We had the good fortune to buy our first home across the street from Kay.
She was the first and best neighbor we ever had! She was there when we brought our first child Mollie home.
Mollie was adopted and the big event was long anticipated.
Kay LOVED Mollie and she did the same in return.
Kay blessed me with her knowledge and my education in flower gardening which I still enjoy.
She had lovely conversations with my husband and I who shared her views.
We remember Fergie and her previous dog, though his name escapes me.
We enjoyed getting snowed in with Kay...always checking on each other.
We lived in the corner for 7 years and moved back home to Maryland but always came by to drop in for a chat whenever we were back in town.
Feel very blessed to have known this wonderful woman and grateful to be able to read all these stories about Kay!
She will always inspire me to live a big outloud joyful inquisitive life!
Peace and blessings to her family!
Lisa , Pat and Mollie McGann
Another thing I loved about Big Kay was that despite her strong opinions and independent nature, she was always interested in the ideas of others. She especially liked knowing what young people were thinking - - a trait that we don't always find in older people. I keep that model in mind every day when I interact with a diverse world at work.
I've also been so inspired by her activities and studies at the Senior Center. She took advantage of learning opportunities, and I'm sure had a good time being a student after having been a teacher for so many years.
I'm impressed and touched that her former co-workers and students have remember her. I believe our "Big Kay" had a big impact on the world around her. I will miss her, but I will continue to remember her and be inspired by her example.
Sue Lutz Veal, Rochester, NH
-Linda Caldwell Dancy
Kay was a welcoming person who always took an interest in your education, your life and how you would impact others. In her mind it wasn't acceptable to keep your talents to yourself, and you had to look out for your fellow man. She was a proud woman who loved sharing her stories, and never forgot how lucky she was witness the advancements for women in the last part of the 20th century. She would often boast she was older than the ball point pen, remembered when a co-worker wore the first pant suit to teach in, and recognized a need for women to understand investments which lead to her co-founding the Women Investors of Newark.
Speaking of Newark, she was a staple. Always at the Crab Trap, Applebees, and scooting around in her red Saturn. When the YWCA was open she would be there every morning to swim, and work in the garden in the afternoon. Kay would attend City council meetings, speaking out about development and her concern of "retail on the bottom, and living up top in red brick buildings" which was never unnoticed.
With Kay's focus on local civics it is no surprise she was interested and involved in national politics as well. In short, she's been a Hillary Supporter since the beginning. Kay new that Hillary was going to run for President, even in the 90s when she had me read Hillary's biography. If you ever wanted to get Kay angry, just say you agree with a far right policy and you'd get an earful of facts, figures and a clear understanding of Kay's perspective
I'll always remember her in her garden showing me which flowers to cut, cover and spread mulch around. Not to mention her throwing water so her beloved Jack Russel Fergie would jump and catch the droplets. This was hours of enjoyment for both Kay and her pup.