Lifetime Member

Katharine Isabel (Kay) Beers


Kay Beers was known in Bracebridge for her many interests and enthusiasm which included years of public service as the first woman on council, the first female member of the Board of Education, organizing night school classes and spending many years on the Recreation Committee. She was well known as an excellent cook, a cheerful volunteer, a happy bus driver, great billeter and fantastic friend and neighbour. She knitted countless teddy bears for charity, delivered Meals on Wheels and drove patients to hospital appointments. Kay was extremely athletic, winning many trophies for badminton, swimming and curling.

Kay was born in Bala. She was educated in Toronto and taught physical education first at the YWCA in Ottawa, then at Alma College in St. Thomas, Ontario, followed by a year in Moncton, New Brunswick where she met Ken Beers. They married in 1939 and had only a short time together before World War II. Flying Officer Ken Beers was lost in 1944. Kay and her two children returned to Muskoka, where she accepted a position at the Bank of Nova Scotia in Bracebridge, retiring after thirteen years in 1965. 

Kay was a founding member of Muskoka Arts & Crafts. She died on December 24, 2002, in her 93rd year.