Catherine "Kay" Kent

Passed 06/13/2023


Obituary For Catherine "Kay" Kent

1932 – 2023

It is with great sadness that the family of Catherine “Kay” Kent announce her passing on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. Kay was currently residing at Parkstone Enhanced Care (Mount Lane) and formerly from Halifax North End. Beloved mother to Heather Bowser (Glenn), Todd Kent (Cindy). Born on July 31, 1932, in Halifax, NS; she was the daughter of the late Frank and Gertrude DeMone, and was predeceased by her husband of 13 years, Robert “Bobby” Kent.

In addition to her children, Kay is also survived by her two grandchildren; Kimberly Slaunwhite and Aristarkh (Ari) Kent, two great grandchildren; Makayla Slaunwhite and Kyler Johnson and one great-great grandchild; Adrian Slaunwhite. She was predeceased by her brothers Charlie (Shirley), Frankie, William “Billy” DeMone and sister, Dorothy “Snookie” Barratt (Art). She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Kay was a woman who told you what was on her mind and didn’t hold back. As a young widow she raised two children while working full time at Sears for over 30 years until her retirement. Kay was a true Haligonian North Ender and for 50 years lived on Sebastian Place and there she became known as the mayor of the Sebastian/Cabot alley as she took care of all the neighbours around her. Kay was always willing to lend a hand and she could be spotted painting, gardening, cleaning, and building in her yard or someone else’s… with or without their knowledge. She wasn’t one to waste time, and if there was a job to do, it needed to be done now! Those on the receiving end of her kindness and generosity were always grateful for her help and “guidance”.

When the work was done, Kay enjoyed nothing more than getting dressed up and going to a dance with friends, listening to music, playing cards, and finding a neighborhood BINGO game to join. Also, an avid baker and jam maker, Kay was not above using her skills to both thank and “bribe” fellow workers who helped her out. She had a heart of gold and would help any two- and four-legged creature in need.

Besides showing her love and devotion to her family, friends and neighbours, Kay had an amazing soft spot in her heart for any animal, not just her own. Animals were a constant companion for her through her years, namely her dogs Brandy and Jessie and later her beloved cat Sweetpea.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Parkstone Enhanced Care (Mount Lane) for their compassionate care over the past two years as Kay had to leave the North End due to health issues but longed to be back daily. Once a North Ender, always a North Ender.

As per Kay’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Those wishing to honor Kay may donate to their local SPCA in her memory. A celebration of life will be announced later.

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  • 06/23/2023

    Heather, Todd and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Kay's passing. It was so wonderful to have her familiar face when I moved back to Cabot. There was nothing she couldn't do. I cannot imagine the alley without her. Sending you my deepest sympathies. Shelley

  • 06/22/2023

  • 06/17/2023

    Aunt Sis was my mother's younger sister, and she was like a second mother to us Barratt kids. She had no filters; she said what she thought, but you got used to that pretty quick. She was also the sweetest and most caring aunt this girl could ask for. We always loved visiting her, Uncle Bob and Heather and Todd, our closest cousins. Like her sister, she was a card. Loved a good joke and to make people laugh. Keep 'em on their toes wherever you are, Sis. I love you.❤️

  • 06/17/2023

    Dear Todd, Cindy and Kent we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Kay. Blair and Patti

  • 06/17/2023

    To Heather and family I was saddened to read of your mom's passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sharon Smajlovic ( Fitzgerald)

  • 06/16/2023

    My sincere condolences to Heather and Todd and your families May she rest easy Amen G Gary Gray

  • 06/15/2023

    Kay was the best neighbour anyone could have. Her kindness was limitless. I remember the first time I saw her.....running down the alley with two dogs. Later on I saw her on the roof of her back porch sealing a window. The next time I saw her she was outside with power tools building something. We actually met when she called me over to help her and another neighbour move something heavy. I said to myself: There is an impressive and powerful person. And that is what she always was. I admired, respected and loved her, as did the rest of the neighbourhood. She was one of the original "liberated women"....she could do anything she set her mind to. She never avoided hard work or a good laugh. What a privilege it has been to know her.

  • 06/15/2023

    Kay was an amazing mother, grandmother and a wonferful friend. What I loved most about Kay was her wit and her love for family & animals. I spent many days going to visit her and Jessie and sitting out on her deck. Kay had a great heart and told it like it was. She was an amazing woman hands down. I have no doubt her legacy will live on through you Heather. Today I share in your sorrow Kay was one of a kind. I know you and Todd will be okay a great woman raised you. Im thinking of you all and sending hugs xxoo

  • 06/15/2023

    The news of Kay's passing has saddened my heart and brought back the loss of my own mother. In true sister style she was like a second mom, especially to Michael and will truly be missed. While the sense of loss will remain so will all those truly magical memories that as time passes will bring a smile rather than a tear. Our thoughts are with the entire family as you navigate this difficult period. I look forward to the opportunity to join you in the celebration of the life of a spectacular lady. Our most heartfelt sympathy. Love Kim & Brain Livingston


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