My grandma, Carolyn Joyce Kaye, was born in New Brunswick, Canada, on February 23rd, 1942.
After spending her early childhood in New Brunswick (1942-1946), she moved to Ontario (Windsor and Ottawa) (1946-1960) where she would attend Fischer Park High School followed by working numerous jobs. In 1960 she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she would live out the rest of her life.
My grandmother was a hard working, loving, caring, and determined human being. She loved reading, volunteering at the library, cats, cooking, baking, cleaning, and she especially loved garbage days and public transportation (funny enough).
I grew up spending summers at my grandmothers house in Halifax. I would spend most of my time with my grandma watching TV together as she folded laundry, baking banana muffins and rice krispy treats, and going to the playground.
My grandma taught me so many life skills, but most importantly she taught me how to be a kind person. I will always consider my grandma to be my best friend. Those memories that I shared with her are ones that I know I will never forget.
My grandmother passed away on September 18th, 2022, after her battle with Dementia. I choose to not remember her through the difficult and sad memories that came in her final months, instead I will always remember her as the kindest person I have ever known. I want to continue what she started and help others that are struggling with the same thing I am struggling with because loosing someone to Alzheimers is so hard.
I am riding 60 miles over August 26th and 27th for those battling with Alzheimer’s, those who have lost someone to Alzheimer’s, those caring for ones with Alzheimer’s, those who have family members with Alzheimer’s, and everyone else who has been affected by this disease.
I love you Nanny.