McKay, Valerie Ann (Nee Dakus)

February 14, 1950 – July 14, 2017
at the age of 67 years

With heavy hearts, fond memories and love, we annouce that Val went from the arms of her devoted husband, Larry, to the arms of the Angels on the afternoon of July 14th, 2017, in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
She was predeceased by her father, John Dakus, brothers Frank andLorne, nephew, Troy and her beloved cat “Patches”.Val will be greatly missed by her best friend and husband, Larry, who
spent every day of her journey by her side to the end, by her son,Brian, her mother, Dorothy, sister, Deloris, brother Dan, her special cat, “Mikee” and by all those who had the privilege  of knowing her!
Originally from Edmonton, AB., she shared residences with Larry in Grande Centre AB., C.F.B. Moose Jaw, SK., Fort Sask., AB., Blind Bay, B.C., winters in Yuma, Arizona and a final move to Salmon Arm, in July 2016.
Val had a career in Hairdressing and I think I can honestly, say that after they were married on March 25th,1978, Larry never had another haircut by anyone else other than Val, so I’m assuming he had to be “some kind of wonderful” to her! Val cut and curled her own hair, much
to everyone’s amazement! Val’s artistic abilities were her gift of strength and were so evident in all that she did, whether it was gardening, cross stitching, painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting or making crafts.  She also had a love for baking, country music, line dancing, being with their friends, where laughter and camaraderie would abound, but most of all, Val loved a good bargain!  Val was envied for her energy, determination, generosity and her power to touch hearts and minds with her personality.
The Family would like to thank the staff of the Kelowna General Hospital, Salmon Arm Hospital, the Home Care Staff and Bastion Place for their ongoing support.. A special thank you to Dr. Goldberg, who went above and beyond, to make sure Val got to spend time with Larry in their new home and made her journey as smooth as possible!
As per her wishes, there will be no funeral service; however, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SPCA, 5850 Auto Road SE
Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 2X2.


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