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Katherine Ann Elizabeth Layes


Katherine Ann Elizabeth Layes

Layes (MacDonald), Katherine Ann Elizabeth , age 71, of Merland, Antigonish County. It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear mother Kathy, after a short battle with cancer in St.Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish on May 18, 2019.

She lived with COPD for several years, but it didn’t stop her from living a full life enjoying the things she loved.

Born in Inverness, she was the daughter of the late Francis "Boom" and Veronica Rose (Poirier) MacDonald and step father, the late Ira Colborne.

Kathy moved to Merland as a young mother, where she met the love of her life, Alex. She raised three children and was second mother to many of the neighbourhood children. Her home was always open and she welcomed everyone in, whether it was for a cup of tea, a hand of crib or a good conversation. Kathy enjoyed singing kareoke, watching her humming birds, being outdoors in her garden or inside working on her crafts. She looked forward to Saturday afternoon radio bingo and hanging out with her ‘besties’, Rosemary Wallace and Aileen Layes.

She is survived by her daughter, Tammy; two sons, Dwayne (Shannon) and Jeff; grandchildren: Timmy (Krista), Stefan (Crissy), Kristian, Lesley, Tyler, Shawn, Haley (Greg), Taylor, Adam, Jesse and Willow; great grandchildren: Twyla, Maxine, Jace and Paisley; sisters: Marie (Brian); Irene (Roger); Ardyth (Tom); brothers: Ivan (Patti), Wayne(Lauralee) and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her first husband, Allan Currie and second husband Alex Layes; sister, Veronica; brother in infancy, Francis; son in law, John Allan Wallace; brothers in law, Bobby Bowie and Herbie Scott; sisters in law Marilyn and Carolyn Wallace and Shirley Layes

Visitation will be in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral mass will be in St. Peter’s Church, Tracadie on Thursday at 11:00 am with Reverend John Barry presiding. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Merland.

Donations in memory may be made to St. Peter’s CWL Luncheon Fund, The Palliative Care Society or the Canadian Lung Association. Online condolences:

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Service Date
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Service Time
11:00 am
Service Location
St. Peter's Church, Tracadie

Wednesday May 22, 2019
Visitation Time
2 to 4 and 7 to 9
Visitation Location
C.L.Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish

Burial Date
May 23, 2019
Burial Location
St. Patrick's Cemetery, Merland.

Requested Charity
St. Peter's CWL Luncheon Fund, Palliative Care Society or Cdn Lung Association