Our dearest wife, mother and grandmother has courageously earned her angel wings. Kaye Bourassa passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. She will always be lovingly remembered by her family and friends.
Elizabeth Kaye Chester was born in Truro, Nova Scotia on Jan. 24, 1937. So proud were her parents, Gray and Mattie Chester, and her big sister, Valena.
Kaye was raised in the Ardenville district, south of Fort Macleod. Kaye married her sweetheart Harvey Bourassa on June 15, 1957, raising their family on the farm south of Fort Macleod and in town on 18th Street.
Kaye was a foster parent when her kids were small, and loved yard sales, wonderwords, sewing and playing cards. She started out working at the telephone office and later at Ida’s Drapery. Kaye was a member of the CWL and volunteered for the Fort Macleod Figure Skating Club in many capacities, including as president and as test judge.
With a Vegas win, Kaye began Kaye’s Drapery Den in 1974, furnishing the windows of many area homes. She enjoyed being landlady for different properties in town, and also joined the team at the Java Shop where she loved working with both new and familiar faces every day for several years. Most recently she was a member and director of the Welcome Mat and was a member of the Fort Macleod Royal Canadian Legion.
Grieving their loss is Kaye’s most loving family, Harvey, Kathy (Ted Kerber), Ken and Terry (Anil Tahiliani). Kory, Derian, Austin and Morgan were blessed with such a wonderful grandmother, their biggest supporter.
Kaye is also survived by her sister Valena Thibert and her children Greg (Maxine) and Nancy, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.
Kaye was predeceased by her grandson Cole; daughter Jeannie; parents Mattie and Gray; parents-in-law Leo Sr. and Jeannette Bourassa; brothers-in-law Leo Jr., Albert, Lawrence and Edgar Bourassa and Jon Thibert; and sisters-in-law Beatrice McMurren and Ev Jensen.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation in Kaye’s memory to the Fort Macleod Handibus Society, P.O. Box 881, Fort Macleod, T0L 0Z0.
Prayer service wil be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2618 Third Ave., Fort Macleod.