I’ve known Kay since I moved to Garner in 1979 – when she worked in the “domestics” department at Goodnatures store – dry goods, notions, linens and all domestic goods. Everybody went there to buy flour sacks to embroider on as well as a selection of iron on patterns. She worked there for over 30 years and retired in 1998. We were just starting our business at that time and we could buy fabric there in limited amounts.
Kay, age 88, lives at Concord Care Center right now but longs to return to Prairie View just down the street where she could have an efficiency apartment. She landed at Concord because she’s a falling risk.
Kay married Ron Karsjens – pronounced carsh -d – yuns – (say it fast) on June 20, 1954 right after her birthday on June 5. Ron drove semi over the road for most of their married life and in his spare time at home he liked to crochet. I received a beautiful large round doily for Christmas one year. They were married for 52-1/2 years when Ron died in February 2006. His funeral was held on Valentine’s Day which Kay said was the perfect day because he’d been her sweetheart for over 52 years.
They raised 3 kids: Tim, Cindy and Susan. Kay goes to my church as well as Susan and her family. Remember the little girl who sometimes sits on my lap at the piano during the children’s sermon? Her name is Rebecca and she is Kay’s great granddaughter. Rebecca’s has two brothers – Jake and Ethan.
Kay enjoys playing Bingo at Concord and doesn’t miss “Movin’ To Music”, the exercise class held every morning. I noticed a small portable sewing machine in her room – and yes, it’s a Bernina. She shares a room and her space is quite crowded – I, too, wish she could go back to Prairie View. She is a fan of the Bold and the Beautiful – I’ll remember not to visit her between 12:30 – 1:00 – just as we never visited Mom during Price Is Right. She watches the Inspiration channel and loves old westerns.
Kay uses a walker to get around but comes to church via the church van using a wheelchair. I know she’d love receiving a card from any of you. Just remember to tell her how you know her.
Concord Care Center
490 W. Lyon
Garner, IA 50438
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