Kay So­den cel­e­brates 100th birth­day

Shoreline Beacon - - News -

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.

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