Kay Soden celebrates 100th birthday
Small town Canadians are hardworking and diligent, kind and neighbourly. They make an outstanding difference in the lives of others every day and are humble about it. Like the warmth of a stove in winter, always comforting and present.
In celebration of what it means to be a small town Canadian and in honour of this lady’s century celebration, the staff of the Southampton Care Centre is honouring Kay with the Jarlette Health Services Making a Difference Award.
One of four children of John and Gertrude Doll, Kay Soden was born in 1917 in Southampton.
Kay was always the quiet sort, humble and hardworking but mindful and welcoming to others. She worked diligently in her parent’s bakery, the Golden Crust Shoppe, a bustling spot fuelled from the pockets of the summertime tourists and the coal fired oven. Kay would take a note book and gather orders on the beach. It was there on the sands of the Huron Shoreline that she met her future husband Cecil Soden, a young man who would come to town to help his uncle build cottages in the emerging community.
Cec and Kay took the bakery from her parents and the little Shoppe became a raving success. Cec and Kay worked together with her brother and his wife Marg and Line Doll and later purchased the Five and Dime across the street as well. The family became well known for their generosity and kindness, Easter buns and community involvement. Kay was a quiet diligent force in these efforts. They would prepare dinners for the Presbyterian church suppers. Her son John recalls the family pulling turkeys on a toboggan to the church in a snow storm. How much more dedicated to Bruce County can you get?
Although a busy business woman and mother of two, Kay would find time to volunteer in her community. Kay was often bringing baking for various fundraising efforts, many times buying back what she had donated. She sang in the choir, visited shut-ins and welcomed new neighbours with meals and baked goods. Kay volunteered as a Saugeen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary member in the gift shop and received the Woman’s Missionary Society award as a life time member for her church contributions. She was a strong supporter of her husband’s efforts as well, working behind the scenes with his endeavours on the Library Board, the School Board, the Session and Golf Club.
Kay also volunteered at the Southampton Care Centre where she now resides. I personally remember her dedication to many fundraising events, teas and bingo games for over 20 years.
Kay is humble though, she never wanted accolades for her work. She was diligent, and always lending a helping hand. A typical small town Canadian gal, her kindness and generosity ever present, like the warmth from the coal-fired stove on a cold winter’s day.
It is with honour that Jarlette Health Services presented Kay Soden with the 2017 Making a Difference award and wish her Happy Birthday.