1925 – 2013
Musician, music teacher, community volunteer. Wherever she went, music followed. Kathleen Marian Dunford, nee Spurr, passed peacefully February 4th at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre at the age of 87. Born in Loyalist, Alberta June 4th, 1925 the only child of Jack and Susan Spurr. Kay grew up and completed school in Sceptre, Saskatchewan and Crossfield, Alberta. After graduating she trained as a pianist in Calgary earning degrees from both the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Western Board of Music. In 1952, Kay married Warren Dunford and settled in Sylvan Lake later moving to Stettler in 1966. Throughout her life Kay brought music to all around her. For over forty years she taught piano to hundreds of children and adults. A number of her students went on to become teachers in their turn. She served as organist at both Memorial Presbyterian Church in Sylvan Lake and Stettler United Church and gave the gift of her warmth and her music to countless weddings, funerals and community events. Kay was an active member of Stettler’s Gilbert and Sullivan Company throughout its history and a founding member of the Stettler and District Music Festival, serving as a board member for many years. She was also a long-time volunteer at the Stettler Hospital and Care Centre and an active member of the UCW. In 1989, Kay was recognized for her many contributions to the community as co-winner of Stettler’s Citizen of the Year. In retirement, Kay and Warren travelled and enjoyed many peaceful summers at their cottage at Rochon Sands. In 2003, Kay and Warren relocated to Edmonton to be closer to family. Kay is survived by her three children Penny (Ron Johnson) and Janice (Francois Boucher) of Edmonton, Kendall (Anne Reid) of Hamilton and by five grandchildren: Megan Dunford and Michael Dunford (Nadia Staikos) of Toronto and Etienne Boucher (Laura Zemrau), Gabriel Boucher, and Lindsay Boucher of Edmonton. She was predeceased by husband Warren in 2010 after more than 57 years of marriage. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Kay Dunford will be held at the Stettler United Church on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with the Rev. John Crowdis officiating. Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at
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