Molly lived her life to the full

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 28/12/2013
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Molly Kay

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A life lived to the full is what one Inglewood woman will leave behind as her legacy.

Well-known identity Molly Kay, 91, died at Marinoto Rest Home on December 25.

Daughter Jan Williams said her mother was a great role model and always involved herself in a variety of activities.

"She did live a really good, full life," Mrs Williams said.

The daughter of May (nee Moir) and Albert Walker, Mrs May was one of four siblings. She was born in Stratford but spent much of her childhood in and around Inglewood.

Most of that time was spent helping out around the farm. She was able to put these practical skills to good use when she enlisted in the Women's Army Corp after the war began in 1939.

She enjoyed her six weeks of basic training at the Miramar base in Wellington and ended up staying on there for another four years.

She met husband Bob after the war ended and they were married in 1949 in Inglewood. The couple went on to manage the Harwood and Kay service station in the town for 35 years.

Mrs Kay's own life was not without its challenges following the deaths of her two other children Judith in 2003 and Russell in 2010, as well as the death of her husband in 2005.

Mrs Williams said her mother had a strong work ethic and was involved in several charities including the Red Cross and the Cancer Society. "She always led by example really," she said.

Mrs Kay, who lived in her own home until November this year, had a host of interests, including badminton and golf as well as a love of card games.

Mrs Kay was a grandmother of four and a great grandmother of two.

Mrs Kay will be farewelled on Monday with her service to be held at the Inglewood Town Hall.

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