Kelly Isabelle MacDuff (nee Quarrie) passed away peacefully at Andy’s House in Port Carling at the age of 57. Kelly was born in Guelph, Ontario to parents Kenneth and Marion Quarrie.
Kelly is survived by her husband Clyde, daughter Alexandra, step-daughters Emily, Hilary (Nathan) and Jenny. She will be greatly missed by her sister Kim (predeceased by her sister Karen) and brother Kenneth, sister-in-law Janet Burt (Tye), nephews Kyle and Andrew, and nieces Annie (Gregory) and Mary, grandson Jack, and her beloved Havanese dog, Olive.
Growing up, Kelly’s passion was gymnastics, self taught in her early years, then as a pre-teen taking public transit after school to late in the evening, to work out with clubs in the Guelph/Kitchener area. Through commitment and determination, Kelly progressed to compete at a Provincial Level and later went on to coach gymnastics in Guelph, and then when living in Muskoka, for the Limberettes.
In gathering work experience with both Evanco Development and Muskoka Ready Mix, Kelly then purchased Muskoka Staffing Limited and has owned and operated the business for the past 17 years. Once established, she and her husband planned to find a winter get-a-way, and in 2007 they purchased an older home adjacent to the beach in Naples, Florida. Despite the dream of spending time relaxing, they embarked on a 11-year construction program which included a minor renovation, major re-build, remediation, and another major build. Working along side architects, builders and interior designers, Kelly’s input was truly valued and respected, however as the years passed, she began to remind her husband, that the next build would be, a sand castle.
Unfortunately, in the fall of 2018, Kelly was diagnosed with cancer and underwent treatment and surgery in an effort to cure, but sadly, it reappeared in the spring of 2021, and Kelly began further therapies. With courage and strength, Kelly maintained a very positive attitude and one of hope throughout her many treatments. A very special thank you to all the wonderful caring and compassionate health professionals, including teams from South Lake-Newmarket, Princess Margaret, South Muskoka and finally, Andy’s House.
At Kelly’s request, a family celebration of her life will take place in the coming weeks. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that a donation be made to the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer research.