Me­mo­rial for stal­wart

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

FRIENDS of long-time Dar­ling­ton stal­wart Mag­gie McKay are in­vited to join her fam­ily at a me­mo­rial ser­vice.

The great-grand­mother was pri­vately cre­mated af­ter re­cently los­ing her bat­tle with Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

A trib­ute tea to cel­e­brate her life will be held at 2pm on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, in Boya Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Daugh­ter Lisa said her mother made many friends through the Dar­ling­ton The­atre Play­ers, where she was oc­ca­sion­ally seen on the stage but more of­ten cre­ated the cos­tumes, props and set de­signs.

For some time her mother ran the uni­form shop at He­lena School (now He­lena Col­lege) and made the girls’ dresses and boys’ shirts.

She was a ‘dab hand’ at any­thing cre­ative and was not afraid to try a new skill or im­prove her mind by study­ing English and Psy­chol­ogy at UWA.

Ms McKay worked mainly in sales, ran hab­er­dash­ery shops in Mid­land and Koongamia, a cos­met­ics shop in Perth and re­cy­cled cloth­ing shops in Bassendean and Glen For­rest.

She was an ex­cel­lent cook and worked at the Rose­hill Coun­try Club be­fore be­com­ing a cel­e­brant.

In her spare time she bred and showed minia­ture poo­dles and or­gan­ised Dar­ling­ton an­tique fairs. Another pas­sion was co-or­di­nat­ing Dar­ling­ton pub nights to boost the char­ity cof­fers of Save the Chil­dren.

Along with vol­un­tary work, she man­aged Green­mount and Boya halls for the Shire of Mun­dar­ing and was a vol­un­teer driver for the Hills Com­mu­nity Sup­port Group (now RISE).

In 2007 she was recog­nised for her ser­vice with a Premier’s Aus­tralia Day ac­tive cit­i­zen­ship award.

Ms McKay is sur­vived by three chil­dren, nine grand­chil­dren and three great-grand­chil­dren.

If any­one would like to at­tend the me­mo­rial, call Lisa on 0412 578 858 or Tina on 0417 095 527.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held this week­end for Mag­gie McKay.

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