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WALLIS, Hilkka “Kay”

August 27, 1929 – Helsinki, Finland
January 29, 2015 – Calgary, AB

Hilkka “Kay” Wallis passed away peacefully at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the age of 85 years.

Kay was born in Helsinki, Finland where she met her husband Alec during WWII. Their first home was in Romford, England and in 1957 the family moved to Calgary where she began her career in securities with National Trust. In the 1970’s Kay and Alec moved to Singapore for 4 years enjoying new friends and travel. Alec predeceased her in 1980. Kay lived a full and active life and travelled adventurously on her own or with family and friends to many countries around the globe. She loved to hike in the mountains, play tennis, and swim.

She will be lovingly remembered and missed by her family (sons John and Cliff and granddaughter Lindsey) and her many dear friends.

At her request there will be no funeral service. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Wilderness Association, Box 6398, Station D, Calgary, AB T2P 2E1 Telephone: (403) 283-2025. www.albertawilderness.ca or to Operation Eyesight Universal, 4 Parkdale Crescent N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 3T8 Telephone: (403) 283-6323, www.operationeyesight.ca or to a charity of your choice.

In living memory of Kay Wallis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Ray & Deb Wershler :

    Our sincere condolences Cliff & Terry, Lindsey and John. We were shocked to hear of Kay’s passing this evening. She was truly one of a kind with her love of family, travel and activities. She was always so friendly and kind and happy – it was a pleasure to be in her company. She will be dearly missed.
    Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
    Love Deb & Ray

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  2. Kay was a very special lady – that was something I noticed immediately about her. She will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to the Wallis family and friends.

    Augustin

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  3. Hazel & Mike Rothwell :

    Hello dear John, Cliff and family, we were so very sorry to hear about Kay’s passing and our thoughts and best wishes are with you during this sad time. We will always remember meeting beautiful Kay in Brunei at John’s home, she was totally charming, wonderful to chat with and we have never forgotten her. Rest in peace dear Kay. XX Hazel and Mike XX

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  4. Deepest sympathies to you and your family on your moms passing. I’ll always remember meeting Kay when you brought her to the pool for a swim. John, you helped her stay active.
    Regards to you

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  5. Clayton / Susan Loiselle :

    Hi John,

    Sue and I are sorry to hear of Kay’s passing and offer you our most sincere condolences. Even though she lived a very full and active life, it is always hard to say goodbye to a parent. We have all been through this and we know how hard it is for family and friends.

    Clayton and Sue

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  6. Diane & Elizabeth Purse :

    Our sincere condolences John and your family on the passing of Kay. We had the pleasure of travelling with you both around Australia in 2002 and always enjoyed your company. It is hard losing a parent. We have recently lost our dear Mum so our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Like us we are sure you have many happy memories to hold onto. With our love. Diane & Elizabeth. xx

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  7. Tony & Chris Round :

    Dear John and Family, we are so sad to hear of Kaye’s passing. We were very fortunate to have met her on
    numerous occasions when she visited you John. We will always remember Kaye as a beautiful, charming lady
    who lived life to the full. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Rest in Peace dear Kaye.

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  8. Thank you John for letting us know about Kay. You have our sincere sympathy and you will miss her. As you know, we have not seen much of you and her recently but we have lots of memories from the past of meetings with food, a little wine and entertainment. I knew that things must be critical when I read on her Christmas card that there was to be no more traveling for her. I am very happy that she had such a peaceful passing. Ron and Doreen.

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  9. The Maguire's :

    John, Cliff, Terry & Lindsay:
    We were so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. She was a wonderful friend who will be dearly missed. Fortunately she gave us many wonderful memories to draw on. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Our deepest sympathies, Wally & Jean, Rob, Pat & Shawna, Holly & Ted

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  10. Steve Williams :

    Heart goes out to my cousins John and Cliff after hearing the sad news. Deepest sympathy to you and yours from myself and Angela here on the Isle of Wight. Although i hadn`t seen my Aunt Kay for many years i recall the fond memories of her and my mum especially when Kay came to visit us here in England. She was the last of the familiy`s old school and i`m glad to hear she passed away peacefully. Steve and Ang.

