Mary 'June' Kay
COLUMBIA — Mary “June” Kay was an outgoing and positive person who enjoyed many activities.
She enjoyed reading, dancing, cooking, bowling and attending MU football games. She loved spending time outdoors, especially with her husband, Raymond Lee Kay. They spent time fishing and camping each year at Bennett Springs. She was a generous woman who loved her family.
Mrs. Kay of Columbia died Friday, March 4, 2011. She was 76.
Mrs. Kay was born June 21, 1934, in Hobson, Texas, to Ernest Peter Paul and Mary Annie Gulley Koenig.
She grew up in Conroe, Texas, after her family relocated there in 1938. She graduated from David Crockett High School in 1952.
She married Raymond Lee Kay on Dec. 31, 1955, in Houston. They were married for 42 years.
They both loved to dance, and they met at a dance on an Air Force base. Mr. Kay was an officer in the Air Force.
Mrs. Kay was a secretary for many years at an insurance company and MU.
Her daughter Cheryl Kay-Brown described her mother as a loving woman who was always big on giving hugs. She said she will never forget her mom's smile.
“A lot of people just loved her,” Kay-Brown said.
Another daughter, Denise Schoennoehl, said her mother really loved people and no one was a stranger to her. She even had close relationships with employees at the grocery stores where she often shopped.
Schoennoehl said Mrs. Kay used to play matchmaker with the employees at Gerbes and bought holiday gifts for some of them. When she walked through the doors, they announced over the loudspeaker, “April, May, June.”
“Everybody that knew her said she never complained,” Schoennoehl said. “Even the hospital staff would say she was the nicest person they’d ever met and she was very compassionate. She always had something to say to anyone to make them feel better. She didn’t have a mean bone in her body — she really didn’t.”
She is survived by four children, Michael Kay, Denise Schoennoehl and her husband, Eddie, Cheryl Kay-Brown and her husband, Mike, and Patricia “Annie” Scantling; one brother, Cecil Koenig; one sister, Lydia Mixon; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Kay’s husband and two brothers, Gilbert and Irvin, died earlier.
A private family memorial service will be held Friday in Columbia.
Memorials may be sent to the National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112.
Condolences can be posted at parkerfuneralservice.com.