October 3, 1927 – March 7, 2017
Passed away peacefully at The Meadows LTC facility in Ancaster, Ontario on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in her 90th year. Kit left us to be reunited with the love of her life, Melvin (Mel) after 9 years & 37 days apart. Kit leaves to mourn, her children, Carol-Anne (Ken Lawrence), Wesley (Jahn) Colling, Sandy (Don Freeman) and Bonnie (Scott McCoy). Kit was delighted to be “Granny” to Kevin & Robert (Julie) Fox, Geoff (Jaclyn) Colling & Rochelle (Kyle) McLean, Vicky (Brad) Freeman & Kelly (Rob) Peck and Amy (Ryan) Taylor & Sean (Amanda) McCoy. She was also Great-Granny to 14 great-grandchildren ranging in age from 12 years to 2 months. Kit was predeceased by her parents Fred & Kay Layfield & brothers Tony & John, all of Ancaster. Kit is survived by her sisters Alice (Trevor) Camp of Ancaster & Betty (Ken) McBride & Pat McElhill of the UK and numerous nieces and nephews. Kit was born in Auckland, New Zealand & grew up in Darlington, County Durham, England. Kit was an accomplished dancer, having trained from an early age, and at the age of 16, ran 2 dance studios in Darlington, teaching ballet, tap, jazz & ballroom dancing. It was on a blind date, that she met her husband to be, Melvin, who was serving with the RCAF on an airfield just outside of Darlington. They were married in Burlington, Ontario on Dec. 14, 1946 and spent 43 happy years living on Fiddler’s Green Road in Ancaster. Kit & Mel were founding members of Marshall Memorial United Church, and Kit was very active in the church community. She was also a lifetime member of the Ancaster Horticultural Society and proud Trillium award winner, a volunteer at Fieldcote Museum, member of the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre and avid bowler. When the sad day came that she had to leave her house in Ancaster, she & Mel became enthusiastic members of the Villages of Glancaster community, where Kit taught many of her neighbors how to tap dance. Mel & Kit then moved to Rushdale, assisted living home, and after Mel`s passing, Kit moved to AMICA at Dundas and became a member of St. Paul`s United Church. Finally she returned once more to Ancaster and spent the last 3 years at The Meadows Long Term Care Facility. Kit loved Canada, she was the most patriotic person we knew. She loved the family that she married into and she loved Ancaster. She had a long and happy life in her adopted country. Visitation will take place on Monday, March 13th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St., Dundas. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 14th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul`s United Church, 29 Park Street, Dundas. A private interment will take place at Lowville United Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Paul`s United Church or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. The family would like to thank the staff at The Meadows for their kindness and compassion in caring for our mother & grandmother these past 3 years.