We Remember


Kay Boyko was, as she happily told everyone, “born in the year of the Titanic” – on May 16, 1912. In nearly 104 years of life, she touched and inspired countless people with her grace, dignity, hospitality, wit and compassion and her incredible memory.  Her beauty (inside and out) grew with each passing year.  Katie passed away in Kelowna at Hospice House on Sunday, May 1st.

Katie was the second eldest of 13 children born to Metro and Mary Hnidy in Wakaw, Saskatchewan. As a teenager she fell in love with the love of her life, John Boyko, and by his side they worked and lived in Wakaw, Prince Albert, Calgary, Penticton, Vancouver and Kelowna.

During the depression years, when crops would not grow, Katie, John and their daughter Elsie left the farm to build, operate and live in a small store in Prince Albert.   Children would flock to the store for the generous-sized ice cream cones!  After leaving Prince Albert in 1948, John and Kay built homes and managed properties in Penticton and Vancouver, while Kay also worked in Canada Safeway stores, retiring in 1963.  Kay and John eventually retired to Kelowna where they enjoyed a full retirement life before John passed away in 1991.

In addition to her kind and supportive nature, Kay will be remembered for the thousands of beautiful Ukrainian Easter Eggs she painted in her retirement years (completing the final dozen in her one hundredth year), for her incredible memory, and for her love of playing cards and hearing a good joke.

Kay is survived by her daughter Elsie Boyko, her baby sister Ellen Waugh, her brother Anton Hnidy, and her sisters-in-laws Eileen Hnidy and Daisy Hnidy, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.   She was predeceased by her sisters Alice Lazarowich, Mary and Martha Hnidy, Mabel Lucuik and Nettie Kochan and her brothers Metro, George, Mike, Bill and John Hnidy.

Special thanks are extended to Dr. Green for her loving care and concern for Katie, and to the staff and facilities of the Central Okanagan Hospice House in Kelowna. In lieu of flowers, donations to support the continued great work of Hospice House are welcome at www.hospicecoha.org/

A Prayer Service will be held Sunday, May 8 at 7:00 pm followed by a Celebration of Katie’s life on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 10:00 am both at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna.

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Prayer Service
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Springfield Funeral Home

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  • Betty Baker says:

    What a wonderful lady and so talented. She will be missed by many. Although I did not know her personally and I know her daughter, Elsie. Elsie was a God send person caring for her Mother each and every day.

    Kay sounded like a lady that I wish I had met but I will some day in heaven.

    God be with you Elsie during this time.

    Sincerely, betty

    • Irene Dent says:

      My thoughts are with you at this time. We all have to loose our mother which does not seem fair, however Elsie you were very fortunate to have her for so many years. My memories of Kay go back to when I was about 6 years old and Elsie became my friend and still is a very dear friend. I spent many hours and nights in her company and would not visit Kelowna without a Tea Party.

  • Debbie, Darryl and Isaac says:

    Elsie and Ellen, it was an honour to meet Kay. We will miss that big smile of hers and stories she shared with us. Our condolences to both of you.

  • Jean Barnard says:

    Elsie though I know this was not unexpected it is still so hard to lose your mother. I so enjoyed my visit with her so many years ago. Such good memories. She had an amazing life and such energy. She will be missed by many. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • David Hnidy says:

    Was so glad I stopped in for a real nice visit last summer. Even had to apply my fire fighting duties and carry her down a flight of stairs when the elevator wasn’t working. Will never forget that.

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