Kay passed away peacefully on April 3rd at the age of 91. Born and raised in Dexter, Missouri, Minnie Kay Farrow was one of eight children and learned early on there was a long list of daily chores on a farm and everyone had to lend a hand. Throughout her life, she had a strong work ethic and ensured her family was well cared for and worked hard every day at keeping a clean, tidy home filled with love.
After graduating from high school, Kay moved to St. Louis where she later met her beloved future husband John at a dance. They continued dancing happily and often throughout their 60 years of marriage. In 1961, they moved to sunny San Diego with their three young children and bought a home in the San Carlos community. John and his beloved Minnie Kay enjoyed playing tennis and treating the family to dinner out for pizza or taking a road trip to Disneyland, Lake Tahoe or to visit their cherished relatives in St. Louis. Kay and John rarely missed church on Sundays, donated to causes often and sacrificed to send their children to a Catholic school.
High spirited and fun-loving, she enjoyed spending time with her family and didn’t shy from things like trying out her kids’ new skateboard and showing them how she could walk on her hands throughout their home! She enjoyed gardening, shopping and had a tender heart for animals, especially her beloved cats and dogs. She and John were actively involved in senior dance clubs and were a sight to behold on the dance floor doing the jitterbug together. Known for her charm, beauty, grace, honesty and warmth, she was described by friends and family as a “bright light.”
Kay is survived by her three children – Yvonne and her husband Eric, Rene’ and her husband Jerry, and John and his wife Mary, her five grandchildren Lance, Jason, Sean, Ryan and Nicole, and her great-grandson Tristian, as well as her sister-in-law Gloria, brother-in-law Al and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed but we are comforted at the joyful thought that she was greeted by her adoring husband with a big smile, open arms and his dancing shoes on!
We wish to thank all of the loving caregivers and medical professionals who assisted Kay in her last few years. A private family celebration of her life and inurnment has been planned where she will join her husband at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Kay can be made to Alzheimer’s San Diego: http://www.alzsd.org.