Friends of late Darlington stalwart Maggie McKay invited to memorial service

Friends of late Darlington stalwart Maggie McKay invited to memorial service

FRIENDS of long-time Darlington stalwart Maggie McKay are invited to join her family at a memorial service.

The great-grandmother was privately cremated after recently losing her battle with Parkinson’s disease.

A tribute tea to celebrate her life will be held at 2pm on Sunday, February 4, in Boya Community Centre.

Daughter Lisa said her mother made many friends through the Darlington Theatre Players, where she was occasionally seen on the stage but more often created the costumes, props and set designs.

For some time her mother ran the uniform shop at Helena School (now Helena College) and made the girls’ dresses and boys’ shirts.

She was a ‘dab hand’ at anything creative and was not afraid to try a new skill or improve her mind by studying English and Psychology at UWA.

Ms McKay worked mainly in sales, ran haberdashery shops in Midland and Koongamia, a cosmetics shop in Perth and recycled clothing shops in Bassendean and Glen Forrest.

She was an excellent cook and worked at the Rosehill Country Club before becoming a celebrant.

In her spare time she bred and showed miniature poodles and organised Darlington antique fairs. Another passion was co-ordinating Darlington pub nights to boost the charity coffers of Save the Children.

Along with voluntary work, she managed Greenmount and Boya halls for the Shire of Mundaring and was a volunteer driver for the Hills Community Support Group (now RISE).

In 2007 she was recognised for her service with a Premier’s Australia Day active citizenship award.

Ms McKay is survived by three children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

If anyone would like to attend the memorial, call Lisa on 0412 578 858 or Tina on 0417 095 527.

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