Lynett Louise Kane
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Lynett Louise Kane of Edmonton. As leaves swirled and fell like embers, she took her “leave” at sunset on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. She was surrounded by her adoring family and held in love by her extensive circle of dear friends and extended family. Hers was a life complete and if there is such a thing as a beautiful, timely death, hers was so.
Lynett was a loving partner to her wife Aileen Quinn, for 24 years, and loving matriarch to her three children: Sean McKell (Kristen), Matthew McKell (Corrine) and Lynett McKell.
She is also survived by her 8 beloved grandchildren, Bennet, Andrew, Layla, Malaiya, Jane, Francis, Jackson and Sage, her great grandchild Hudson, and Hudson’s mother Mackenzie Belcourt, her siblings, Murray Kane (Louise), Eleanor Kane (Marion), Joanne Kane, Paul Kane, Bernice Chapman (Leon), her former husband and father of her children, Bruce McKell, her cherished Quinn and McKell siblings-in-law, and many adored nieces and nephews.
She was born in Edmonton July 21st, 1951, and lived for 6 years, 3 blocks away from Pilgrim’s hospice where she died. Her family moved to Montreal where she lived until 1974. One of her fondest memories was the summers spent at the Weetamoo cottage at Lac Archambeau, swimming out to the rock, water skiing, and hanging out on the dock and in the boat house.
She met Bruce in Montreal and gave birth to their first son Sean in 1972. After a couple of years, they moved to Vancouver. Opportunity brought the young family back to Lynett’s roots in Edmonton. Matthew was born in 1975 and Lynett in 1976. Edmonton became home, where she proudly raised her family. Because of Lynett’s love of nature, the family had countless trips to Jasper, the west coast of Canada, and across Canada to visit family in the east.
She graduated from Mount Royal Catholic High School in Montreal, graduated as valedictorian from MacEwan University in Edmonton with a Social Work diploma, graduated with distinction from University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Social Work, and received her Master of Social Work from Dalhousie University with scholarships and awards throughout.
Her illustrious career began at the Edmonton Public Library when she was raising her family. It included volunteering at the Edmonton Distress Line, WIN house, Edmonton Healing Centre, and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
She worked at Children and Family Services, the Sexual Health Clinic, the Stollery at both the Royal Alexandra and the University of Alberta Hospitals, where she became the manager of the social work team. She received accolades/awards for her dedication to the work and families. She “retired” and worked part-time as a grief counsellor at Kids with Cancer.
She had numerous close friends and groups with whom she built a joyous and supportive community of interlocking strength and loyalty, including the Riverdale “hoodlums,” an enneagram work group, Gurdjieff sacred dance movements, Soul Song Circle choir, circle dance, a book club, and her beloved ukulele quartet band called “Two Strings Short."
As well as surrounding herself with music, Lynett had a passion for creating art. Her mediums of choice were water colours, sketching, fine line drawing, knitting, creative and scholarly writing, including a published article on family bereavement in the International Journal of Palliative Nursing.
She had an adventurous spirit and travelled many places in North America and beyond including Mexico, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, Panama, India, Australia, Antarctica, numerous places in Asia, and many others.
She loved gardening, hiking, swimming, and entertaining. Her love of nature also influenced extensive camping, canoeing, and kayaking trips.
The relationships that she grew and fostered with her kids and grandkids will be remembered deeply and her legacy of love will continue on.
Her sparkle for life and love of people will always be remembered. There will be a tribute to celebrate her love of life at Pioneers Cabin on Scona Road in Edmonton on Saturday, November 11, at 2 pm. To honour Lynett please wear mountain attire or white.
“This too is a love story.”
Lynett, her family, and friends received exquisite, comforting care in her last weeks at Pilgrims Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to https://pilgrimshospice.com/get-involved/make-a-donation/ with acknowledgement of the incredibly kind, compassionate, and skilled care team.