Barbara Ann Kay served in Army Signal Corps, directed pre-schools

Monday, August 20, 2012 | 8:07 p.m. CDT

LAURIE, Mo. — Barbara Ann Kay, 73, of Laurie and formerly of Columbia, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at her home in Gravois Mills.

Ms. Kay was born Oct. 21, 1938, in Oak Park, Ill., to Eva and John Mattvick.


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On Aug. 13, 1957, she married her high school sweetheart, James E. Kay, in Cicero, Ill., after a two year courtship.

Ms. Kay was raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Ill. She later graduated from Columbia College in Columbia.

She served in the Army Signal Corps. and was the director of two children’s pre-schools. She later worked as a security guard with the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center, as a dispatcher for the MU Police Department and with the U.S. Department of Revenue.

Ms. Kay retired in 1998 after suffering from a stroke, and she and her husband permanently moved to their lake house outside of Laurie in 1999, where she remained until her death.

Ms. Kay enjoyed spending time with her family, taking camping trips to various locations before she and her husband purchased their campground in 1974, her husband said. Crooked Creek Campground, located outside of Kingdom City, became the location of many future family vacations and gatherings, keeping the family connected through the years, James Kay said.

Ms. Kay is survived by her husband, James Kay Sr.; two sons, James E. Kay Jr. and his wife Jayse, of St. Charles, and David Kay and his wife, Brenda, of Lake Ozark; three daughters, Karen Cochran of Columbia, Katherine Roberts and her husband, Rodney, of Columbia, and Karalyn Lowen and her husband, Marck, of Hallsville; several grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two siblings, Karen Englebrecht of Gravois Mills and John Mattvick of Irving, Texas.

Her parents, Eva and John Mittvick, and her great-granddaughter, Anighya, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

In place of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Barbara’s name to the Central Missouri Food Bank, 2101 Vandiver Drive  Columbia, MO 65202.

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