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  11. Cliff, Terry, Lindsey & John, my heart goes out to you at this time. Kay was a “great lady”. I admired her a lot – her enthusiasm for all her sports activities, her joy in travelling and her love of family and friends. We shall all miss her. Barbara.

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  12. Diane and Rob Stinson :

    John,
    How fondly we remember your Mother – physically active, engaging, and full of stories from travelling the world. She was an excellent hostess and certainly made a wonderful pavlova (which I have tried to replicate many times…. without her success)!

    May you, Cliff and your family be comforted by loving memories of Kay, her long life, and her peaceful passing.

    Sincerest condolences.
    Diane and Rob

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  13. Laura and Cleve Wershler :

    Cliff, Terry, Lindsey and John,

    We offer our heartfelt sympathies at Kay’s passing. That she loved life as much as she loved her family was evident in everything she did. Kay was not only a travel and sports enthusiast, but an engaged and engaging conversationalist, one who never failed both to entertain and include whomever she was talking with. We will miss her smiling, energetic presence.

    Love, Laura and Cleve

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  14. Colleen and Sherrie :

    Kay was a very special lady and a very close and dear friend to my mom Sherrie Parker…Our thoughts and prayers go to John, Cliff and family at this time…She was loved and cared so much by her sons and if there is anything we can do, don’t hesitate to contact us….May she sleep with angels!!!…Love from the Parkers.

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  15. The Siberry Family :

    Dear John, Clifford and Family,
    We were so sorry to learn that Kay had passed away.
    I remember Alec bringing his new very young bride home to Romford, such a pretty girl with beautiful blond hair.
    Kay was always very proud of her Finnish nationality and led an interesting life whether travelling or taking part in sports activities.
    For over sixty years, wherever she was residing, she never forgot to remember the ‘English’ part of the family and always sent an Xmas card with all her news.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
    Ann, Mike, Neil and Adrian.

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  16. Joanne Heerema :

    I am so sorry to hear that Kay passed away. She was such a good friend and travel companion.
    Joanne

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  17. Jennifer Puddy :

    Dear John and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
    We will miss seeing Kay in the mornings after her daily swim and talking about the latest tennis Majors.
    Grayson remembers visiting Kay in the hospital last year. They discussed the quality of the hospital food and she offered him her orange juice for a snack.
    Our thoughts are with you. Let us know if there is anything we can do.
    Jennifer, Rohan, Kaitlin, Grayson, and Sierra.

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  18. David Skelton :

    John, Cliff, Terry & Lindsey.
    Please accept our deepest condolences on this very sad occasion.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Kay was a lady who will be missed but always remembered.
    Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Dave, David & Colleen, Michelle & Jason, Dean & Shannon and all of my grandchildren.

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  19. Allison North :

    My mother, Joan, played bridge with Kay. They also had great phone conversations: Kay’s book reviews formed a ‘must read’ list for Joan. Kay came to all the parties we had through the years, contributing travel stories that made us want to get out of our chairs and follow this tall, elegant figure into adventure. Kay was a delightful personality and a good friend. We have great memories to remember her by.

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  20. Kenneth Parker :

    Kay Wallis, such an interesting and dignified lady, certainly one of a special kind. Our heart goes out to John and Cliff, Terry, Lindsey and all her many friends who will surely miss her.
    Our deepest sympathy to Cliff, John and family.
    Ken, Midori, Sumire & Luke, Matsuyama, JAPAN

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  21. Murray and Barb Fraser :

    Dear John and family,
    While we are sad to hear of Kay’s passing, we have many fond memories of her. We recall her passion for travel and adventure, and her love of tennis! Kay lived a full and interesting life, and we can all learn from her example.
    With love and sympathy,
    Murray, Barb and family

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  22. Michelle & Jason Zimmerman & David Skelton Sr :

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of Kay. She was a remarkable woman and we were all very blessed to have known her, to have heard her stories of her travels and adventures. She will be remembered fondly by our family. May your memories of her and the exceptional woman that she was bring you some comfort. She will be greatly missed by so many people whose lives she touched. All our love. Jason & Michelle Zimmerman and David Skelton Sr.

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