November 22, 2021 at the age of 86. Kay was born on August 18, 1935, oldest daughter of Joseph and Violet Irving, and big sister to Judy.

She started a career in bookkeeping at the Chrysler dealership in Dawson Creek, then moved on to work for School District #59 as a secretary. Kay and husband Francis (Frenchy) purchased the Health Food Centre in 1979 from her parents, and Kay owned the store until 2001, although didn’t retire completely until age 80.

Kay definitely lived an active and full life, with the highlight of her week being art class, which she was an active member for over 20 years. She was featured with her art in the Beef in BC magazine, her art was displayed in the local Art Gallery, several businesses over the years. Getting together with friends over coffee, chocolate, a game of cards was something she always looked forward to.

Kay loved the outdoors, camping, quadding with friends and family until one day she couldn’t apply the brakes on the quad to get stopped, so at 82 she decided she better not quad anymore. Kay continued her art even out camping, painting rocks and scenery, and taking more pictures for the next project.

At 86 she was the designated driver with 3 of her friends often taking day trips around the Peace Country, Chetwynd, Hudson's Hope, Fort St. John, Clayhurst, and Bay Tree stopping to sight see, taking pictures, and enjoying an ice cream cone.

Kay is lovingly remembered by her daughter Linda (Elton) Fick, grandchildren Adam, Brenna (Curtis) Simmons, great grandchildren Eliaz, Nao, and Quinn Simmons. Her son Bruce, grandchildren Jess (Ashleigh), great grandchild Rye, Lance (Helena), Dillon, Kendra (Jordan) Waldner. Also survived by her sister Judy.

Kay was predeceased by her parents Joseph & Violet and husband Francis (Frenchy) Hartnell. Kay will be sadly missed by many other extended family & dear friends. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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