Della Mae (Cookie) Kerr, 69, of Kenora, Ont., passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.
Cookie began her journey of life on June 18, 1941 as the third baby born at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
From there, she moved to Calm Lake, where her father worked as a power house operator. Her family later transferred to Kenora in 1950, where she spent a major part of her schooling.
Cookie trained as a nurse in Fort Frances and graduated in 1958. She continued her beloved career as an RPN for the next 48 years at La Verendrye Hospital and Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, and then Lake of the Woods Hospital and Birchwood Terrace in Kenora when she returned there in 2002.
She also served with the College of Nurses from 1997–2000.
Cookie had a special gift as a palliative provider and always felt honoured when caring for terminally-ill patients. She loved nursing and her sense of humour, willingness, and hard work always made her a pleasure to work with.
She was loved by friends and co-workers alike.
Cookie is survived by her former husband, Albert Magnan of Fort Frances, Ont. and their three children, Brian (special friend Bernie) Magnan of Orillia, Ont., Peter (Karen) Magnan of Calgary, Alta., and Nicole (Barry) Nelson of Minneapolis, Mn.; and grandchildren, Emily, Pricilla, and Spencer.
She also is survived by her sisters, Jean (Warner) Baxter of Iroquois Falls, Ont., Elaine Kozar of Kenora, Ont., and Linda (John) Lunny of Kenora, Ont.
She was predeceased by her parents, Hugh and Erba Kerr; sister, Lois; and brother-in-‐law, David Kozar.
Cookie loved life, her friends and family. She loved houseboating in her younger years with her sisters, and these get-togethers more often than not included singing Irish folk songs around a campfire and always were happy, fun-filled occasions.
Her greatest pastime was being out on the lake or the Winnipeg River fishing, swimming, or just sightseeing.
Cookie’s special wish, in lieu of flowers, is that friends and family remember her by doing random acts of kindness in her name.
A celebration of Cookie’s life will be held at a later date in Kenora.