GOWANS, Catherine “Kay” Anderson

February 1929 – November 2021

With aching yet gentle hearts we announce the passing of CATHERINE “Kay” ANDERSON GOWANS at Bethany Cochrane, Alberta, on November 24th. She was 92 years old.

Kay was predeceased by partner Robert Desjarlais, her devoted sister Margaret, brother Leonard, and parents. She is survived by children Susan (Stephen), Andrew, and Julie (Franck); grandchildren Jennifer (Ryan), Branden (Vince), Aileen (Bogden) and Angelica; great grandchildren Casen and Emery; nephews Leonard and Michael. She is also survived by ex-husband and life-long friend, Alan Gowans. Kay, known as “Rena” when young, was always gentle and fun-loving … young or old, rich or poor, age-old friend or briefest of acquaintance, everyone she turned her attention to will remember her sense of humour and beautiful smile.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Bethany Cochrane, especially for their tender care the last days and hours of life. In keeping with the Covid times and Kay’s wishes, the celebration of life will be private. Those wishing to honour Kay may make a donation in her name to THE MUSTARD SEED https://www.theseed.ca/

Arrangements entrusted to Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – cochrane@piersons.ca – 403-932-1039

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  1. On December 20, 2021 at 5:12 pm Dot (Hale) Conne Said:

    Dear Andy. Your Mom always did call you Andrew as the rest of us called you Andy. Thank you so much for publishing her obituary. I enjoyed reading about Kay and being reminded of what a lovely person she was as stated….fun loving, gentle with a beautiful smile and great sense of humor. I do have very fond memories of working at GSI with Kay. She was always the most fun at pub nights and I do recall you in the background just smiling at her antics. You and your Mom seemed to be close, that is special. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of this beautiful lady. Dot Conne

  2. On December 15, 2022 at 7:22 pm Michael Desjarlais Said:

    I am so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. She had a a huge impact on my life as a young boy growing up to being a young man. I will deeply miss her and our conversations we had. She helped me a lot too with the passing of my Dad. She was the glue to the family.
    I hope during this past year you remembered all the love and laughs she had with us all.
    She was amazing stepmom and I am proud to tell everyone that!
    I miss you Kay and hope you and my Dad are holding hands in heaven.
    Love Always! Mike