For all of you who knew any of the Willis Family, Kathleen Florence Willis, youngest and last surviving daughter of Ernest and Ada (Humphrey) Willis, passed away 21 April 2013 at West Parry Sound Health Centre at the age of 95 years and three months. She married George Henry Smyth of Allen Twp. Manitoulin Island in 1937 and after running the snack bar and a couple of cottages at “The Corner” across from where the road goes into Willisville, they moved to the Parry Sound area. After about 6 years in partnership with Kay’s sister Alena and her hubby, Alex Raby, they purchased a cottage and sleeping cottage on the shores of Big Lake, now Giroux Lake. They worked diligently and when they sold in the 1960s here were 9 cottages and the main lodge, all of which George built. They moved into Parry Sound and purchased a house there, which they later sold and moved to a smaller one just two doors away. George passed away in 1983 and Kay still resided there until her death. Over the years she had been involved volunteer with various charities and was pastoral visitor with her church. She loved her family and all her nieces and nephews and was a very hospitable person. She will be missed!
The last of the original Willis family.