Kathleen Farmer
July 28, 1937 - January 01, 2018
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With her children at her side, Kathleen (Kaye) Farmer passed away at Victoria Hospice on January 1, 2018. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Kaye lived in Victoria since 1975. Predeceased by husband Murray, sister Millie Seitz, and brother Willis Cock, she will be lovingly remembered by son Ian, daughter Susan, and cousins Catherine Mackenzie and Shirley Giske, all of Victoria; brother Lorne (Shirley) Cock of Truro, NS; sister Irma (Peter) Andrews of Aptos, CA; brother-in-law Allan (Mauretta) Farmer of Ajijic, Mexico; and many nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Mount Allison University and Queen's University, she taught for many years, primarily in the School of Business at Camosun College. In retirement, she enjoyed playing duplicate bridge and participating in Volkssport (walking) activities as an active member of the Garden City Wanderers and holding executive positions with the Volkssport Association of BC and at the national level of the Canadian Volkssport Federation.

Although most of her life was lived in Victoria, she always had fond memories of Nova Scotia. In her early life, music was a significant interest, and she was proud to have been a long-time member of the Nova Scotia Girl Singers and to have performed on the first season of Singalong Jubilee. "Farewell to Nova Scotia" remained a favourite song.

Her prime concern was always her family, and, in turn, Ian and Susan were always there for support during years of illness. Many thanks as well for the support of so many bridge players, walking friends, and the Friday teachers' group. No service by request. Donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation, Victoria Hospice, and/or the Red Cross.

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Published in The Times Colonist from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8, 2018.
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January 10, 2018
Kaye was one of those women who did it all: family, career, volksporting and travel come to mind. She was an excellent cook and presented beautiful meals. Kaye and her husband Murray were both warm, fun and intelligent people. It was a privilege to have had them in our lives. Our deepest sympathy to Ian and Susan. Kaye and Murray will always be remembered with love. LJ & Dickie
January 9, 2018
It was my pleasure to work closely with Kaye for ten or more years. She became a very close friend and correspondent on so many different topics. She was a model of organization for the CVF and always had good advice to share. I shall miss her and her cheery smile. Rest in peace, dear friend.
Graham Fawcett
January 8, 2018
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, a love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Than you for so many great memories Kaye.
January 8, 2018
As I sit in "my" office at Camosun College, which used to be Kaye's office, too, I remember her with love, appreciation, and respect.

Kaye was Chair of the Office Careers Department when I first began work with Camosun College (25+ years ago!) and she was welcoming, interested, supportive of me always. She was also dedicated and passionate about offering the best programme possible for Office Careers students, including a very in-demand Co-op Education option for the Office Admin. students, and practicum opportunities for the Medical office and Legal Office Assistant students.

Kaye and the other faculty and staff at the time lay a strong foundation upon which the ABT programmes continue on to this day.

Kaye had high standards for herself and her students, and I'll always remember taking a Word course with her and hearing her say, "Make sure you proofread carefully and that your document looks "attractively formatted."

Kaye was the queen of grammar and punctuation, too, and she was always happy to offer an explanation as to why there did or did NOT need to be an "s" at the end of a word, or a semi-colon used rather than a comma.

Susan and Ian and all of Kaye's family and friends - my condolences. Kaye will be missed, and her legacy will continue on in the lives and memories of the many people she taught, worked with, and knew over the years. I'm glad I knew her, too.
January 7, 2018
I have fond memories of Kaye when I attended Camosun College (Carey Rd Campus) in 1988, fresh out of high school. She was a very warm and kind lady and I have often thought of her over the years. My condolences to her family.
Brenda Janes
January 7, 2018
Farewell to a fine woman.
Pat Carfra
January 7, 2018
It's hard to forget someone who gave us so much to remember.
Debbie Vank
January 7, 2018
Dear Susan and Ian. Your mother was my friend and bridge partner for many years. I will miss her so much. She was a thoughtful caring person and a devoted Mom. May the comfort of family and friends help you through this difficult time.
Suzanne Reed
Suzanne Reed
January 7, 2018
Our condolences. Your parents were always good to us and we enjoyed there company. They will be missed.
Glenn, Lynne, Duncan and Sara Rixon
January 6, 2018
We are very sorry to hear of your loss, Ian and Susan. I have fond memories of walking with her or speaking on telephone..
Usha Schick (Victoria, BC)
Usha Schick
January 6, 2018
I'm grateful to have had Kaye (and Murray) in my life. May your loss become less acute as time passes.
Ethel Hansen
January 6, 2018
Our Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to Ian & Susan on the death of their mother, Kaye.
Kaye had been a wonderful soul mate for her husband, Murray.
She thoroughly enjoyed her very active involvement with the Volkssport Walking group. It was always amazing to know the distances covered on these walks.
Kaye's one year exchange teaching experience in Napier, New Zealand was another most enjoyable adventure for Kaye & Murray.
Ian & Susan were such a source of strength to her, in particular, during her long bout with cancer.
Her bridge friends, Volkssport friends and teaching friends were a very important part of Kaye's life.
We also know she will be sorely missed by her cousin, Catherine Mackenzie, who had been such an active part of their family life since their move to Victoria.
Lovingly remembered and dearly missed, Allan & Mauretta Farmer
January 6, 2018
Our condolences Ian and Susan. Your mother and father were great people that we will miss.
- Mark & Elisa Rixon
Mark Rixon
January 6, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of your loss Ian and Susan and family, Kay and Murray were long time customers of mine, and became friends over the years, please accept my condolences.
Ray Dahl
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