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FARLEY – Kathleen

August 19, 1915 – June 28, 2010

On June 28, 2010, Kathleen Farley passed away. She was dearly beloved mother of Lenore (Alan Porter) and Doreen (Walley Temple); grandmother of John, Geoff, Meredith, Eric, Julie, Sara, Lara, Claire, Philip, and Martha; great-grandmother of Noah, Luke, Jonah, Grayson, Nate, Kathleen, Jay, Iris, Julia, Rachel, Hannah Sue, Zak, Katherine, Henry, Sophia, Matthew, Annabella, and Charlotte.

Kathleen was born in Winnipeg, the middle child of Mary Elizabeth and Ernest Whatmough. She attended the University of Manitoba and graduated as a teacher. Her first position was as a Grade One teacher in Sheridan, MB. Here she met her future husband Willet, a geologist with Sherrit Gordon Mines. She and Willet had two daughters prior to his passing in 1950. Kathleen then moved her young family to Winnipeg and returned to teaching. Her first position was at Ralph Brown School. She had a passion for children and loved and treasured each one. She always delighted in the emergence of reading in each of her pupils. She considered it an honour to get to know the siblings and parents, many of whom were new Canadians. Later she moved to special education in junior and senior high school and again treasured the personalities and stories of these young people. She believed in them and could see good in the face of their challenges. Some of these unique relationships continued long after her retirement. Throughout her life she volunteered in ways that were helpful to children or to those who were finding life difficult. She was on the board for Foster Homes for Troubled Youth and taught English to recent immigrants. She was a faithful member of St. Paul’s, Knox and Westworth United Churches in Winnipeg and was on the board, served as a Sunday School teacher and Superintendent. In Calgary she joined Knox United Church. Her belief in God was central to her life and she endeavoured to live her life following Jesus’ example. Kathleen loved deeply. She cherished her family. She adored her grandchildren and spent many hours with them. She will be deeply missed by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well as by her nieces and dear friends.

Funeral Services will be held at Ralph Connor United Church (617 Main Street, Canmore, AB) on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. You may forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Save the Children Canada, 4141 Yonge Street, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M2P 2A8 Telephone: 1-800-668-5036.

In living memory of Kathleen Farley, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Blythe Brown Jr. :

    I was saddened to hear from my mother that Kathleen Farley passed away recently. Although I’m not sure if I met Ms. Farley myself, I’m certain that, like her daughter Doreen, she was a kind, pleasant, thoughtful and loving person.
    I wish her family the best during this difficult time.

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  2. marina skulsky :

    Dear Doreen and Wally and family..thinking of you all..I remember the gentle smile that Mrs. Farley had and I think that is where Doreen gets that kind, compassionate smile, as well. Truly a matriarch of a great family. God bless, Marina

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  3. Doreen & Wally,

    I am sad to hear of Kathleen’s death. Before I met either of you, your mother and I met at Lorraine’s Bible study group on Thursday mornings. Your mother was respectful of others, sweet and kind, but no pushover when it came to expressing and defending her own opinions. I respected her immensely for the grace and the grit she must have possessed to bring up two children alone in the Fifties.

    All my best to you and your family at this difficult time.

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