April 24, 1919 – June 13, 2020
Kae passed away peacefully on June 13, 2020 at the age of 101 during, but not the result of, the Coronavirus. She was born in Winnipeg on April 24, 1919 during the Spanish Flu, the 4th of 5 children of James McPhee and Mae Edwards. She was proud to have attended St. Mary’s Academy. In 1940, she married Emmett Burns and together they raised 5 lively children.
Kae was a remarkable woman, incredibly devoted to her faith and very active in every parish that she lived in and was a life-long member of the CWL. Emmett’s career took them to Brandon, Calgary, Winnipeg, Tsawwassen BC, and finally to Langley. Each home was enhanced by Kae’s decorating and sewing skills.
From an early age, Kae excelled at all aspects of needlework and sewing. She was a patient teacher of these skills and inspired many through Delta Continuing Education. Kae’s love of fashion and a great bargain meant that she became adept at alterations and replicating the latest styles. She was always well dressed and accessorized – right up to her last days.
Painting was something that Kae loved. From painting walls, to wood, to ceramics and canvas she loved to explore different media and styles.
Kae was sharp-minded and engaged in family and friends. Even at 101, her memory was astonishing and she had an informed opinion on everything and everyone.
Kae was predeceased by Emmett, her husband of 60 years, in 2000 and their son, Bill, in 2003. She is survived by sons Bob (Darlene), John (Sonjia), Jim (Claire), daughter Patty (Marc de Boer), and daughter- in-law Silvia Tindall. She will be sadly missed by her 11 grandchildren Danielle, Christine (Mike), Michelle (Morgan), Sarah (Sunil), Ed (Lara), Jeff (Alvina), Hazel (Gabriel), Mary (Julien), Brian, Alexandra, Connor, as well as 9 great-grandchildren, Emmett, Elliott, Miller, Erla, Maeve, Aysha, Joaquin, Bryant and Leo.
Rest in Peace, Mom!
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