Betty Louise Kernick, 67, of Kingston ON, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2024, surrounded by family and friends after a hard-fought battle with leukemia. Her passing leaves a void in the hearts of many, and she will be greatly missed.
She was born to the late James Walter Murray and Norma Larene Murray, on February 4, 1956 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON and shortly after her birth, the family moved to Niagara Falls, ON. She leaves behind her brother Jim and her much older sister – as Betty would say, Judy who were the best of friends. She moved to both B.C. and New Brunswick before settling in Kingston, where she worked as a legal secretary before transitioning into a long career as a personal support worker, caring for clients in the community, which brought her so much joy. This is also where she met her best friend Janiece, whom she loved dearly.
She married Kenneth Ray Kernick on April 29, 2006. He was the love of her life. They had a wonderful life together, surrounded by an incredible community of people in Kingston, but notably their dear friends on Sackville Crescent whom she was forever grateful to have had the good fortune to know and love. They enjoyed many Friday evenings sitting out in the yard enjoying good friends, food and conversation. The connections that were made are nothing short of extraordinary.
Betty is survived by her husband Ken Kernick, sister Judy Grice (Bill), brother Jim Murray, her daughter Heather Huggins-Hotte (Ghyslain), her son Kenneth Huggins, her stepdaughter Jennifer Asselstine (Chris), her stepson Kevin Kernick (Donna), and her stepson Brad Kernick (Melanie). She is also survived by eight grandchildren, whom she adored: Alec, Maeve, Charlie, Landen, Reilly, Kenzie, Nixon & Beauen.
Betty, also known as Bett, Mama B and Granny was a wonderful wife, daughter, sister, mother, granny, and friend. She will be remembered for her laugh, her quick wit, her desire to care for others, her love for baking and cooking and most notably her unwavering support of her children in all their pursuits, but especially on the ball diamond and at the hockey rink. She was the mother to two goaltenders who likely caused her undue stress, but she absolutely loved sitting in the stands cheering them on, which she was able to do again watching her grandsons carry on the hockey legacy. Her excited cheers will be dearly missed. She always found ways to make people feel loved and special, and it will be something that we carry in our hearts as we navigate this time of grief and unimaginable loss.
Betty specifically requested no “doom and gloom”, and so there will be a celebration of life on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Tir Nan Og Irish Pub in Kingston. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.