Katheran Mary "Kay" Driscoll (1920 - 2015)

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DRISCOLL, Katheran Mary
May 7, 1920 – Calgary, Alberta
December 20, 2015 – Cochrane, Alberta
Kay passed away on December 20, 2015.
She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard
Driscoll; her mother, Hazel Davis Patton; her father,
Frank Patton; and her sister, Anna MacGregor.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda; her
brother Frank Patton (Wendy); and nephews Ian,
John and Andy.
Kay's mother, Hazel Davis, came to Alberta with her
parents from Ohio in 1900 to homestead and Kay's
father, Frank Patton, came with his parents from Iowa
in 1902, also to homestead. Kay's first years began at the
family farm of her grandparents, Dan and Burd Patton, near Midnapore. With
the help of their sons, Frank, Joe and Clint, the Patton family broke and
farmed approximately three sections of land between Midnapore and Red
Deer Lake. Kay's family later moved from the farm to a house in Calgary on
Twelfth Avenue where Hazel took in boarders and Frank opened a service
station and garage on Fourth Avenue. During the Second World War, Kay's
husband, Leonard Driscoll, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, became a
pilot instructor and died tragically in a training accident while flying with the
British Commonwealth Air Training Program. This was the generation that
stepped forward, voluntarily, to preserve our democracy and liberty. While
caring for both her aging parents and raising her daughter, Kay worked as a
secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs and later in the oil and gas
Throughout her life Kay studied art, taking courses at university and
workshops; she was passionate about painting en plein air; she was a
long-time member of the Cochrane Art Club. Kay enjoyed bridge and played
with the same group of friends for over 50 years. She loved nature and the
outdoors and was always ready for a hike in the mountains. Weekends and
holidays were spent at the rustic little cabin on the banks of the Ghost River
that Kay and her sister owned for many years.
Kay looked at life with wit, humour and optimism. She leaves a legacy of
strength, courage, love and compassion.
Many thanks to the dedicated staff at the Cochrane Bethany. Thanks
to Barb the bridge lady and the bridge buddies for their camaraderie.
Thank you to special friends, Sarah and Marie-Linda for their thoughtfulness
and kindness.
It was Kay's wish that no service be held and that those who knew her take
time to visit an elderly or sick friend. Condolences may be forwarded through
In living memory of Kay Driscoll, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek
Funeral Home
McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes - Cochrane Funeral Home
369 Railway Street
Cochrane, AB T4C 2E2
(403) 932-4740
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Published in The Cochrane Eagle on Jan. 7, 2016