KAY McCARTY

Kay McCarty, of Mora, died on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at her home.  She was 80 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 24th at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora.  Rev. Dean Oelfke will officiate.

VISITATION will be from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Friday, November 23rd at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home; plus one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

INTERMENT will be at Union Cemetery in Cambridge.

Ramona Kay McCarty passed away peacefully on November 20, 2012 at home surrounded by family. She had a short hospital stay followed by home hospice care. She was 80 years young.

Kay was born on March 11, 1932 in Cambridge, MN to Glenn and Viola (Soldin) Nelson. She grew up on the family farm and attended Cambridge High School. Jim and Kay were united in marriage in 1949 and moved to Mora where she resided, except for a brief period when Jim was called to active duty in the U.S. Air Force.

She was devoted to her family. Kay returned to school and received her Associates Degree and LPN certification at the age of 46. She became a Master Gardener and enjoyed working with fellow gardeners throughout the community.  Kay was active at Calvary Lutheran Church, a member for over 60 years.

Kay enjoyed spending time with family, recycling, traveling, gardening, Scrabble, Wheel of Fortune and socializing in any form. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Glenn and her mother, Viola. 

Kay is survived by her husband, Jim of Mora; children: Mary McCarty of Buffalo, MN; Marlys McCarty of Orono, MN; Mike and Gail McCarty of Sartell, MN; grandchildren: Amanda McCarty and Luis Leandro of Silver Spring, MD; Ryan and Kelly Jo McCarty of Sartell, MN; Ashley McCarty of Atlanta, GA; great grandchildren: Lillian McCarty and Madison McCarty; brothers Gene and LaVonne Nelson; Jerry and Julie Nelson, all of Cambridge, MN; Jim’s sisters and brothers; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Funeral services held on Saturday, Nov. 24th at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora.  Rev. Dean Oelfke officiated.  Music provided by Elaine Keehr and Tom Humphrey.  Pallbearers are Wayne Anderson, George Baldwin, Sharon Lidstrom, Kane Nelson, Kurt Nelson and David Struckman.  Honorary Pallbearers are Amanda McCarty, Ashley McCarty, Kelly Jo McCarty, Ryan McCarty, Bob Jensen and Rita Jensen.  Burial at Union Cemetery in Cambridge, MN. 

20 guestbook entries for KAY McCARTY

  1. Charity Stanchfield November 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    My heart is so, so sad at Kay’s passing. I have known Kay my entire life. She was a fixture in my own grandma’s life as well. Kay and I spent countless hours talking while exercising at a local gym. I absolutely adored Kay, and will miss her infectious laugh, kind heart, and overall genorosity towards others. She was an amazing person, and left a mark on anyone that knew her. I will miss her deeply, and will rest easy knowing she is in a wonderful place. Heaven gained a sweet, sweet lady.

  2. Bob & Sharon Mork November 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Jim and family
    Sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Kathy Brandt November 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    What sad news! We will all miss Kay. She and I worked together at Industries Inc some years ago. Her kindness and genuine concern for all was evident in every moment our our workday. My sincere sympathy to the family.

  4. Alan Milavetz & Bonnie Resnick November 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    Dear Mary, Marlys, and family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother sounds like an amazing woman. We are sending love and prayers at this difficult time. Alan Bonnie David Danny Zoe and Talia.

  5. Amy Peterson November 21, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    I only just met Kay a couple years ago… a long journey through family history was made more complete with stories shared by Kay. What a blessing and vibrant spirit entering the gates of Heaven. A fond memory is the day she invited our family over for a brunch with her and Jim. Our first ever meeting… and she shared her smile, wit, and sense of humor. My thoughts are with you all as you go through this time. Mary & Marlys… we should make the next “Occasional Sale Weekend”… and dedicate our time to your Mom. Blessings and Love, Amy

  6. Bruce Arnold November 21, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Kay was such a delight and kind beyond words. She and my late mother were long time friends.
    Kay will be missed. With appreciation and in celebration of her life, thank you for sharing her with the rest of us. Bruce Arnold

  7. Deb Lindquist November 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Mary, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. I hope to see you either Friday or Saturday to give you the big HUG I have been saving for you! May our moms rest in peace! Love you, Deb

  8. Alice (Willman) Anderson November 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    We want you to know we care when you are hurting. Kay’s smile and beautiful spirit will live on in all of our hearts. She cared enough to “keep in touch” with so many relatives and friends. I’m sorry we cannot be with you and share her Memorial Service. We had a previous committment and are out of the area. Please considered yourselves hugged, loved and prayed for. Lovingly,
    Alice and Lyle Anderson

