, Salem, MA

December 10, 2012

Catherine V. "Kay" (Ward) MacKay, 91

Peabody — Catherine V. “Kay” (Ward) MacKay, 91, of Peabody, died peacefully at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on Sunday, December 2, 2012, after a brief illness.

A lifelong Peabody resident, Kay was a graduate of St. John the Baptist High School in Peabody. Daughter of the late John F. and Catherine (Wallace) Ward, she was the widow of the late Charles T. MacKay, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage.

She was employed for many years as a secretary at Parker Brothers, Sylvania and the Peabody School Lunch Program. In addition to a good joke she enjoyed cooking, decorating, walking, swimming, ballroom dancing, reading current events and traveling. Every day she practiced her credo of “Do the best you can and give the rest to God.” She was a former member of the St. John's Ladies Sodality in Peabody and the Peabody Golden Age Club.

For the last ten years of her life, she resided at the Rosewood Skilled Nursing Facility in West Peabody. We can never adequately thank all the fabulous people at Rosewood who took her under their wing and treated her just like one of their own.

Kay is survived by her children, Maureen A (MacKay) Pinciaro, Patricia (MacKay) (Miezwa) Henden and her husband, Neil Henden of Danvers, and Mark MacKay of Seattle, Wash.; her “granddogger,” Cleo; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Kay was predeceased by her siblings, James, John W. (“Wally”), Charles and William Ward, and Mary (Ward) Sahovey; her son, William MacKay; and son-in-law, Roland Pinciaro.

ARRANGEMENTS: A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 3- 7 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 20 Church St. (next to St. John’s Church & City Hall), Peabody. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, December 12, at 10 a.m. from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 16 Church Street, Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, Kay respectfully requested that expressions of sympathy be made to the Rosewood Residents' Fund, Rosewood Skilled Nursing Facility, C/O Jean Avalon, 22 Johnson St., Peabody, MA 01960 so that those who may be otherwise unable to do so may enjoy outings to Salem Willows, Topsfield Fair, shopping at the malls and the occasional lunch out. Burial in St. Mary’s cemetery, Salem. Please visit for directions, online obituary and memorial guest book.