March 27, 1947 – April 4, 2021
Eleanor Lyla, McIver (Kay), born March 27th, 1947, passed away peacefully in the Whitehorse hospital Sunday April 4th, with her brother Roger and Sister in-law Donna by her side.
She fought a long and courageous battle with cancer and everything that went along with that for a long 20 years.
Eleanor grew up in Hurkett, Ontario and spent most of her life living and working in the Thunder Bay area, until being lured away by her love for the Yukon, where she lived and worked in Eagle Plains for the last part of her life.
Eleanor was stubborn and a hardworking woman right to the end. When asked when she was going to retire and move home it was always, “In two years.” She did not get to visit family very often, but when she made the 8-12 hour drive down the dangerous and unpredictable Dempster highway, with her trusty sidekick “Tee” as her co-pilot, she always made time for her brother and sister-in-law. Trips home were too few but were filled with family visits, following her around, and more often than not losing her in stores on her shopping trips, or just sitting in Grandma’s rocker watching the Eagles over the lake at her daughter’s house, usually with a cat and a book in her lap.
Eleanor’s newest pride and joy was her Great Grandson Charlie. Always asking for pictures and tales of his adventures at Grandma’s house. It is sad that he will not get to experience her love and generosity first hand, but her love and stories of her adventures will be passed on.
Eleanor is survived by: daughter Elizabeth (Greg), and son Robert. Brothers Les (Shelley), Roger (Donna), Dwight (Eva). Sister Bernadette (Joe). Grandchildren Michael (Natasha), Justin (Lynn), Matthew and Sara. Great grandchildren Charlie and Briiana. Also, nieces, nephews, and other great grandchildren. She was predeceased by Father Floyd Kay and Mother Estelle Kay.
As per Eleanor’s wishes she has been cremated and she will be interred with her mom, and dad at a family gathering at a later date.
Special thanks to Roger and Donna and to the doctors and nurses at the Whitehorse hospital who treated her with compassion and dignity.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Breast Cancer Foundation.Obituary
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