  9. Don and Cindy Nelson November 22, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Dear Jim, Mary, Marlys and Mike,
    We were so very sorry to hear that Kay had passed away. We have many fond memories of her as a neighbor to Don’s family. A very difficult time for you, but we will keep you in our prayers and will be thinking of you in the days ahead.
    Don and Cindy

  10. Ashley McCarty November 22, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    My grandmother was such a special woman! She was kind, generous, sweet, so loving and full of life! I’ve never felt at such peace with someone passing. I know grandma Kay has an incredibly special place in heaven. I am saddened to not be able to attend the funeral and visitation, however the week I had with my family caring for her will never be forgotten and was truly the best gift my grandmother could have ever given me. If I can ask one favor from people who will be there, please support, love and pray for my dad (mike), my aunt Mary and marlys and grandpa Jim. It will be a difficult day for them and they will need sweet support! Thank you and blessings to you all!

  11. Jon Anderson November 22, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Kay extended her warm hospitality and love toward my wife Elaine and I since we met her on a vacation with my mother in 1973 that included Minnesota. She became our link to our Minnesota family heritage and thereby broadened and enriched our lives.My brother Robert,Elaine and I will travel from our suburban Chicago homes to be with you and share memories of Kay and celebrate her life well lived. Jon

  12. kay, Jim Pierson & Families November 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Hilderd and Kay Pierson
    Our sympathy and prayers to Jim and family, Kay was such a pleasant person to visit with, we will miss that sweet loving smile. Praying that you will find peace, knowing that now she is with Jesus in a wonderful place of rest.

  13. Monica Anderson November 23, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I am so sorry I will not be able to attend the funeral. Rob and I had many wonderful visits with Kay and Jim in Minnesota. Our kids were also there a few times for Vasolopette, etc. We will always remember Kay’s kindness and love. She will be dearly missed by us all. Love, Rob and Monica Anderson (as well as Tanya and Jerry Song and Justin and Laura Anderson)

  14. Dan Naumann November 23, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Jim, Mike and McCarty family… I am so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. You have such a wonderful family. Your wife/mother was a great person. Always so kind. I will be thinking of you all.

  15. Mary Lou Sather November 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Dear Jim and family–
    I have known Kay since we all were in first grade and she has been my dear, dear friend all our lives. I can’t imagine how the CHS class of ’50 will get along without her. Whenever I think of school I think of all the trouble we used to get into, sitting in the front row in Biology class, right in front of Mr Ernst. We always talked too much and now I won’t answer the phone again and hear her sweet voice saying HI! She leaves a gigantic hole in the ranks of our class and we won’t be the same without her. Jim, my prayers are with you–I’m sure you can hardly realize that she really is gone but I’m glad we have an Eternal Hope in Jesus Christ. My brother Fred Olsen sends greetings to Gene. You will continue in my prayers as you have been in them for many many years, Lovingly, Mary Lou

  16. Barb Nevin and Milavetz office staff November 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Dear Mary,

    All of us send to you our deepest sympathy! We are so sorry for the loss of your mother! Our prayers are with you!

    Barb, Janine, Walter, and the rest of the Milavetz staff!

  17. Mary (Fiala) Heins November 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    McCarty Family,
    I only learned of Kay’s passing today. I too, am saddened for you as I know how much you will miss her. I am truly grateful to have known her. It was always a pleasure to run into her while out and about because of her friendliness and great smile. May the memories of her ease your pain. With thoughts & prayers,
    Mary Fiala Heins

  18. Katie and Rob Saemann November 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Sending our love and sympathy to all the McCartys and Nelsons and extended family. Kay will always be remembered for her kind and pure heart. Prayers for comfort and healing at this sad time.

  19. Traci LeBrun December 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    I am very sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. I met her about 12 years ago. She joined me in ministry projects such as a ladies bible study for new believers, MOPS projects and childcare and donated several bibles that she came across for us to give out at the trailer court/apartments in town .. I think she even went door to door with us! She was a real servant of the Lord and will be greatly missed in the community. Jim, I am sorry for your loss.
    Traci LeBrun -Pine City (formerly of Mora)

  20. Cindy Holley January 6, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    I am sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. I worked at the local recycling center when I met her. She was looking for used stamps to send to non profit organization. She also brought in her recycling. Did I mention she rode her bike from town to the recyclying center? She was full of spunk and energy. God bless you Kay. Cindy Holley

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