Kathleen “Kay” Lois Nelson

Kay Nelson, 97, of Miller, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Kathleen Lois Corcoran was born on January 5, 1917 in Miller, South Dakota to Charles and Ida (Clarin) Corcoran. She attended Miller schools except for two years that she attended grade school in Watertown. She graduated from Miller High School in 1935 and then attended Northern State College in Aberdeen.

Kay worked at the Federal Land Bank office in Miller and later moved to Huron where she worked at the State Employment Office. In 1941 she moved to California and worked as a secretary at Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, California.

On May 3, 1942, she married Leonard Nelson, of St. Lawrence, SD, in Los Angeles, CA. They later moved back to South Dakota where they raised their five children. Over the years, Kay was a volunteer for the Miller Schools, the American Red Cross and worked part-time at the Miller Livestock Auction and Cal-Fay Fashions. She also often was a poll worker at election times. Kay was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed doing ceramics, playing cards and traveling. She was the last active founding member of a Miller bridge club that began in 1935. In the later years of their marriage, Leonard and Kay spent 31 years wintering in Mesa, Arizona.
Kathleen is survived by her five children: Gary (Lynn) of Johns Creek, GA; Robert (Toni) of Las Vegas, NV, Thomas (Russ) of Colorado Springs, CO, Suzanne (Greg Klinkel) of Boulder, CO and Dianne (Tom Lookabaugh) of Denver, CO; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including Rich and Dave Nelson of Miller and Patty Spicer of Sioux Falls.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Leonard Hemming Nelson, who passed away in 1998; her parents: Charles and Ida Corcoran; and sisters: Marion Wakeman and Bernice Cross.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memoriam be directed to the Miller Community Center in care of On-Hand Development.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Kay’s arrangements.
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